In this case, even Blue Book and the Condon Committee ruled out malfunctions because none were ever detected. There's just no proof that these existed, even according to the Air Force records from the time. Some people later speculated that they must have existed, but I know of no proof in the records that they did.
It is not just Uncle Phil though. McClure said a malfunction. so did an engineer at Forbes AFB, and when Phil sent his paper out, a Bendix engineer also confirmed the fault further, an intermittent fault cannot have a "malfunction" unless you catch in the act, but if you replace the faulty item and the problem goes away, that does notmake the fault non-existant. Normally when you cannot locate one small item, you just replace everything in the vicinity good or bad, just to make sure. In that sense a fault is never found whilst it is repaired.
When McClure read this (Klass) explanation, he disagreed:
I don’t agree with the malfunction though, because I flew that equipment for 1000 hours in a period of four years and I never saw any sign of a malfunction of this nature, and I never heard any of the hundreds of experienced ravens we had voice any thing which would lead to this conclusion. I do feel strongly that something malfunctioned, but I have no notion of what it could be.
In fact, this type of fault was mentioned by a technician the next day according to McClure:
The day after the incident, when several of them were talking to a technician at Forbes AFB and the technician suggested that a loose lead on the ALA-6 might have caused the sweep around signal in Mississippi, Provenzano asserted that he had seen the same phenomenon on his APD-4 monitor
And then the Bendix engineer:
When Klass forwarded his paper on the incident to D.G. Erskine of Bendix, he received the following reply:
One of our engineers here, Jim Watson, read the RB-47 case write up and asked that I convey to you his comments. He was an instructor for the Air Force teaching maintenance on the AN/ALA-6 unit and he said, “Had I been asked what could have caused the 180 degree ambiguity, I would have immediately responded that the most probable cause would have been failure of the K-301 relay
Dead set, you are more game than me questioning three professionals in the field A faulty relay seems rather more logical than a disappearing and reappearing alien spacecraft emitting S Band signals to be perfectly honest.
For that matter, the crews on the plane and the ground would have to have been malfunctioning pretty badly, too, but there's no evidence that they were.
There is some conflicting testimony there too, again fro SUNlite
Hanley told McDonald that he never tracked the UFO.
He said that he had search radar on and was looking all around and in every way he could, but never had any radar contact with the object.
McDonald stated he could not confirm one way or the other by the Copilot, McCoid:
…He could not recall whether the navigator got any radar return on his set.
Chase’s actual report, written in 1957, states they were unsuccessful on tracking it with the plane’s airborne radar (although he did mention scope photographs were taken, which was denied by Hanley). Chase may have been referring to the ground radar and the CIRVIS report probably reflects the crews reception of the radar signals and not an actual tracking with the navigation radar. All of this seems to indicate there never was any tracking of the UFO with the airplane’s radar.
So they did not both zero in in the same object, and there is nothing to support that it happened that way.
That's the rub here! This is why the case is not simply written of as malfunction. There are some weird reports that could be described by natural phenomena. Such has never been the undertaking though, all people ever did was say Alien or not alien. There are more options than those two, such as natural phenomena. Which could at times I feel be described as both!
Mate, do not let my little exchanges with Zoser affect our conversations, Zoser took on the current situation all by himself. I treat people how they treat me, you know that