Washington, D.C. UFO Incident (1952)
A National Airlines flight was approaching Washington, D.C. on Saturday, July 26, 1952 at 8:15pm when both the pilot and a stewardess observed strange lights above their plane.
Moments later both radars at the National Airport and at Andrews AFB were tracking several objects. A master sergeant at the base describe the unknown objects as:
"these lights did not have the characteristics of shooting stars. There was [sic] no trails . . . they traveled faster than any shooting star I have ever seen."
Around 9:30pm, Project "Blue Book" spokesman, Albert M. Chop, arrives at the National Airport and denies the press any photos of the radar screens due to security reasons.
Two more F-94 Starfire jet fighters from New Castle Air Force Base were scrambled to investigate. Again, one pilot saw nothing, but his wingman did stating that he saw a white light which "vanished" when he moved towards it.
Several civilian planes flying in the Washington area reported seeing glowing lights in the area where he radar was getting blips. In hindsight, information came out that the same blips were recorded days earlier on July 19th and 20th.
Because of "A massive buildup of sightings over the United States in 1952", President Harry Truman demanded an explanation from the CIA which eventually led to the Robertson Panel in 1953 to investigate the UFO phenomenon.
The Washington, D.C. UFO Sightings made front page headlines in newspapers across the nation.
The objects would move around in strange ways. One minute they would be travelling slowly, then reverse and move back across the radar scope at speeds calculated to be around 7,000 mph.
Two U.S. Air Force F-94 Starfire jet fighters from New Castle Air Force Base where scrambled to investigate the area. One pilot saw nothing, however his wingman spotted four white "glows" and chased them. He later stated:
"I tried to make contact with the bogies below 1,000 feet. I was at my maximum speed...I ceased chasing them because I saw no chance of overtaking them."