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.