From the Archives: In 1952 UFOs over Washington D.C. made headlines – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Breaking NewsIn the summer of 1952 a series of unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings were reported in Washington, D.C. On July 19 and 20 and again on July 27 radar scopes at Washington National Airport and Andrews Air Force Base tracked mysterious blips. When the Air Force sent some jets to investigate they found nothing. The incidents made headlines across the country. The Pentagon later said the unknown radar blips were false images caused by temperature inversion. Seventy years later, UFO sightings continue to fascinate the public, although most have similarly down-to-earth explanations.From the Evening Tribune, Tuesday, July 29, 1952:Editor’s Note — forty-eight hours of intensive investigation has failed to explain radar and visual observation of unidentified objects accompanied by brilliant white and colored lights on two successive week ends over Washington. The so-called saucers were seen on both Air Force and Civil Aeronautics Authority radarscopes. How the C.A.A. sightings were made is described in the following article by a civilian radar specialist.By James M. RitcheyRadar Specialist, Washington Air Route Traffic Control CenterWASHINGTON, July 20 (INS) — Until unidentified objects began moving onto our radarscopes, I thought people who reported “flying saucers” were just seeing things. Now I don’t know…

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From the Archives: In 1952 UFOs over Washington D.C. made headlines – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Updated: August 4, 2022 — 10:27 am