a reply to: Davg80
I don't want this thread to become all about the DC 1952 sightings by the way. However to get things in context by 1952 the saucer flaps of 1947 had
quietened down. (Roswell was not really considered anything important back then by the way). But 1952 was a peak year in UFO activity and a record
year for 'unknowns' recorded by Project Bluebook (mainly because of few Bluebook staff compared to reports -they simply didn't have the manpower to
Then bang! DC was in panic as radar alerts were triggered over two July weekends in 1952.
The main witnesses were :
First Weekend 19th/20th July
Edward Nugent - Air Traffic Controller Washington (he detected radar signals only)
Harry Barnes - Nugent's Supervisor (again he only witnesses radar detection)
Howard Cocklin - In another radar tower to Nugent (again witnessed only radar signals)
William Brady - Andrews Air Force Base radar operator (also saw an orange fireball)
Capt S.C Pierman - Capital Airline Pilot on a runway noted 6 objects approaching his position
SSgt. Charles Davenport - Andrew Air Force Base observed a stationary orange light in the sky
E.W. Chamber civilian radio engineer - who reported five enormous disks circling in a loose formation
Second Weekend 26th/27th July
Staff Radar operators at Washington and Andrew AFB - tracked rapid moving objects on their scopes
Lt. William Patterson - interceptor pilot reported 4 bright objects surrounding his aircraft.
Capt. John McHugo - Patterson's flight leader who reported he saw nothing whilst in the air at the same time.
There's possibly a few others. But this was late night/early morning in 1952. Most civilians were not out and about with cameras and were probably at
home in bed.
The reports soon hit the press and a sort of mass hysteria followed. Many people believed that ET was coming. However the AIr Force explained that it
was all 'temperature inversions'. With the primitive radar of the day then this can't be ruled out. It was also a time when the Southern Delta Aquarid
meteor shower would have been visible in the Washington skies.
However 1952 marks the start of a cover-up of sorts. I'm not saying anyone had any proof that there was anything extra-terrestrial.However the events
had spooked America (and also Winston Churchill over here). To avoid this sort of hysteria again and also to conceal what they didn't know about UFOs
the US (and its allies) then began to dampen down reports and also introduce a policy of ridiculing witnesses.
The 'infamous' photo of the Washington Capitol Building surrounded by UFOs could not have been taken until at least 1965 because the architect of the
Capitol Building has confirmed it in writing. He recognised some building work that had been done in 1965 that means the photo could not have been
taken earlier. See : www.abovetopsecret.com...
edit on 23/8/16 by mirageman because: corrections