At 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 26, 1952
, a pilot and stewardess on a National Airlines flight into Washington observed some lights above their plane. Within minutes, both radar centres at National Airport, and the radar at Andrews Air Force Base, were tracking more unknown objects. Very soon, around seven of them appeared around the White House.
Then-president Harry Truman asked the air force to “track and take them down”. Around 11:30 p.m., two F-94 jets started chasing them. One of them could see nothing live, even though there were non-stop radar bleeps. The other could see four of them around him. He asked the control tower what to do, but no one knew what to do, and the blips disappeared as quickly as they appeared.
Later, the weather station said it was due to temperature inversion, which causes weird visual phenomenons. Almost everyone involved refused to accept that explanation. Eerie, right?
Let’s dive in.