RADCAT Case Directory
  Category 9, RADAR  
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RADCAT is a revitalized special project now being conducted jointly by NICAP & Project 1947 with the help and cooperation of the original compiler of RADCAT, Martin Shough, to create a comprehensive listing of radar cases with detailed documentation from all previous catalogues, including UFOCAT and original RADCAT.

The Washington National Sightings
July 19/20, 1952
Washington, DC area

updated: 23 May 2016
Brad Sparks:
July 19/20, 1952; Washington, DC (BBU)
11:40 p.m.-6 a.m. (EDT). Numerous visual, radar and radar-visual sightings by ground observers and pilots in the air. 6 hours 20 min.

Fran Ridge:
This report is case #23, on the official clearance list. of 41 formerly classified Air Technical Intelligence UFO reports cleared for Maj. Donald E. Keyhoe by Albert M. Chop, Air Force Press Desk. The U. S. relied upon radar of WWII vintage to defend its vast airspace. Secretly, the US Joint Chiefs of Staff had been working on a permanent national radar network which was meant to be in place by 1 July 1952, which had been identified as "the critical date when the Soviets would pose a dangerous threat." Imagine what it must have been like in 1952 to have UFOs over-flying the Nation's Capitol, tracked by radar and jet interceptors being scrambled. Not only did this actually happen on July 19/20, but it happened again on July 26/27. The action covered a wide area and this directory covers the official records and press releases which followed. The events of July 26/27 are covered in a separate report. [Note: pdfs taggeg as * & ** are the latest docs provided by Barry Greenwood and may replace the many of the doc "leads" listed below].

Detailed reports and documents
July 19/20, 1952
The first incident, July 19/20, 1952 (Donald Keyhoe)
docs/1952_07_19_US_DC_radar_965_966.pdf (Barry Greenwood) *
docs/1952_07_19_US_DC_Radar_968_970.pdf (Barry Greenwood) **
July 19/20, 1952;  D.C. / Reports from Andrews AFB - MAXW-PBB11 1003-1011 (Dan Wilson)
July 19/20, 1952; Washington, D.C., UFO Report - MAXW-PBB11 964-966 (Dan Wilson)
July 20, 1952, Wash., D.C., AFXOI FLYOBRPT 5-52 - MAXW-PBB11-958 -963 (Dan Wilson)
Radar Observer Relates Watching Stunts By Flying Saucers - MAXW-PBB11 1268-1269 (Dan Wilson)
July 19/20, 1952; Washington, D.C./Harry Barnes Report - MAXW-PBB11 968-970 (Dan Wilson)
July 19/20, 1952; Washington, D.C., Newspaper Articles - MAXW-PBB11 1039-1059 (Dan Wilson)
UO's Sighted At Andrews AFB, 20 July 1952, One Radar Paint - NARA-PBB90 121-123 (Dan Wilson)
Report of Unidentified Targets, July 20, 1952, Harry Barnes - MAXW-PBB11 1020-1022 (Dan Wilson)
Rusume of Washington Sightings - Conclusions - MAXW-PBB11 1014-1015 (Dan Wilson)

"It's Hard To Brush Off Latest Saucers" - (WASHINGTON NEA)
"Somethings' Over The Capital Are Traced On Radar" (Life Magazine, Aug. 4, 1952)

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