July 26/27, 1952
The UFOs Return To Washington
This time, Washington National's radar room had some extra
visitors. The Pentagon's ACE UFO investigator, Major Dewey Fournet, was
there; along with Albert M. Chop (Air Force Press Desk) and a
Lieutenant Holcomb (radar specialist). Reporters and photographers were
asked to leave the radar room on the pretext that classified radio
frequencies and procedures were being used in vectoring the
interceptors. (Ruppelt, himself, said that the reason the press was
cleared out, was that not a few people in the radar room were positive
that this night might be the big night in UFO history - the night when
a pilot would close in on and get a better look at a UFO - and they
didn't want the press to be in on it). Nowhere have I found any mention
of Air Force, radar or tower personnel, or civilian press, taking
pictures of the UFOs. All civilian traffic was cleared out of the area
and the jets moved in.
By 12:30 AM, 4-5 of the targets were continually being tracked at all times, so once again a call went out for jet interceptors from Newcastle County AFB. By midnight two F-94's were airborne and headed south. But just as the jets arrived, the targets disappeared! The jets returned to base.
A few minutes later, the UFOs were back on the scopes in that
same area. At one point, a few minutes after the objects left the
radarscopes in Washington people in the area around Langley AFB near
Newport News, Virginia, began to call Langley Tower to report weird
lights that were "rotating and giving off alternating colors". The
saw the lights and called for an interceptor. The jet was in the area
for several minutes and got some visual and radar lock-ons, but had
them broken within a few seconds. A few minutes after the F-94 over
Newport News had the last lock-on broken, the targets came back on
the scopes at Washington National!!! The controllers called the Air
Defense Command again and two F-94's roared south toward Washington.
time the targets stayed on the scopes when the jets arrived.
In later years Chop was asked how everyone in the scope room felt when one of the pursuing pilots (Red Dog One) was surrounded by UFOs visually and on radar. Was there a sense of helplessness or disbelief? Chop: "Disbelief…No! Helplessness…Yes!" he insisted. "As we looked up at each other while watching that intercept attempt, you could imagine each of us trying to think of something that would be helpful. I might also add there were no disbelievers around that scope. We all knew these objects represented something with which we could not cope."
After about a half an hour the jets were running low on fuel and had to return to base. Right after that the sky began to get light and the objects and the targets were gone.
Each time, the radar sets were checked for malfunctions. There were none. Three ground stations were picking up the UNKNOWNS, plus airborne radars. At the time of the trackings, controllers noted both anolamous propagation and the objects. The UNKNOWNS were NOT weather targets. The objects were not aircraft. They would loaf along at 130 mph, then put on a burst of tremendous speed, flight reversals, etc. No jet was ever able to get close. At one time there were 18 unidentifiable objects on the scopes!!!
Source: Edited version of Donald Keyhoe's, "Flying Saucers From Outer Space", page 68. Report cleared by the Air Force, item 23.