- Military secrecy veils an investigation of the mysterious,
glowing aerial objects that showed up on radar screens in the Washington
area Saturday night for the second consecutive week.
- A jet pilot sent up by the Air Defense Command to investigate
the objects reported he was unable to overtake the glowing lights moving
near Andrews Air Force Base.
- The CAA reported reported the objects traveled at "predominantly
lower levels"-about 1700 feet. July 19.
- Air Force spokesmen said yesterday only that an investigation
was being made into the sighting of the objects on the radar screen in
the CAA Air Route Traffic Control Center at Washington National Airport,
and on two other radar screens . Methods of the investigations were classified
as secret, a spoken said.
- " We have no evidence they are flying saucers; conversely
we have no evidence they are not flying saucers. We don't know what they
are," a spokesman added.
- The same source reported an expert from the Air Technical
Intelligence Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton Ohio, was
here last week investigating the objects sighted July 19.
- The expert has been identified as Capt. E. J. Ruppelt.
Reached by telephone at his home in Dayton yesterday, Ruppelt said he could
make no comment on his activity in Washington.
- Capt. Ruppelt confirmed he was in Washington last week
but said he had not come here to investigate the mysterious objects. He
recalled he did make an investigation after hearing of the objects, but
could not say what he investigated.
- Another Air Force spokesman said here yesterday the Air
Force is taking all steps necessary to evaluate the sightings. "The
intelligence people," this spokesman explained, "sent someone
over to the control center at the time of the sightings and did whatever
necessary to make the proper evaluation.
- Asked whether the radar equipment might have been mis-functioning,
the spokesman said, "radar, like the compass is not a perfect instrument
and is subject to error." He thought, however,the investigation would
be made by persons acquainted with the problems of radar.
- Two other radar screens in the area picked up the objects.An
employee of the National Airport control tower said the radar scope there
picked up very weak "blips" of the objects. The tower radar's
for "short range" and is not so powerful as that at the center.
Radar at Andrews Air Force Base also registered the objects from about
seven miles south of the base.
- A traffic control center spokesman said the nature of
the signals on the radar screen ruled out any possibility they were from
clouds or any other "weather" disturbance.
- "The returns we received from the unidentified objects
were similar and analagous to targets representing aircraft in flight,"
- The objects, "flying saucer or what have you, appeared
on the radar scope at the airport center at 9:08 PM. Varying from 4 to
12 in number,the objects appeared on the screen until 3:00 AM., when they
- AT 11:25 PM., two F-94 jet fighters fro Air Defense Command
squadron, at New CAstle Delaware, capable of 600 hundred mph speeds, took
off to investigate the objects.
- Airline, civil and military pilots described the objects
as looking like the lit end of a cigarette or a cluster of orange and red
- One jet pilot observed 4 lights in the vicinity of Andrews
Air Force Base, but was not able to over-take them, and they disappeared
in about two minutes.
- The same pilot observed a steady white light in the vicinity
of Mt Vernon at 11:49 PM. The light, about 5 miles from him, faded in a
minute. The lights were also observed in the Beltsville, MD., vicinity.
At 1:40 AM two-other F-94 jet fighters took off and scanned the area until
2:20 AM., but did not make any sightings.
- Visible Two Ways
- Although "unidentified objects" have been picked
up on radar before, the incidents of the last two saturdays are believed
to be the first time the objects have been picked up on radar-while visible
to the human eye
- Besides the pilots, who last saturday saw the lights,
a woman living on Mississippi Ave., told the Post she saw a very "bright
light streaking across the sky towards Andrews Air Force Base about 11:45
PM. Then a second object with a tail like a comet whizzed by, and a few
seconds later, a third passed in a different direction toward Suntland,
- Radar operators plotted the speed of "saturday night's
visitors" at from 38 to 90 mph, but one jet pilot reported faster
speeds for the light he saw.
- The jet pilot reported he had no apparent "closing
speed" when he attempted to reach the lights he saw near Andrews Air
Force Base. That means the lights were moving atleast as fast as his top
speed-a maximum of 600 mph.
- One person who saw the lights when they first appeared
in this area did not see them last night. He is E.W. Chambers, an engineer
at Radio Station WRC, who spotted the lights while working early the morning
of July 20 at station's Hyattsville tower.
- Chamber's said he was sorry he had seen the lights because
he had been skeptical about "flying saucers" before. Now he said,
he sort of "wonders" and worrys about the whole thing.
- Leon Davidson, 804 South Irving St. Arlington, a chemical
engineer who made an exhaustive study of "flying saucers' as a hobby,
said yesterday reports of saucers in the East, have been relatively rare.
- Davidson has studied the official report on the saucers,
including some of the secret portions never made public, and analyzed all
the data in the report.
- Davidson, whose study of saucers is impressively detailed
and scientific, said he believes the lights are American "aviation
products"-probably "circular flying wings," using new type
jet engines that permit rapid acceleration and relatively low speeds. He
believes, they are either "new fighter," guided missiles, or
piloted guided missiles.
- He cited some of the recent jet fighters, including the
Navy's new " F-4-D, which has a radical "bat-wing," as examples
of what the objects might resemble.
- Davidson thinks the fact that the lights have been seen
in this area indicates the authorities may be ready to disclose the "new
aircraft" in the near future. Previously, most of the "verified
saucers" have been seen over sparsely inhabited areas, Davidson explained,
and now, when they appear here, it may indicate that "secrecy"
is not so important any more. _____
- Sincere appreciation is given to R.H. for her on going
efforts in gathering these documents.
- Frank Warren email@example.com