Air Force Jet Fighters
Fail to Catch Objects
Flying over Washington
Twice in 7 Days
Pilot Reports Seeing
Lights That His Ship
Is Unable to Follow
Washington, July 27, UP. -- Jet fighter planes scanned the night sky over
Washington last night and early today after unknown aerial objects were spotted
intermittently on radar screens over a six hours period.
No contact was made with any of the subjects, which pilots said looked like "lights."
It was the second time within a week that unidentified flying objects in the sky
had been tracked by radar in the Washington area.
The Air force said tonight that the latest unknown objects were spotted on
radar screens at the Washington National Airport for at least six hours.
They were first detected at 9:08 p.m. Saturday by the Air Route Traffic Control
Center at the airport.
The Air Force was notified.
Between four and 12 unidentified objects over the Washington vicinity were detected by
radar, the Air Force reported.
Two jet fighter-interceptor planes were ordered aloft and searched the area, and later another
pair took over the search.
But neither group made any direct contact with the unknown objects, which appeared to one
pilot as being four lights that disappeared before he could overtake them.
After the planes had returned to their base, the unknown objects continued to be
observed for some time on the radar screens at the airport, the Air Force said.
The jet pilots gave no description of what the aerial objects might
have been beyond saying they looked like lights.
The jet planes came from Newcastle, Del. approximately 90 miles from Washington.
These pilots appeared on the CAA radarscopes at approximately 1:25 p.m. and were guided
on several of the unknown objects.
The Air Force said in its statement:
"One of the jet pilots reported sighting four lights in front approximately 10
miles and slightly above him but he reported that he had no apparent closing speed.
They disappeared before he could overtake them." Later the same pilot reported
a steady light that disappeared in about a minute."
Sightings of unidentified things in the sky by radar indicate that something
of substance was involved, not only light. It could, however, be small or large,
as radar is capable of picking up a bird in flight. Radar also can detect such things as
The Air Route traffic control center made several further attempts through
its radar observation of the unidentified objects to guide the jets to a
contact. It was unsuccessful, the Air Force said, until about 11:49 p.m. When the
same pilot who reported the first visual contact again reported sighting what he described
as "a steady white light." The light disappeared within a matter of one minute, the Air Force said.
The CAA radar operator at the traffic control center, located
at the Washington National Airport, calculated the unknown object's
position at approximately 10 miles east of Mount Vernon, Va., which is near the airport.
The pilot said this light was about five miles ahead of his aircraft.
The Air Force said no further contact, either visual or by radar, was
made by the planes, although the "unknowns" were still apparent at 2:20 a.m. on
the CAA radarscope.