1952 a Hot Summer of UFO Sightings!
TODAY, 50 years ago.
During the night of 19-20 July, air traffic controllers in the DC area saw strange, unexplained "blip" on their radar screens. An orange lighted object was observed hovering and in fast motion. Radar targets were near the White House. And this was only the beginning.
NEXT week is the 50th anniversary of the night jets were scrambled to protect Washington from attack.
We are approaching the 50th anniversary of a very significant day in history. To see why, read the following and visit the link below.
After many months of analysis following the 1952 flap, the Air Force concluded that, of the thousand or so UFO reports they received in the summer of 1952, about 148 unknown objects were sighted in June, about 536 were sighted in July, and about 326 were sighted in August, with lesser numbers in the months preceding and following the summer months.
These sightings were made in 1952, THE YEAR OF THE UFO.
THis was the year when Washington, DC, was invaded by objects that caused unexplained radar returns and appeared as unusual moving lights.
This was the year when Truman ordered the CIA to determine what was going on.
And this was the year when General John A. Samford, head of Air Force Intelligence, lied to the American people.
Samford told the assembled press, on July 29, 1952, that the sightings and radar targets detected over Washington, DC during the preceding two weekends were merely radar aberrations caused by warm weather and a temperature inversion. He was wrong.
He admitted that in the thousand or more reports collected by the Air Force there were "unsolved" reports by "credible observers of relatively incredible things." He went on to say that all the unexplained sightings throughout the USA (and in other countries) resulted from natural phenomena incorrectly perceived. That was wrong.... and apparently he knew it.
He indicated that the Air Force had rejected the idea that any flying saucers or UFOs could be spacecraft from another planet. He lied.
Samford's press conference had a lasting effect on the study of UFO sightings. By claiming that all sightings were caused by natural phenomena Samford reinforced the natural tendency of the scientific community and the skeptical press to reject any suggestion of extraterrestrial visitors. He thereby reinforced the tradition , already established by the Air Force, that there was nothing to flying saucer sightings (all misidentifications, hoaxes or delusions).
Starting in the middle 1970's information began to become available which shows what the top Air Force brass was really thinking but not saying publicly. With the release of the FBI's "X" file (the file on flying discs) document became available that showed the top AF brass was seriously considering "interplanetary" as the explanation for the unexplainable UFO sightings.
How can this be, you may ask?
To find out why not travel with me back in time to when "UFOs were young"!! (For those of you new to ufo studies this will be an valuable historical survey.) Find out the connection between Marilyn and "interplanetary visitors" (you know which Marilyn....and I don't mean Manson!). Learn what the FBI was told on the same day that General Samford said it was all natural phenomena. Learn what the CIA was told by the Air Force. Learn why our world changed a little that year...
In 3 short months (June, July and August) the Air Force collected about 1700 sighting reports. Many of these were multiple witness reports. Later analysis (Special Report #14) suggested that these witnesses saw about 900 different objects. Furthermore, after analysis by experts, 186 of these objects were found to be unexplainable ("Unknown"). Why wasn't this sufficient to convince everyone that something strange was going on? We now know that some at the upper levels of the Air Force were seriously considering the (gulp!) Interplanetary Hypothesis!!
Why did General Samford, at his large press conference on July 29, slam the lid down on UFO investigation when he could have done the opposite? Why are we stuck in the "tradition" that there is nothing to UFO sightings?