UFO Seen at US Capitol 65 Years after Famous DC UFO Incident – Mysterious Universe

A recent Fox News video shows a blurry object crossing the camera’s field of view in front of the U.S. Capitol Building. Naturally, this has spurred the usual UFO-centered excitement among some people, but it’s almost certainly nothing otherworldly. Paul Seaburn seizes the opportunity to provide data on a real past UFO event, or more appropriately two events separated by a week’s time. These happened on the nights of July 19 and 26, 1952, and involved multiple radars at different sites, and visual sightings by pilots and ground personnel. Seaburn does his usual fine job of covering the basics of the flap and its aftereffects, but fuller accounts of this “climactic event in UFO history” are available, such as the account in UFOs and Government: A Historical Inquiry, by Michael Swords, Robert Powell, et al., and are worth consulting. The authors are correct in their assessment of the importance of the D.C. flyovers, for the confusion and communications jams caused by these events so concerned the CIA that it eventually created the Robertson Panel, whose conclusions and recommendations forever altered the course of UFO studies in the U.S. and, by extension, worldwide. And as an aside, the still photograph(s) and even video(s) purporting to show part of this flyover have been debunked in, among other places, Photo Fakery: Washington, DC Flying Saucers 1952. Curt Collins shows how the original photo itself is real but convincingly explicable as lens flares, and further illustrates how certain organizations have used it and “improved” versions for their own ends. The fakery is a disappointment and severe detriment, for it creates “noise” obscuring the fact that this major, and pivotal, UFO case resists explanation a full 65 years after its occurrence. (WM)

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