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1952-00-00; Canada, Labrador, Goose Bay

 

Category: UFO Sighting

 

Early 1952 Goose Bay (Labrador). A fiery, spherical object made a right-angle turn during an observation by a C-54 crew flying from Westover to Goose Bay. It was also seen from the ground by the control tower and by two men who plunged to the earth when the object made a low pass at them. It went away at 2247. (Quincy)

 

 

1952-00-00; UK, Ireland, Dublin

 

Category: UFO Landing

 

Nov., 1952 Dublin (Ireland). A child was burned when a strange disk, 25 cm in diameter, landed near Dublin. (Personal)

 

 

1952-00-00; USA, California, Catalina Island

 

Category: UFO Photo

 

Mr. Bob Jung reportedly took photographs of a UFO from aboard a boat standing off Catalina.

 

Source: UFO II CD-ROM

 

 

1952-00-00; USA, New Jersey, Passiac

 

Category: Photo

 

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1952 Passiac, New Jersy, USA: Mr. George J. Stock, in the yard working on his lawn-mower, around 4:30pm, took this picture with his box reflex camera. It was coming directly over his house from the IT&T tower, and was estimated to be 20 to 25ft above the ground. This sighting lasted only a couple of minutes.

 

 


February

 

1952-02-18; USA, New Mexico, Albuquerque

 

Category: Lights in the sky

 

February 18, 1952

 

At 6:45 a.m., just before sunup on February 18, 1952, a photographer named C. E. Redman was driving through Albuquerque, N. Mex. on his way to photograph a wedding. Stopped for a traffic light, he noticed two bright things in the sky. "They were hovering above Tijeras Canyon... The one to the north was on its edge. The other was lying horizontally. They were bright, bluish white... It was probably the most astonishing thing I've ever seen. Those things were soundless. They were not jets or vapor trails. I've seen hundreds of jets and vapor trails." Redman was questioned later the same day by a LIFE reporter and a prominent scientist, working together. From his testimony, and from the lay of the land, it was estimated that the disks were 20 miles away and four miles in the air, and that they had a diameter of about 136 feet.

 

Another witness saw the same objects Redman saw, and at the same time, but from the other side of town. W. S. Morris, a retired master sergeant of the Air Force who is now a newsdealer in Albuquerque, was out to drop off his morning papers when he saw two strange objects over Tijeras Canyon. "I watched them for 12 minutes. They were a blinding silver, long and thin, gleaming all over. They hovered, one kind of above the other to the right. They seemed brighter than the sun, which wasn't yet over the Sandia mountains. It just touched their bottoms and they glowed red. They didn't flutter or move. They just hung there. It must have been 20 miles away. Then they just suddenly dropped down behind the mountain, and the upper one tilted so that I could see its profile. It looked like a bell pepper-with a bump on top, that is."

 

Source: http://www.chez.com/lesovnis/htm/lifemag52.htm (bad link)

 

 


June

 

1952-06-00; Norway, Spitzbergen

 

Category: UFO Crash

 

150' craft in snow and ice. Radioactive energy at 934 Hertz. Ring of jets f/power.

 

Source: http://www.cseti.org/crashes/025.htm

 

 

1952-06-23; USA, Tennessee, Oak Ridge

 

Category: UFO Sighting

 

June 23, 1952; Oak Ridge, Tennessee. 3:30 a.m. Witness: secretary Martha Milligan. One bullet-shaped object with burnt-orange exhaust flew straight and level for 30-60 seconds.

 

Hot Spot: Oak Ridge Tennessee

Source: Project Bluebook Unknowns

 

 


July

 

1952-07-00; USA, Washington DC

 

Category: UFO Crash

 

The largest waves of UFO sightings ever recorded.

 

The following remarks are credited to Wilbert B. Smith, the Canadian scientist-engineer who headed the Canadian investigation program to study UFOs. They are quoted in Chapter 4 of Frank Edwards' Flying Saucers: Serious Business, entitled "Pick Up the Pieces."

 

The interview was conducted in November 1961 by C.W. Fitch of Cleveland, Ohio, and George Popovitch of Akron, Ohio, and was taped.

 

The following are some quotes:

 

Fitch: I have been told by a mutual friend that in 1952 you showed Admiral Knowles a piece of a flying saucer. Is that statement correct, sir?

 

Smith: Yes. It is correct. I visited with Admiral Knowles and I had with me a piece which had been shot from a small flying saucer near Washington in July of that year - 1952. I showed it to the Admiral. It was a piece of metal about twice as big as your thumb which had been loaned to me for a very short time by your Air Force.

 

Fitch: Is this the only piece you have handled which definitely has been part of a UFO, Mr. Smith?

 

Smith: No. I've handled several of these pieces of hardware.

 

Fitch: In what way, if any, do they differ from materials with which we are familiar?

 

Smith: As a general thing they differ only in that they are much harder than our materials.

 

Fitch: What about this particular piece from that UFO near Washington - did it differ from conventional materials? Was there anything unusual about it, sir?

 

Smith: Well, the story behind it is this: The pilot was chasing a glowing disk about two feet in diameter.

 

Fitch: Pardon me, sir. But did you say two feet?

 

Smith: That is correct. I was informed that the disk was about two feet in diameter. A glowing chunk flew off and the pilot saw it glowing all the way to the ground. He radioed his report and a ground party hurried to the scene. The thing was still glowing when they found it an hour later. The entire piece weighed about a pound. The segment that was loaned to me was about one third that. It had been sawed off.

 

Fitch: What did the analysis show?

 

Smith: There was iron rust - the thing was in reality a matrix of magnesium orthosilicate. The matrix had great number - thousands - of 15 micron spheres scattered through it. [note: 15 microns equal 0.00059 inch.]

 

Fitch: You say that you had to return it - did you return it to the Air Force, Mr. Smith?

 

Smith: Not the Air Force. Much higher than that.

 

Fitch: The Central Intelligence Agency?

 

Smith: (Chuckles) I'm sorry, gentlemen, but I don't care to go beyond that point. I can say that it went into the hands of a highly classified group. You will have to solve that problem - their identity - for yourselves.

 

 

From: 'Unconventional Flying Objects - a scientific analysis'

Paul R. Hill

 

Hot Spot : Washington DC - 1952

Source: http://www.cseti.org/crashes/128.htm

 

 

1952-07-12; USA, Maryland, Annapolis

 

Category: UFO Sighting

 

July 12, 1952; Annapolis, Maryland. 3:30 p.m. Witness: insurance company president William Washburn. Four large, elliptical-shaped objects were seen to fly very fast, stop, turn 90* and fly away in 7-8 seconds.

 

Hot Spot : Washington DC - 1952

Source: Project Bluebook Unknowns

 

 

1952-07-13; USA, Washington DC

 

Category: UFO Sighting

 

National Airlines plane en route to National Airport, about 60 mi. SW of the city observed a blue- white ball of light hovering to the west. Object then "came up to 11,000 ft. and then maintained a parallel course, on the same level, at the same speed, until the aircraft pilot turned on all lights. Object then departed from the vicinity at an estimated 1000 mph. Weather was excellent for observation." The crew said the object "took off up and away." No other air traffic was reported in the area at the time.

 

Hot Spot : Washington DC - 1952

 

 

1952-07-14; USA, Virginia, Norfolk

 

Category: UFO Sighting

 

July 14, 1952; Norfolk, Virginia. 8:12 p.m. Witnesses: Pan American Airways First Officer William Nash, Second Officer William Fortenberry. Eight large, round, glowing red objects maneuvered below their airliner, in formation.

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July 14. Newport News, Virginia: Southbound Pan American Airways plane at 8,000 ft. nearing the Norfolk, Virginia., area observed six glowing red, circular objects approaching below the airliner; objects flipped up on edge in unison and then sped from behind and under the airliner and joined the in-line formation, which "climbed in a graceful arc above the altitude of the airliner." "Then the lights blinked out one by one, though not in sequence." Next day the crew was thoroughly interrogated and advised that they already had seven other reports of red discs moving at high speed and making sharp turns.

 

 

More Information: Why Don't Pilots See UFOs?

Hot Spot : Washington DC - 1952

Source: Project Bluebook Unknowns

 

 

1952-07-16; USA, Virginia, Hampton

 

Category: UFO Sighting

 

July 16. Hampton Roads, Virginia: A Government aeronautical research engineer observed two amber-colored lights approaching from the south at about 500 m.p.h. These slowed and made a U-turn, revolved around each other at a high rate of speed, then joined by two other objects from different directions, the four sped off to the south at about 500 m.p.h. "They moved jerkily when moving slowly. Their ability to make tight circling turns was amazing."

 

Hot Spot : Washington DC - 1952

 

 

1952-07-16; USA, Massachusetts, Beverly

 

Category: UFO Photo

 

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July 16, 1952; Beverly, Massachusetts. 9:35 a.m. Witness: U.S. Coast Guard photographer Shell Alpert. Four roughly elliptical blobs of light in formation photographed through window of photo lab.

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1952 Salem, MA, USA: A U.S. Coast Guard photographer, Shell R. Alpert, at the Salem, MA, Air Station shot this picture roughly at 9:35am on July 16th. He was in the photo lab working on a camera when he noticed several brilliant lights coming towards him. He watched for a few seconds, then called for another Coast Guardsman, Thomas E. Flaherty, in the nearby sick bay to come and confirm what he was seeing. The lights seemed to dim, then all at once got much brighter, so he grabbed his camera, and shot this picture through a window screen. The picture was taken with a 4×5″ box camera set at infinity, 1/30th of a second, at f/4.7.

 

Source: Project Bluebook Unknowns

 

 

1952-07-18; USA, Washington DC

 

Category: UFO Sighting

 

July 18. Washington, D. C. Radio station chief engineer observed 6-7 bright orange discs moving in single file. Each in turn veered sharply upward and disappeared.

 

Hot Spot : Washington DC - 1952

 

 

1952-07-19; USA, Washington DC

 

Category: UFO Sighting

 

The first occurred at 11:40 on the night of July 19, when air controllers at National picked up seven slow-moving objects on two radar scopes. According to the senior controller, Harry G. Barnes, the radar showed the objects to be about 15 miles from the airport and traveling between 100 and 130 miles per hour.

 

Barnes called the airport tower and learned that the local radar operator was picking up the same images. Fifteen miles away, across the Potomac River in Maryland, controllers at Andrews Air force Base were seeing the identical blips on their radar. At 3:00 am, Barnes officially notified the U.S. Air force Air Defence Command. It took the Air force half an hour to respond, but finally a pair of radar-equipped F-94 night fighters roared in, made a few noisy passes over the field, scanned the nearby skies-and found nothing. As soon as the jets departed, the blips magically reappeared on the radar screens and remained there, moving slowly until daybreak. The Air force said nothing, but the news leaked out and the story broke like a thunderclap in the morning papers. The tight-lipped Air force refused to admit to clamoring reporters that it had actually scrambled jets to intercept UFOs.

 

Professor Menzel once again called the incident a case of temperature inversion. He correctly pointed out that in such cases ghostly blips have been known to appear on radar scopes, something that most people did not know. But controller Barnes did not accept the explanation. "Inversion blips are always recognized by experts", he declared. "We are familiar with what weather conditions, flying birds, and such things can cause on radar". There was no rebuttal from Menzel.

 

 

Hot Spot : Washington DC - 1952

 

 

1952-07-19; Peru, Puerto Maldonado

 

Category: UFO Photo

 

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July 19, 1952 - Peruvian Cigar Shaped UFO Streaks Across Heavens

 

Puerto Maldonado, Peru: 4:30pm on July 19, the attention of Customs Inspector Sr. Domingo Troncoso, then with the Peruvian Customs Office at Puerto Maldonado on the jungle frontier with Bolivia, was called to a very strange cigar-shaped flying object over the river area. The big dirigible-shaped craft was flying horizontally and fairly low in the sky, passing from right to left from the observers position.

 

It was leaving a dense trail of thick smoke, vapor, or substance on its wake. This object was a real, structured, physical machine. The object was estimated to be over a hundred feet long.

 

 

1952-07-20; USA, Maryland, Andrews AFB

 

Category: UFO Sighting

 

July 20. Andrews AFB, Maryland, (Nr. Washington, D.C.). Five witnesses visually observed three reddish-orange objects moving erratically.

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July 20. Air Force radar operators at Andrews AFB weather tower tracked 10 UFOs for 15-20 minutes. Objects approached runway, scattered, made sharp turns and reversals of direction.

 

Hot Spot : Washington DC - 1952

 

 

1952-07-20; USA, Virginia, Herndon

 

Category: UFO Sighting

 

July 20. Herndon, Va. Capital Airlines flight from National Airport called by control tower to check on unidentified radar targets saw three objects, and three more between there and Martinsburg, W. Va. "like falling stars without tails [which] moved rapidly up, down, and horizontally. Also hovered." Chief CAA air traffic controller Harry Barnes later said in a newspaper interview: "His [the pilot's] subsequent description of the movement of the objects coincided with the position of our pips [radar targets] at all times while in our range.

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July 20. Capital Airlines flight incoming to National Airport reported that an unidentified light followed his airliner from the vicinity of Herndon, Virginia, to within about 4 miles west of the airport, confirmed on radar.

 

Hot Spot : Washington DC - 1952

 

 

1952-07-25; USA, Washington DC

 

Category: UFO Sighting

 

July 27. Major Fournet, (Project Blue Book Officer in Pentagon), and Lt. Holcomb, (Navy electronics expert), arrived at National Airport Center. Observed "7 good, solid targets." Holcomb checked on temperature inversions, but they were minor and could not explain what was going on. He so advised AF Command Post, requesting interception mission. By the time the F-94 jets arrived from Delaware, no strong unidentified targets remained and no visual contacts were made.

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July 27. F-94 jet interceptors scrambled from New Castle AFB, Del., to investigate Washington, D.C., radar- UFOs. One F-94 pilot made visual contact and appeared to be gaining on target; both F-94 and UFO were observed on radar and "appeared to be traveling at the same approximate speed." When the F-94 pilot tried to overtake the UFO, it disappeared visually and on radar. The pilot remarked about the "incredible speed of the object."

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July 27. Air Force Lieutenant at Andrews AFB saw a dark disc moving slowly northeast with "oscillating rolling motion." Clouds were moving southeast. UFO entered base of clouds.

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July 27. Air Force personnel and others at National Airport saw a large round object reflecting sunlight, apparently hovering over the Capital Building. After about a minute, the object "wavered then shot straight up disappearing from sight."

 

Hot Spot : Washington DC - 1952

 

 

1952-07-26; USA, Washington DC

 

Category: UFO Photo

 

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July 26, 1952; Washington, D.C. 8 p.m. until after midnight. Witnesses: radar operators at several airports, airline pilots. Many unidentified blips tracked by radar all over Washington area, at varying speeds. Pilots spotted unidentified lights. Just four days after the Nash-Fortenberry incident over the Chesapeake Bay, a fantastic series of sightings nearby set everyone's UFO antennae twanging. This time the drama began at Washington's National Airport, a few miles from the White House.

 

The first occurred at 11:40 on the night of July 19, when air controllers at National picked up seven slow-moving objects on two radar scopes. According to the senior controller, Harry G. Barnes, the radar showed the objects to be about 15 miles from the airport and traveling between 100 and 130 miles per hour.

 

Document: Washington DC 1952

Hot Spot : Washington DC - 1952

 

 

1952-07-26; USA, Maryland, Andrews AFB

 

Category: UFO Sighting

 

July 26, 1952; Andrews AFB, Maryland. This was a continuation of the extensive sightings and radar tracking reports reported throughout the Washington, D.C. area, all night long.

 

Hot Spot : Washington DC - 1952

Source: Project Bluebook Unknowns

 

 

1952-07-29; USA, Washington DC

 

Category: UFO Sighting

 

July 29. Many unidentified targets tracked by CAA radar, 8-12 on the radarscope at a time, moving southeast in a belt 15 miles wide near Washington, D.C.

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July 29. Eastern Airlines pilot asked to check on radar targets, reported seeing nothing. CAA official said the targets disappeared from the radar screen when the plane was in their area, "then came back in behind him."

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July 29. Air Force pilot sighted three round white UFOs 10 miles southeast of Andrews AFB. Other UFOs tracked by radar during the afternoon.

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July 29. Air Force press conference at which the sightings were attributed to temperature inversions causing "radar mirages," typically ground lights reflected in the sky under freak atmospheric conditions. Also announced new scientific program to evaluate sightings.

 

Hot Spot : Washington DC - 1952

 

 

1952-07-29; Virginia, Langley AFB

 

Category: UFO Sighting

 

July 29, 1952; Langley AFB, Virginia. 2:30 p.m. Witness: USAF Capt D.G. Moore, of military air traffic control system. One undescribed object flew at an estimated 2,600 m.p.h., below 5,000' altitude, toward the air base for about 2 minutes. July 29, 1952; Langley AFB, Virginia. 2:50 p.m. Witnesses: Mr. Moore, Gilfillan electronics representative W. Yhope. One radar target tracked moving away, stopped for 2 minutes, again moved very, very fast. Four minutes.

 

Hot Spot : Washington DC - 1952

Source: Project Bluebook Unknowns

 

 


August

 

1952-08-00; USA, Ohio

 

Category: UFO Crash

 

"...Mr. James W. Moseley got on the trail of a woman he calls 'Miss. Y.,' who, as a civilian employee at a large military and air base in Ohio, acted as night girl on the teletype, decoding messages and handling classified material. About August, 1952, she saw in the photographic laboratory twelve prints of a non-terrestrial flying saucer, which the cameraman said he had taken on a recent secret assignment to a location in Ohio, where an interplanetary saucer had come to grief. Some days later 'Miss Y.' handled official messages which said that the saucer was passing through her base under guard, EN ROUTE to Wright-Patterson airfield in Ohio, which is the location of the secret Flying-Saucer Investigation Bureau of the U.S. Air Force. She also found that, both before and after the transit, a Red and White Alert was on, indicating official fear that the landed ship might have communicated with its space ship.

 

Two weeks later, after official experts had examined the captured saucer, the Alert terminated. According to the reluctant witness, 'Miss Y.,' who would appear to have been talking too much, either for her own comfort or that of the authorities, the saucer was thirty feet in diameter, but had no 'bubs' or blurbs, although there was a rim, or flange where the sections of the disk joined. She said its metals were riveted together and she had heard that the saucer had ports of a one-way vision, translucent material; that is, the entities could see through it without being seen. 'Miss Y.' further alleged that the U.S. experts had penetrated the saucer with considerable difficulty, and found that its metals were of alloys 'unknown on the earth.' It appeared to have been remotely controlled. She also alleged that she had heard--of course, this is NOT evidence in any law-court or judicial sense--that dead bodies of humanoid creatures, five feet tall, had been found in other saucers previously captured and photographed. She said the saucer had floated down, not crashed, as if its magnetic propulsion had failed, or been cut off."

 

Source: http://www.cseti.org/crashes/crash143.htm

 

 

1952-08-14; USA, Nevada, Ely

 

Category: UFO Crash

 

16 Bodies

 

Source: http://www.v-j-enterprises.com/ufocrash.html

 

 


September

 

1952-09-09; Norway, Spitzbergen Island

 

Category: UFO Crash

 

In June 1952 stories were beginning to come out in the German Press about an alleged UFO crash on the island of Spitzbergen, off the northern coast of Norway.

 

The stories reported that 6 Norwegian jets were on an exercise flying over the Hinlopen Straits when radio contact was lost due to heavy static interference. At the same time the local radar post at Narvik, was showing a distorted signal of the jet fighters as well as the presence of a UFO.

 

Whilst the jets were circling, the captain , Olaf Larsen spotted a large metallic disc in the snow which looked as if it had crashed. The captain reported his findings, which led to search and recover teams being sent to the reported location.

 

When the teams arrived they described the craft as 150ft in diameter and that it was giving off radioactive emissions. The craft was also described as silver in colour and had strange symbols written on the outside. The teams assumed that this was a Russian test aircraft which had flown out of control. The craft was shipped to Narvik where it was examined.

 

The results of the investigation were not released for 2 years, and the report stated that the craft was not of Russian origin, but was a craft that had not been built by any country on earth. They stated that the material that the craft was constructed from could not be identified.

 

Unfortunately these reports were never verified and many people now feel that once again that this story is most likely a hoax.

 

 

1952-09-19; NATO exercise

 

Category: UFO Sighting

 

RAF UFO Encounter

 

During a NATO exercise, 2 RAF officers and 3 aircrew at RAF Topcliffe observed a strange object which appeared to be following a Meteor Jet. In a written statement Flight Lieutenant John Kilburm wrote.

 

"The Meteor Jet was crossing from east to west when I noticed the white object in the sky. This object was silver and circular in shape, about 10,000ft up some five miles astern of the aircraft. It appeared to be traveling at a lower speed than the Meteor but was on the same course.

 

I said 'What the hell's that?" and the chaps looked to where I was pointing. Somebody shouted that it might be the engine cowling of the Meteor falling out of the sky. Then we thought it might be a parachute. But as we watched the disc maintained a slow forward speed for a few seconds before starting to descend. While descending it was swinging in a pendulum fashion from left to right.

 

As the Meteor Jet turned to start its landing run the object appeared hung in the air rotating as if on its own axis. Then it accelerated at an incredible speed to the west, turned south-east and then disappeared.

 

It is difficult to estimate the objects speed. The incident happened within a matter of 15 to 20 seconds. During the few seconds that it rotated we could see it flashing in the sunshine. It appeared to be about the size of a Vampire jet aircraft at a similar height.

 

We are all convinced that it was some solid object. We realized very quickly that it could not be a broken cowling or parachute. There was not the slightest possibility that the object we saw was a smoke ring or was caused by the vapour trail from the Meteor or from any jet aircraft. We have, of course, seen this, and we are all quite certain that what we saw was not caused by vapour or smoke.

 

We are also quite certain that it was not a weather observation balloon. The speed at which it moved away discounts this altogether. It was not a small object which appeared bigger in the condition of light. Our combined opinion is that , it was something we had never seen before in a log experience of air observation."

 

This along with other reports during 1952 caused the RAF to officially recognize UFO's.

 

Source - http://www.geocities.com/sustrate/sightings/topcliffe.html (bad link)

 

 



 

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