Place: Washington D.C.
Date: July 19 and 26, 1952
Time: From 10:00 pm
One of the most famous reports is the so-called Washington Invasion. One summer evening in July, the citizens of the United States capital were treated to a display by five strange lights which surrounded the White House, the city, and the countryside for hours.
A week later, the lights reappeared. This time there was six to twelve of them and they moved too fast to be an aircraft.
Two F94 jet interceptors scrambled to investigate the strange lights, but they found nothing and returned to base. However, when a third jet was sent up, the pilot radioed that he was approaching a cluster of large blue and white lights. As he closed in on them, the lights moved to form a ring around him and traveled along with him for about fifteen seconds before moving away.
Egg in Orbit
Place: Earth Orbit
Date: June 1965
Time: 20th orbit
James McDivitt was the first astronaut to see a UFO in space through the window of the Gemini 4 spacecraft. Early in the four-day mission, when his co-pilot was asleep, James glimpsed at an object about 9 miles away from his capsule. He described the object as having "big arms sticking out of it". He took pictures of the object before it disappeared, but curiously, he was never able to find those pictures after the films were processed.
A little while later, a photograph appeared in the press which claimed to be 'McDivitt's UFO'. It showed an egg-shaped blob of light, and even though McDivitt denies this is his missing picture, the incident was never cleared up. NASA, the US Space Agency, says the 'UFO' was a clear reflection off a window bolt that was seen through the smudged pane.
Another investigator suggests it was the Gemini's own Titan-2 second stage booster rocket in nearby orbit. Although, the fact is that no one knows really what McDivitt saw.
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