The year is 1952 and America is in the midst of the greatest UFO flap in US history. Sightings are being reported from airfields in south Texas to the air space over the White House in Washington DC. In the eye of the storm is Captain Edward Ruppelt, Director of Project Blue Book. With a limited staff and resources, he has still managed to make Project Blue Book a professional outfit with computerized data base and a pre-formatted questionnaire to aid in gathering information.
The year of the unknown invaders
According to USMC Major retired Donald Keyhoe, among the many sightings that happened in that year a particularly stunning incident occurs between a US Air Force crew and a UFO over Hanford, Washington, the scene of a nuclear plant. As Keyhoe pointed out many times, UFO’s frequented many nuclear sites and SAC missile bases where nuclear warheads sat in silos awaiting activation in the event of World War III.
Danger in the night sky
On routine night patrol the two-man crew of a Lockheed F94-B were at altitude over the Hanford nuclear reactor plant in Washington State. Suddenly, an unknown aerial object makes a dangerously close pass at the USAF fighter plane forcing the two seat crew to take evasive action! Again and again the unknown aerial craft attempts to ram the hysterical pilots as they evade their mysterious airborne opponent! Both the pilot and his REO (Radar Electronics Officer) report being under attack by a red disk shaped object!
The F94-B is fitted with a Hughes Target Acquisition System designed to lock on to the intended enemy aircraft for a precise kill with an air to air missile, but each time the intruder makes a pass it is much too fast for the REO to get a lock on. After some 20 minutes of frantic maneuvering and intense air combat flying, the red disk disappears into the night sky as suddenly as it appeared. The shaken air crew is instructed to land and give their accounts during a debriefing with intelligence staff.
Return of the menace
This is not the only account of the infamous red disk however. The year is 1973. The place, just off the coast of the Japanese mainland over the Pacific. A two seat Japanese air crew flying the venerable F-4 Phantom fighter bomber are on patrol when the Captain spots an unusual airborne vehicle that he attempts to intercept. At the time the F-4 Phantom is still the world’s premier air superiority fighter and the Japanese pilot puts the plane through its paces as he duels with the unknown.
Once again, the infamous red disk makes its appearance in the skies over Japanese controlled air space as the pilot attempts to identify this strange aerial vessel from parts unknown. Pushing his fighter through a series of acrobatic combat maneuvers brings his aircraft so close to the UFO that they collide! The two-man crew is forced to eject at 30,000 feet! The backseat pilot the Wizo (Weapons System Officer) looks on in horror as he watches the parachute of his captain catch fire. The brave pilot falls to his death while his partner helplessly gazes into the end result of a dogfight with the unknown!
There are many such air to air encounters with UAP’s that have gone unreported, intentionally covered up as in flight accidents according to NASA scientist, Richard Haines, or dismissed as mistaken observations of celestial phenomena or even conventional aircraft. Such has been the traditional way of denying a reality that demonstrates that man is not technologically superior. Despite the billions spent on air defense. How should this eerie anecdote in history be categorized?