- Date: Monday December 16, 2002
Approximately 10:50 a.m.
- In a series of E-mail messages beginning on Wednesday,
December 18, a 38-year old college-educated (6-years) homemaker in the
Washington D.C. area sought to report a suspected UFO sighting. The witness
expressed her concern for privacy and would not release her phone number,
choosing to call me at my home telephone number that I provided to her.
After the exchange of several emails, arrangements were made for me to
interview her by telephone on Friday evening, December 20 at 9:00 p.m.
- The witness informs that she located my email address
from a Google internet search under UFO sightings and also from an online
message board about UFO sightings from the Washington, D.C. area. She said
that she was aware of my investigations into the Washington D.C. UFO situation
from this past July.
- The witness reports that at approximately 10:50 a.m.,
she was inside her home, located at the northeast corner of Washington
D.C., when she heard 2 fighter jets fly over her neighborhood. She said
that she had lived on Air Force bases for 9-years and knew jet engines
sounds, and after hearing the aircraft commotion she thought: "Oh
my gosh, are they escorting someone out of the airspace?"
- Stepping then to her window and looking to the south
from her vantage point, she was able to easily discern an unusual object
that appeared to be as large as a thumbnail at arms length, or comparable
even to the size of a full moon in the night sky. The object, she said,
was bright silver and reflected the sun (the sky conditions were clear
with bright blue skies, she said).
- "I asked myself if this object was a wayward balloon,"
she said, "but it flew at a fast speed and had a 'bouncing' motion,
dipping up and down."
- The witness claims that the object was "way bigger"
than an airplane and that it flew from south to north at a speed comparable
to that of a quickly moving fighter jet. She said the duration of the sighting
was around 5-seconds.
- The object was estimated to have occupied airspace within
3-miles of her vantage pointed and situated over the northwest part of
The District or over Downtown D.C. near near the Lincoln Memorial or the
Mall area and flying at an elevation the witness said was "a bit higher
than a helicopter would fly."
- She reports that the object was 'oval-shaped' and there
was no sound nor any smoke, The 'bouncing' flight conduct was most noticeable,
she said, and likened it to the pulse of a heart monitor. She said the
object was clearly of a 'silver-ish metal' composition and could distinctly
observe the sun reflecting off of it. The bottom half of the object was
darker and possibly due to shadow.
- She could discern no structural detail and could not
view any apparent rotation of the object. She said that the UFO departed
from her view as it traveled to the north over a rooftop.
- When asked if she could compare the shape to anything
familiar, she said the oval-shaped object was similar in appearance to
the top end of speed-stick deodorant.
- The witness believes that if the jets were looking for
the UFO, they had 'just missed it'
- Although hearing the jet aircraft activity, she did not
see the jets and did not necessarily think the UFO would have been traveling
in pursuit or even in the same direction as the jets.
- "I've never seen anything like it before,"
she said. "I kept thinking, 'I have no idea what that was.'"
- After the incident, the witness said that she told her
husband and her sister about what she observed. She further advises that
she has never seen a UFO sighting previously.
- FURTHER INQUIRY
- In conjunction with this eyewitness claim of a UFO sighting,
there was a significant aerial event taking place in the Washington D.C.
area on the same date and time of the sighting report. Apparently it has
been reported by CNN news and also confirmed by NORAD that 2 F-16 fighter
jets were scrambled over the nations capitol to intercept a "potential
violator" of the restricted Washington D.C. airspace. The intercept
attempt apparently failed and the jets reportedly located nothing.
- Hoping to assemble the details concerning this reported
December 16, 2002 incident over Washington D.C. airspace, I sought to re-contact
Maj. Michael Snyder, a NORAD public affairs officer I had earlier communicated
with concerning a similar event over D.C. this past August. However, as
per automated response from Maj Snyder's E-mail address, he had apparently
been "demobilized" and no longer available. The response did
offer a new telephone number for any questions intended for the NORAD public
- I then called the NORAD public affairs office at 719-554-6889
(on Tuesday, December 17) and spoke with Sergeant Carpenter. I asked the
public affairs officer if I could acquire information concerning a news
report of a failed intercept mission of an unidentified object over Washington
D.C. airspace. The officer was interested to ascertain who I was and if
I was affiliated with the news media. I advised him that I had previously
spoke with Major Snyder concerning a similar occurrence earlier this year
and that I was a State Section Director for MUFON and had previously written
articles for the MUFON Journal and FATE MAGAZINE concerning the earlier
- Sergeant Carpenter asked what I wanted to know about
the event and I informed him that I sought to gather information concerning
the date and time of the incident, what was reported and by whom.
- I also asked if there were any official statement or
news release available concerning the incident.
- Sgt. Carpenter said he could only confirm that the incident
happened on Monday, December 16, 2002 and that no news release had been
offered concerning the incident. He then informed that my questions should
be handled by another person who was presently 'out of the office.' .
- I left my name and phone number with him and he said
that someone would return my call. The call was not returned as of Thursday,
December 19 prompting my return call to the NORAD public affairs office
where I was transferred to the voice-mail of Major Barry Venable.
- On Tuesday, December 24, 2002, Major Barry Venable then
responded by E-mail and only offered that the event of December 16 did
have similarities to the situation from July but that in this instance
the unidentified radar target, which was a "momentary image on radar,"
was located inside the restricted Washington D.C. airspace (as opposed
to the July event when the object was outside of and approaching the restricted
- When asked if there might be a potential explanation
for the radar target, Major Venable reported: "Flock of birds, big
gust of wind, radar anomaly are all potential explanations.
- Further, Major Venable was not immediately aware of a
second event taking place over Washington D.C. later that evening, as reported
by WBAY ABC Channel 2 News of Greenbay, Wisconsin, in which a small plane
violated the airspace and later landed in West Virginia. When asked if
the plane had been identified and the pilot(s) approached for interrogation,
Major Venable answered: "I don't know about the late evening event
you mention-will have to research. If it did occur, we would not be the
appropriate agency to approach the pilot-that is a law enforcement function."
- In conversation with the UFO eyewitness, I did not detect
any behavioral issue or ascertain any indication that the witness was inclined
toward alcohol or heavy medication. The witness sounded clear, sober and
lucid. The witness stressed her concern for anonymity and confidentiality,
saying that she did not want to see her name appear on the internet in
conjunction with this report.
- While informing the claimant that I would respect her
desire for confidentiality, I also advised that having her account authenticated
by a third party is crucial to authenticating the report. I then suggested
the name of Joan Woodward, who took the Waldorf, MD UFO reports from last
August, and asked the witness if she would mind also speaking about the
sighting again. The witness seemed unsure about being contacted by other
UFO researchers and I suggested that I would confer with her through E-mail
and possibly send a phone number to her that she could call next week.
- This report, concerning the Monday, December 16th sighting
of a UFO over Washington D.C. in conjunction with jet aircraft activity,
surfaced on Wednesday, December 18. On the previous afternoon, Tuesday,
December 17, it was revealed that NORAD had dispatched F-16 fighter jets
over the nation's capitol on Monday, December 16 to intercept an unidentified
radar target According to reports, the jets could supposedly find nothing.
UFO investigator Richard Hall reported to the Current Encounters research
list of also hearing jets passing low overhead from his vantage point in
the D.C. area at 10:50 p.m., which is same the time the claimant reports
hearing the aircraft commotion and observing the strange object. Later
that evening, jets were scrambled once again over the Washington D.C. area,
this time to intercept a small private plane that reportedly landed in
- Filed, DECEMBER 20, 2002 KENNY YOUNG -- UFO Research
- Attached: CNN Article courtesy of researcher Donnie Blessing,
WBAY ABC Channel 2 News article from Greenbay, Wisconsin and article "Fighter
Jets Scrambled Over Washington" from NBC Channel 4 News
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- F-16s patrol Washington, but no threat found Monday,
December 16, 2002 Posted: 1:48 PM EST (1848 GMT)
- WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Two U.S. Air Force F-16 fighters
scrambled over Washington Monday morning after radar detected a potential
violation of the 15-mile restricted flight zone around the nation's capital,
said officials with the North American Aerospace Defense Command and Federal
- No threat was found. Officials speculated either a flock
of birds or an anomaly caused by high winds resulted in the radar reading,
which indicated a possible flight violation 18 miles northwest of Reagan
- Nevertheless, the F-16s maintained a combat air patrol
over Washington for at least an hour, and air traffic was halted briefly
at Reagan National, officials said.
- The incident occurred at 10:30 a.m. EST, and routine
air traffic resumed shortly after 11 a.m.
- Officials said it is not unusual for radar to pick up
other objects, such as birds or balloons, and the incident is considered
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- Fighter Jets Scrambled Over Washington Jets Find Nothing
- December 16, 2002 Source: NBC Channel 4 News http://www.nbc4.com/news/1840951/detail.html
- WASHINGTON -- Two F-16 fighter jets were scrambled in
the Washington area Monday for a possible security breach, News4 learned
- Authorities said the jets were scrambled at Andrews Air
Force Base around 10:30 a.m.
- A radar blip appeared to show that an aircraft was about
to violate the restricted airspace above Washington.
- Officials say, however, that when the F-16s arrived in
the area, there were no aircraft in the area.
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- Fighter jets scramble after plane enters restriction
- WBAY ABC Channel 2 News Greenbay, Wisconsin December
- Washington-AP -- Two fighter jets were scrambled last
night to intercept a small plane over the nation's capital.
- The plane had flown into restricted airspace over Washington,
but officials determined it posed no threat and called off the intercept.
- Two F-16's took off from suburban Maryland after the
plane was spotted in restricted airspace.
- The plane later landed in Martinsville, West Virginia.
No word on what type of aircraft was involved or who was on board.
- Since the nine-eleven attacks, military officials have
responded to more than 600 domestic airspace security incidents.
- Source URL - http://www.WBAY.com/Global/story.asp?s=1013733
- -- UFO Research http://home.fuse.net/ufo
- From: Meg Faville
- The thing to notice here is how quickly Andrews AFB jets
were scrambled to intercept an unidentified radar blip, and the fact that
they remained on patrol for a full hour, despite failure to locate an airspace
- intruder. Contrast this response with the failure on
September 11 to get one jet airborne in time to intecept even one of four
known hijacked flights, one of which struck the Pentagon over an hour after
the first plane crashed into the North Tower of the WTC. What's
wrong with this picture?