Nachfolgender Beitrag übernommen von Curt Collins, The Saucers That Time Forgot examines obscure historical cases.
The DC Deception
The flying saucers reported over Washington, DC in July 1952 is one of the most famous events in UFO history. Objects tracked on radar, and Air Force planes were sent out to investigate, and reportedly, UFOs were seen by at least one pilot and radar operator.
It's an important historical event, worthy of examination, but...
There are rumors and myths too, such as it being widely witnessed by panicking citizens or that photosexist of the event.
There's a photo associated with the event that accompanies almost every article of it online and has been featured in documentaries and television shows. Trouble is it's a phony.
The DC Deception
Well, the photo is real, but it is used as a fraud, then accepted and repeated as genuine by people who should know better. It was taken several years after the event, and instead of UFOs, it depicts the reflection of the Capitol's lamps- lens flares.
The first known publication of the picture is in Ray Palmer's Flying Saucers No. 81, Summer 1973
This time, Flying Saucers are not real.
Exposed and Forgotten
As seen on the magazine cover above, it's often cropped to remove the lamps, the source of the "UFOs." It was exposed long ago, in a detailed analysis by Colman von Keviczky that was published in Official UFO Magazine #9, July 1976. A summary by Dr. Bruce Maccabee :
This picture which shows the Capitol dome and lights at the left side is, I believe, just a fraction of the total picture which shows the whole Capitol building, parking lot lights in front of it and numerous "UFO" lights in the sky at both the left and right sides of the dome. Colman von Kevicsky, years ago, showed the "UFO" light images were actually lens "flares"....reflections within the lens of the bright streetlights and parking lot lights in front of the Capitol.
Reconstruction of the Official UFO Magazine analysis, showing how the "UFOs" correspond to the lamps as lens flares.
These are just a tiny fraction of the appearances of the photo. By gathering some of this data, maybe this will show up alongside the search returns, and people can get some better information on the history. We've not seen the last of this one, but just remember that whenever you see it, you are looking at a lie, ineptitude, misinformation or disinformation on the part of whoever is presenting it.
The DC deception's inclusion as an indicator of a high baloney content. It shows that they're not a trustworthy source.
Thanks to Vicente-Juan Ballester Olmos, Nab Lator, Gilles Fernandez and the others mentioned above for helping straighten out the facts on this picture.
In 1954, Topps issued packages of bubblegum trading cards based on famous news headlines, called "SCOOPS." Here's their colorful take on the 1952 Washington, D.C. UFO incident. Since it's closer to the date of original incident, it qualifies as better evidence than a lens flare photo taken a decade later.