On March 29, 2019, a popular UFO-reporting YouTube channel presented video shot two days earlier showing three Los Angeles Police Department helicopters engage UFOs over the municipality.
Blake and Brent Cousins, hosts of thirdphaseofmoon, could barely contain their excitement when describing police choppers “basically surrounding a UFO.”
After viewing the footage, that statement was a bit of an exaggeration. However, Blake’s comment that the aerial situation looked like a “Mexican standoff” (a confrontation in which no strategy exists that allows any party to achieve victory) was far more accurate. Contrasted against the partially-cloudy sky, it is easy to make out the distinctive profiles of the three police helicopters but the fourth air-borne object looks like a dark circle or spot.
The video was first uploaded to YouTube on March 28 by iSeek iFind. The images look authentic and untouched by digital software tools.
“Three helicopters…[and] a dot,” reported the camera operator who also posted, “I constantly look up and try to record what i see out of context subscribe to stay updated cause i only post raw stuff not trying to feed false information.”
The 35-second video ends after iSeek iFind says:
“That’s a UFO right there. That’s something else. Three helicopters facing that dot. Trip the [expletive] out.”
We will probably never know what that “dot” was – and it could have been any number of things, from a Mylar balloon (although you wouldn’t think that would warrant dispatching three helicopters to investigate, would you?) to a manufactured drone to an extraterrestrial craft.
We do know that Los Angeles – the City of Lights – has a long history of UFO (Unidentified Flying Object) sightings. In Chapter 4 of my book, UNKNOWN OBJECTS: The Top Ten U.S. UFO Cases, I cover the so-called Invasion of Washington that happened during the summer of 1952:
“In July, mass UFO sightings occurred in Washington, D.C. over a period of seventeen nights.”
U.S. Civil Aeronautics Administration (CAA) air traffic controllers below and above ground had clear radar images of “bogey” (unknown) objects flying around the skies above the nation’s capital.
Whenever Andrews Air Force Base scrambled jets to intercept and shoot down the aerial invaders, these Unknown Objects (as the military called them in 1952) zipped away at outrageously high speeds – only to reappear as soon as the jets returned to base.
UFO activity continued from July 12 to July 29, 1952. Newspapers had a field day with sensational headlines like these:
JETS CHASE D.C. SKY GHOSTS – New York Daily News
AERIAL WHATZITS BUZZ D.C. AGAIN! – Washington Daily News
SAUCERS SWARM OVER CAPITAL – Cedar Rapid Gazette
(It’s too bad the moniker “aerial whatzit” didn’t stick for “unidentified flying aircraft.” It’s shorter and just as descriptive.)
Three days after the 1952 recurrent UFO sightings over the DC area, the Pentagon held a press conference which was broadcast to an anxious and eager citizenry: what were those lights that outmaneuvered the finest aircraft in the world?
Again, from my book:
“Major General John A. Samford, Air Force Intelligence Director, commented on the sensational fact that a flock of strange flying objects could not be intercepted for a close look by Air Force jet fighters. His mission was to calm the average person’s fears of the unknown, admit that the objects are not secret American weapons, and commit the Air Force to further investigation in order to resolve this perplexing state of aerial affairs.”
Maj. Gen. Samford delivered this message to the American people on July 31, 1952:
“The Air Force interest in this problem has been due to our feeling of an obligation to identify and analyze, to the best of our ability, anything in the air that may have the possibility of threat or menace in the United States.”
Rather than address the events over the night-time skies that had occurred over the previous few weeks in Washington, D.C., Samford insinuated that the military was hard pressed to evaluate or analyze “flying saucers” because “there is no basic measurement of them that makes it possible for us to put them in any pattern that would be profitable for a deliberate, custom sort of analysis to take the next step.”
In fact, the U.S. military allowed Maj. Gen. Samford to make only one comment specifically about the nocturnal visitors who joyrode their brilliant UFOs repeatedly and for all to see – if they were looking up. His message was that these UFOs weren’t ours:
“We can say that the recent sightings are in no way connected with any secret development by any department of the United States.”
Major Donald Keyhoe then took a turn at the broadcast microphone. In 1950, this Air Force officer published a book that is a classic for ufologists (people who study the UFO phenomenon) to this day, The Flying Saucers are Real who stated on the public record the last day of July 1952:
“With all due respect to the Air Force, I believe that some of them will prove to be of interplanetary origin. During a three-year investigation I have found that many pilots have described objects of substance and high speed. In one case, pilots reported their plane was buffeted by an object which passed them at 500 mph. Obviously, this was a solid object and I believe it was from outer space.”
It is significant but seldom mentioned that the U.S. Air Force quietly announced that it was closing to the press its special section at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio, tasked with studying flying saucer reports. In addition, all information concerning the Wright AF group’s personnel, activities, and budget became strictly classified.
The Invasion of Washington happened in July 1952. On March 29, 2019, an ordinary guy with a cell phone camera shot video of three Los Angeles Police Department helicopters hovering in formation in front of a dark orb suspended in the sky.
Between those two events, there have been volumes of UFO sightings. Of course, most wind up being identified as something earthly. But not all of them.
In this day and age, it’s hard to tell the difference between a UFO that was reverse-engineered from a downed non-terrestrial aircraft and the real thing. But that’s a whole ‘nuther story.