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  1. Mick West

    Mick West Administrator Staff Member

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/white-house-capitol-building-on-lockdown

    This event is interesting because it throws some perspective on the recent media coverage of, and public interest in, report of the US Navy updating their guidelines for reporting of UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, aka "UFO") in conjunction with the three "UFO" videos promoted by Tom DeLonge's To The Stars Academy.

    The US Navy guidelines are about reporting suspected airspace incursions. They are about suspected sightings of unknown aircraft or UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems, like drones or balloons) entering restricted airspace.

    UFO aficionados often give credence to military reports of UFOs as some evidence that they are advanced, possible alien, technology. So I'm hopeful that this currently unidentified object will eventually be identified, and provide a little perspective as to how fighter jets might be scrambled for something unidentified, yet quite mundane.

    Of course, that doesn't mean other sightings are NOT aliens.
     
  2. Ravi

    Ravi Member

    From the story as reported in this link https://www.cnn.com/2019/11/26/politics/white-house-lockdown-airspace/index.html, it seems at least one fighter jet pilot saw a flock of birds..

     
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  3. Leifer

    Leifer Senior Member

    NORAD Will Neither Confirm nor Deny a Flock of Birds Caused White House Lockdown
    (BuzzFeed)


    ...Although the above article is more of a click-bait interesting story. It could seem to suggest that NORAD is hiding something because they will neither 'confirm nor deny' the story.......and can become semi-viral especially if people do not read the entire article, or they simply rely on article "headlines". (It's known to happen)
    For example, if a staff writer of a semi-popular website asks NORAD about an event in a recent incident, and they do not to reply.....does that mean "neither confirm nor deny" ??
    Even if they re-corresponded with the precise words "We can neither confirm nor deny", that does mean there is something being hidden? It could mean many things.....

    1) NORAD does not want to reveal radar methods to the public, around the D.C. area.
    2) NORAD has yet to finalize their investigations.
    3) The radar detection was possibly misinterpreted as a threat (an embarrassing admission)
    4) ....they are not telling us something very important.
     
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  4. To be accurate, they don't put jets up very often and did not in this case.

    There's a pair of MH-65C helicopters parked on a ramp at DCA for this business. The Coast Guard bought seven MH-65Cs for this task, but there's almost always two parked in good old plain sight. There's not really ramp space for more three anyhow, so where the others are is beyond my knowledge. They're painted in Coast Guard colors and listed on the Coast Guard website (local lore holds that "someone else" operates them). They send up the helicopters for slow moving targets. However, they do a lot of training flights.

    For fast moving targets, they use the DC ANG F-16s that are based at Andrews. They don't seem to go up for ADIZ reasons as often, because the fighters are way too fast for engaging general aviation, which appears to be the most common cause.