Project Blue Book finale preview: Is our nation under attack?


Project Blue Book deals with the UFO “Flap” of 1952. In July of that year, a fleet of UFO’s was spotted on radar above the White House. Is this the proof of what Hynek has been searching for?

Project Blue Book ends its illustrious first season with an adaptation of the 1952 UFO “Flap” over Washington, D.C.  A flap is a rush of sightings of Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon (UAP) in a short period of time.

The Background

On July 19, an air traffic controller at the Washington National Airport reported seeing seven blips on his radar screen that were definitely flying away from civilian or military aircraft. While this was occurring, the controller’s colleagues were peering out of the tower window. They noticed a hovering light in the distance traveling at an unprecedented speed.

Andrews Air Force Base was also tracking the bogies and a commercial airline pilot radioed in his description of the UFOs. Something was definitely occurring over the District’s skies that night. However, when Captain Edward Ruppelt, (the character on which Captain Michael Quinn is based) tried to investigate for Project Blue Book, he was denied access.

Mass hysteria was abounding as newspaper headlines chased the sensational with “Saucers Swarm over Capital.” So, to mitigate the potential panic that was brewing, the Air Force held a press conference stating the whole incident was not an alien invasion. It was just the after effects of a temperature-inversion.

Even though a military pilot came forward and reported that he had chased the mysterious objects, it was easier to cover up what had really happened with a meteorological event that would be easier for the public to handle. According to

"“A temperature inversion occurs when a layer of warm air forms in the low atmosphere, trapping cooler air beneath. Radar signals can bounce off this layer at shallow angles and mistakenly show near-ground objects as appearing in the sky.”"

The Truth Will Set You Free

At the end of last week’s episode, the Man in Black gave Dr. J. Allen Hynek a plane ticket to Washington so that he wouldn’t miss the proof that he has been seeking. And that turns out to be more than anyone bargained for when the lights in the sky are back. This time they are in the nation’s capital.

Generals Harding and Valentine are very concerned because this is something that they weren’t anticipating. Neither was Captain Quinn. The Man in Black is amazed because even though Quinn has witnessed actual UAP’s, he still refuses to believe that the possibility exists for extraterrestrial visitations.

Everything that Quinn and Hynek have experienced has led up to this penultimate episode. I still can’t shake the feeling that the Generals are somehow aware of the alien agenda. Maybe our questions and Allen’s will be answered.

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Watch the Project Blue Book finale this Tuesday at 10 p.m. on the History Channel.

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