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Air Force Jets Tail a Mystery

July 27, 2002|From the Washington Post

WASHINGTON — For Renny Rogers, it was strange enough that military jets were flying low over his home in Waldorf, Md., in the middle of the night. It was what he thinks he saw when he headed outside to look early Friday that floored him.

"It was this object, this light-blue object, traveling at a phenomenal rate of speed," Rogers said. "This Air Force jet was right behind it, chasing it, but the object was just leaving him in the dust. I told my neighbor, 'I think those jets are chasing a UFO.' "

Military officials confirm that two F-16 jets from Andrews Air Force Base were scrambled early Friday after radar detected an unknown aircraft in Washington airspace. But they scoff at the idea that the jets were chasing a speedy unidentified flying object.

"We had a track of interest, so we sent up some aircraft," said Maj. Douglas Martin, a spokesman for the North American Aerospace Defense Command in Colorado. "Everything was fine in the sky, so they returned home."

Military officials say they do not know just what the jets were chasing, because whatever it was disappeared.

Rogers says what he saw was not routine. "It looked like a shooting star with no trailing mist."

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