On the evening of July 14, 1952, the flight crew of a United Airlines DC-4 reported one of the most intriguing aerial encounters of the flying saucer era. Captain William B. Nash and First Officer William H. Fortenberry—both World War II veterans trained in the identification of enemy aircraft—claimed they saw eight reddish-orange circles flying in echelon formation over Chesapeake Bay. They said the objects flew between their aircraft and the ground, which allowed them to estimate the discs’ size and speed. Nash and Fortenberry calculated that the objects were about 100 feet in diameter, about 15 feet thick, and were moving at approximately 12,000 miles per hour.
Image: True Magazine, October 1952, via UFOPOP