Monday, July 23, 2012

When UFOs Came to DC: DIRNSA John Samford's Most Famous Role

Before he became DIRNSA, John Samford was the United States Air Force director of intelligence. In late July 1952, he came to public attention when he served as the public face of an effort to debunk the belief that Washington D.C. was under attack by UFOs. Samford and the USAF argued that "sightings" were caused by temperature inversion, which is where a layer of warm, moist air covers cooler, drier air that is lower to the ground.