Linda Maye Adams

60th Anniversary of the Great Alien Invasion of Washington DC


When I was growing up, every weekend was a movie or TV show about aliens invading Earth.  H.G. Wells’ War of the Worlds is probably among the most famous.  During the days of radio, they did it as a radio show and scared people to death — the newscast style sounded like it was really happening!  Then it was a movie, and one of the frightening scenes for me was when the soldiers got reduced to skeletons and then dust by the ray beam.  Stargate SG-1 jumped in with aliens pretending to be Egyptian gods.

Alien spaceship crashed into the ground and an alien hitchhiking with a sign to Mars

Oh dear. I can imagine the traffic jams already starting.

But did you know that in 1952, unidentified flying objects (UFO) were spotted over Washington, DC?  It was a cluster of 7 UFOs, so it wasn’t just one flash of light everyone got excited about.  Then it happened again a week later — now 12 UFOs.  It was labeled an inversion layer, though people still have doubts today.

But let’s take a step further.  When I was at Marscon, they had a workshop on the military and the zombie apocalypse.   What if aliens did land in Washington, DC? How would the military respond?

In just about every movie about UFOs, it seems like it’s always the Air Force.  UFOs fly, planes fly, so it seems logical.  But once the aliens land, it might be a little different.  Probably no Navy involvement, unless the UFO ended up in the Potomac River.  Irwin Allen did that on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, with the episode “The Terrible Toys.”

I think the Marines would get called in.  They always go in first.  A former Marine told me, “If the Marines can’t stir up trouble, there isn’t any trouble worth stirring up.”  The Army would probably send in 82nd Airborne and the Rangers.  I don’t think the aliens would be treated as friendly forces by the military — honestly, you call in the military, it’s not for high tea.

Two flying saucers collide and the green alien drivers squabble about who's fault it is.

Clearly Washington DC is a bad influence.

Of course traffic would instantly snarl up for miles and miles in either direction.  Heck, even a few raindrops will do that will send drivers into a panic.  An alien invasion?  Oh, yeah.  The resulting road blocks that would likely occur would definitely add to this problem.  It’s bad enough here when the Cherry Blossoms bloom!

Meanwhile, downtown workers would be trying to get past the roadblocks to go to work.  The aliens clearly aren’t a threat, and the workers need to finish their work.  (Trust me, people do think like this.  We have a fire drill, and there are always employees who want to stay back and continue working).  Since martial law probably would have been declared (then again, not; that would be really bad politically for any politician in DC), the military would be arresting workers.  The military would also be especially concerned by the other types of people arriving — family members demanding alien abduction victims be returned; alien groupies; people wanting to “shoot me some aliens”; and reporters hoping to get the money shot of the aliens.

It would be complete chaos!

What do you think would happen if alien spaceships landed in Washington, DC?

Photos are from ClipArt.com

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