[The Aegis SPY-1 radar] eliminated the possibility that it could have been friendly aircraft of some kind, enemy aircraft of some kind. Nothing really fit… I was just chomping at the bit. I really wanted to intercept these things… All of a sudden this object drops 28,000 feet down to the surface, and I figured it out later, it was 0.78 seconds. [24,000 miles per hour, more than 30x speed of sound]. Captain said ok let’s go intercept one and I said hell yeah.

— Kevin Day
Senior Chief, US Navy
Lead radar operator USS Princeton
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