I always wondered why the Navy claimed they had to set back the atomic clocks here on earth to correct them for the "time
dilation". I read somewhere that they did let a jetplane fly the UTC clock counterwise around the world from place to place.
And that was why they had to take Special Relativity in consideration. To compensate for the rotational velocity attached to
the stationary clocks one would have thought that they did need to adjust the clocks by withdraw some lapsed time but they
always added time to the stationaryclocks. (So much for Special Relativity consideration).
To me looks like they made their UTC clock to run to slower from the beginning and to match the eventually match the UT1 rotational celestial scale after 2000, too bad the data just showed such a short short time scale. I would have been curious to see it since the 50's.
Offered by Jonas.