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Kenneth Arnold's sighting

Kenneth Arnold sighting reports in the Press:

The article below was published in the newspaper The Corvallis Gazette-Times, Corvallis Oregon, USA, on page 1, on June 28, 1947.


Group of "Bright Objects" Reported Seen Over Corvallis on Day of First Flying Disc Report

Mrs. F. S. Chamberlin, 1563 Washington, related today how she saw "hundreds" of bright objects high in the sky north of Corvallis the same day Kenneth Arnold, pilot, of Boise, Idaho, said he saw ine mysterious "flying discs" over the Cascade mountains in Washington.

Mrs. Chamberlin phooh-phoohed the idea there was anything mysterious about what she saw. She insisted that they were probably birds. But she said they were extremely far away and traveling so fast she did not have time to call anyone to witness the objects. She said she saw them from an open upstairs window.

She said they were so bright they made her "see dots" when whe looked away. They were traveling east, she said. There were bunches of them, she asserted, and as fast as one bunch would disappear another bunch would come in sight. It was early afternoon when she said she saw them.

Mrs. Chamberlin said the objects were more of a triangle shape than a disc.

She said she told her sister about them at the time, before anything had appeared in the newspapers. It was her sister who reported the incident to the Gazette-Times.

Seen at Woodland

Meanwhile, Clyde Homan, Woodland, Wash., farmer, reported the "skimming pie plates" were over his farm yesterday and his foreman saw them too. Homan said he was in his office and noticed a bright flash. He looked though the window and saw two groups of objects - very thin anf reflecting light strongly - moving alon in an undulating motion at a spee he estimated at about twice that of an airliner.

Possible explanations of the phenomena which has been reported from numerous points lately ranged from a suggestion of the cammondant at White Sands, New Mexico, proving ground that the mysterious articles may have been the heated exhaust pipes of het aieplanes, to suggestion that they may have been meteors.

Kenneth Arnold, the Boise pilot who first saw the objects in outline against the snow of Mt. Rainier, had the last word today:

"If I were a military of other authority," he declared, "I would try to find out all I could about it."

To: Kenneth Arnold or Newspapers 1940-1949.

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