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Kenneth Arnold's sighting

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The article below was published in the newspaper The News Review, Rosebug, Oregon, USA, on pages 1 and 6, on June 26, 1947.


Mysterious Objects Seen By Private Flyer Whizzing Over Cascades Draw Skepticism

PENDLETON, Ore., June 26 -- (AP) -- A tale of nine mysterious objects -- big as airplanes -- whizzing over Western Washington at 1200 miles an hour got skepticism today from tha Army and air experts.

The man who reported the objects, Kenneth Arnold, a flying Boise, Idaho, businessman clung, however, to his story of the shiny, flat objects, each big as a DC-4 passenger plane, racing over Washington's Cascade Mountains with a peculiar weaving motion "like the tail of a kite."

An army spokesman in Washington, D. C., commented, "as far as we know, nothing flies that fast except a V-2 rocket, which travels at about 3.600 miles an hour - and that's too fast to be seen."

The spokesman added that the V-2 rockets would not resemble the objects reported by Arnold, and that no high-speed experimental tests were being made in the area where Arnold said the objects were.

A civil aeronautics administration inspector in Portland, Ore., added, "I rather doubt that anything would be traveling that fast."

Objects Described

Arnold described the objects as "flat like a pie-pan," and so shiny that they reflected the sun like a mirror.

He said he was flying east at 2:59 p.m. two days ago toward Mt. Rainer when they appeared directly in front of him 25-30 miles away at 10.000 feet altitude.

By his plane's clock he timed that at 1:42 minutes for the 47 miles from Mt. Rainier to Mt. Adams, Arnold said, adding that he later figured by triangulation that their speed was 1200 miles an hour.

"I could be wrong by 200 or 300 miles an hour" he admitted, "but I know I never saw anything so fast."

Positive He Saw Them

He said at first he thought they were geese, "but quickly saw they were too big - as big as a DC-4 that was about 20 miles away, he said. The DC-4 pilot reported nothing unusual sighted.

Then Arnold said he thought of jet planes and started to clock them, "but their motion was

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Mystery Objects Seen Whizzing Over Cascades

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wrong for jet jobs."

"I guess I don't know what they were - unless they were guided missiles," said Arnold, who continued here on a business trip.

"Everyone says I'm nuts," he added ruefully, "and I guess I'd say it too if someone else reported those things. But I saw them and watched them closely. It seems impossible, but there it is."

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