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Kenneth Arnold's sighting

Kenneth Arnold sighting report in the Press:

The article below was published in the newspaper The Odessa American, Odessa, Texas, USA, on page 21, on June 29, 1947.


1200 MPH "Flying Saucers" Reported Seen In Northwest

SEASIDE, Ore., June 28 (AP) -- The latest report on the "flying saucers" came today from a seaside woman who said she saw one of them winging soundlessly south at 5:05 p.m.

She was Mrs. Sidney BB. Smith, wife of a seaside policeman, who with her eight-year-old daughter Jeanne said she watched the "round" object for nearly three minutes.

"It was very fast, and when the sun hit it, it flashed brightly, like polished silver. We could see it dimly when it was not flashing," she said.

Mrs. Smith added that it was flying high, east of the city, but she believed it was close enough for her to have heard regular engines. She said she could hear nothing.

Hers was the latest in a series of reports started Wednesday by Kenneth Arnold, Boise, Idaho, flying businessman, who said he saw nine of the "saucerlike" objects flying at an estimated 1200 miles an hour over Western Washington Tuesday. He also reported them heading south.

Experts have placed little credence in the reports, suggesting that was Arnold saw may have been reflections from the windshield of his own plane.

Meanwhile a forest lookout from Diamond Gap, near Salmon, Wash., said he also saw them last Tuesday and a tulip farm operator near Woodland, Wash., reported he and his foreman saw two groups of them yesterday.

To: Kenneth Arnold or Newspapers 1940-1949.

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