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The Kenneth Arnold sighting, June 24, 1947:

Kenneth Arnold's 1950 pamphlet:

This part of my file about Kenneth Arnold's observation on June 24, 1947, in the USA, is the booklet Arnold wrote, published at his own expense in 1950, and distributed around. It does not tell about his own sighting, it tells of the early days of the flying saucer reports. Arnold can be considered to have been the first ufologist.


These are two authentic photographs of a FLYING SAUCER. Kenneth Arnold was told about these photographs by Frank M. Brown while in Tacoma, Washington, August 1, 1947. Frank M. Brown, who was a counter espionage agent from Mitchell Field, New York, and operating with Army Air Force Intelligence out of Hamilton Field, California, said and we quote "We have two photographs at our headquarters of Military Intelligence at Hamilton Field, California. They are authentic. The original negatives were flown to Washington, D. C. If you, Mr. Arnold, would like to view these pictures, we invite you to come to our headquarters."

Kenneth Arnold did go to Hamilton Field at the request of Lt. Col. Donald Springer, Commanding Officer of the 4th Air Force Intelligence, and was given the above prints as a courtesy for the assistance he had given Military Intelligence in 'the investigation in the Tacoma affair.

NOTE: Lt. Frank M. Brown and Capt. Davidson, both intelligence officers, were killed the morning of August 2, 1947, when their B-25 bomber exploded and crashed while carrying fragments purportedly to have spewed from a saucer near Tacoma, Washington, enroute to Hamilton Field, California.

Notes about this page:

The photographs were shown by William A. Rhodes, who said he took them in Phoenix, Arizona, USA, July 1947,

They first appeared in The Arizona Republic for July 9, 1947.

There are no particular reason to think they are real photos of a real flying disc. Rhodes actually did not deny that it may have been pictures of some debris carried by the wind; but more important, his credibility was shattered when it was discovered that instead of being a scientist with diplomaa from renowned institutions such as Columbia University or the George Washington univertity, and head of an independent laboratory, it was proved he never had the diplomas he claimed to have and that his lab was just some pieces of equipment in his home basement. His real job was to play piano in a nightclub.

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