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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.

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THE TACOMA AFFAIR ... The FLYING SAUCER incident as described by Harold Dahl and Fred Crisman of the Tacoma Harbor Patrol, Tacoma, Washington, August 1, 1947.

The investigation conducted by Kenneth Arnold, Boise, Idaho pilot and discoverer of the FLYING SAUCERS, and Captain E. J. Smith, veteran United Air Line pilot, along with Frank M. Brown and William L. Davidson of Military Intelligence. RESULTS... three men dead and one man missing.

Notation: The third man to die associated with the Tacoma incident was Paul Lantz, ace news reporter for the Tacoma Times. For more than thirty hours his body lay in the mortuary, officials unable to determine the cause of his death. Fred Crisman, Tacoma Harbor patrol operator, in the midst of the investigation was purportedly whisked away to Alaska aboard an army transport.


COMPTON URGES USING TITANIUM

NEW YORK, May 25. (AP). -- Dr. Karl T. Compton disclosed today the possibilities for widespread military use of a newly developped lightweight metal of great strength.

The metal is titanium, and its potential use spreads over the entire warfare field from airborne weapons to supersonic missiles.

Dr. Compton who is chairman of the national research and development board and of Massachusetts Instituts of Technology, spoke before the annual meeting of the American Iron and Steel Institute. He pointed out that titanium is an abundant mineral twice as strong as iron and only 60 per cent heavier than aluminum.

"The trouble is simply this: We still do not know how to produce the pure metal and its alloy economically" he said.

Titanium now costs from $5 to $10 a pound, he said, but pointed out that aluminum once was $5 a pound and fell as low as 15 cents a pound.

Making alloys of titanium is another pressing problem, he said, hut if it could he produced in abundance, "the benefits to be derived from thelr application in military gear might well become very considerable."


Harold Dahl Captain of the Tacoma Harbor Patrol mailed samples of the fragments spewed from the Maury Island Saucer to R. A. Palmer, Chicago Publisher, who in turn published an analysis of this metal, to be mainly composed of Calcium and Titanium fused under extreme heat. Such an alloy was reported to be an impossibility under present scientific methods. The following clip is an interesting discovery as to the possible use of titanium. Note: 1947 Aviation News Beacon newspaper in news to airmen reported that shortly after the Tacoma affair the U. S . government showed extreme interest in titanium deposits not only in America but in all our territorial possessions.

Notes about this page:

This is again about the "Tacoma affair" a.k.a Maury Island case.

Titanium did become a metal used in the construction of jet fighters later.

Harold Dahl told he was the "Captain of the Tacoma Harbor Patrol" but he was lying. He was part of a team of workers who were recovering lost floated lumber and reselling it.

R. A. Palmer, Raymond A. Palmer, was the publisher of FATE magazine, in which Arnold agreed to publish his story in February 1948. Palmer offered Arnold $ 200 to fly to Tacoma to investigate the story told by Dahl. Arnold's account was published in the magazine. The whole thing was so complicated that an entire book would not be enough to present it - we already find there for example what will be called the "Men-In-Black" later ...

Here, too, already in the early days of the flying saucers, the notion of "reverse-engineering", that the US military would recover technologies from flying saucers for their own aeronautics.

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