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Kenneth Arnold's sighting

Kenneth Arnold sighting report in the Press:

The article below was published in the newspaper The Daily Herald, Provo, Utah, USA, on page 7, on July 25, 1947.

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'Saucers' Held To Be Some Strange Type of Aircraft

BOISE, Ida., July 25 (U.P.) -- Kenneth Arnold, Boise flying salesman who first reported seeing the "flying saucers," said today he feels science has figured out a revolutionary type aircraft which probably can carry humans.

"I also have been very interested to note that science has perfected a new light metal which resists gravity," he said.

"Recent reports from the army that they are experimenting with projected missiles makes me feel someone knows all about the objects I and many others have seen," he continued.

Arnold saw what he calls a "strange type of aircraft" on June 24 while flying at 9,200 feet from Chehalis to Yakima, Wash. His report started a flood of similar ones from residents throughout the country.

"I'm certainly not sorry I made the first observation of objects," Arnold said, "but I feel they should be labeled strange type of aircraft instead of "flying saucers."

"I think the reason they have not been seen lately cans be explained by the turbulence of the air in the northwest since July 6," he said.

"About the time people of Washington, Oregon and Idaho saw the objects, the air was very, very smooth, there was little haze and the days were the longest of the year. I feel atmospheric conditions have a great deal to do with our ability to see them."

Arnold has carried a movie camera with telescopic lens in his airplane since he saw the objects in the hope of being able to photograph them if he saw them again.

"I talked yesterday with an official of one of our biggest companies making photo equipment. He told me it would be almost impossible to photograph one. If the picture was taken from a distance its outline would not show up and if it was taken close-up, its speed would be so great nothing would show on the film," Arnold concluded.

To: Kenneth Arnold or Newspapers 1940-1949.

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