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Kenneth Arnold's sighting

Kenneth Arnold sighting report in the Press:

The article below was published in the newspaper The Lead Daily Call, Lead, South Dakota, USA, on page 1, on June 27, 1947.

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Military Authorities Have No Comment On Story Of Amateur

PENDLETON, ORE., June 27 -- (UP) -- Residents of Pendleton, Ore., are all talking about one thing today, nine strange saucer-shaped planes an amateur pilot claims he saw yesterday.

The pilot, Kenneth Arnold of Boise, Ida., said the planes were flying across southwestern Washington at an estimated speed of 1,200 miles an hour. He describes them as extremely shiny nickelplated aircraft, shaped like saucers and so thin he could barely see them.

Arnold said there were nine of the planes flying in a peculiar formation 25 miles away from him. He said he clocked the time it took them to fly from Mount Rainier to Mount Adams and figured they were making more than 1,200 miles an hour.

Some Pendleton residents think Arnold just imagined he saw the strange craft. But the salesman said:

"I must believe my eyes."

Military authorities have no comment on the story.

To: Kenneth Arnold or Newspapers 1940-1949.

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