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Kenneth Arnold's sighting

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The article below was published in the newspaper Mauch Chunk Times-News, Mauch Chunk, Pennsylvania, USA, on page 1, on July 7, 1947.

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Saw Flying Discs Over Mt. Pisgah

Mysterious "flying saucers" were reported over Mount Pisgah, Mauch Chunk, about two weeks ago, by a Second Ward woman, who described them to her neighbors the following day the same as they are being described by others in all parts of the country.

The objects have been reported by hundreds of persons in at least 33 states since June 25.

Mrs. Frank Mateyka, at her house at 445 South street, said she saw two of them come into view at an excessive speed then disappear moments later. Mrs. Mateyka said it was a dark and cloudy night about 11 o'clock.

Two Scrantonians reported sighting them last night before an early rainstorm limited observation. The first was reported at 5 P. M. and the other at 10:30 P. M.

Howard W. Blakeslee, Associated Press Science Editor, points out that certain laws of human eyesight will explain much of what has been described about the "flying saucers."

"At any distance which is close to the limit of how far a person can see, all the objects appear round or nearly so. This law of sight covers all small things seen nearby, and large ones at great distances." Blaskeslee said.

Dr. Aurel Aezel, editor of a Hungarian newspaper in Philadelphia, a world wide traveler expressed the belief the flying saucers were mirages - possibly circularly distorted sky reflections of flights of real airplanes many miles away.

Henry P. Adams, a Philadelphia weatherman, said such a thing was not impossible but he had never heard of flying mirages. "Mirages are usually formed close to the surface of the earth and not seen at any particularly high altitude," Adams said.

A BUSINESSMAN PILOT, Kenneth Arnold (right). Of Boise, Idaho, first person to report seeing the "flying discs", looks at a picture of one of the strange objects with airlines Capt. E. J. Smith, in Seattle, Wash. On the flight from Boise, Arnold pointed out a group of nine of the "saucers," which have now been seen over many states. (International)

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