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Kenneth Arnold's sighting

Kenneth Arnold sighting report in the Press:

The article below was published in the newspaper The Palladium-Item, Richmond, Indiana, USA, on page 7, on June 26, 1947.

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Army Skeptical About Reported Objects Flying At 1,200 MPH

PENDLETON, Ore., -- (AP) -- Army and Civil Aeronautics administration spokesmen expressed skepticism today over a report of nine mysterious objects - big as airplanes - whizzing over western Washington at 1,200 miles an hour.

Kenneth Arnold, a flying Boise, Idaho, businessman who reported seeing them, clung, however, to his story of the shiny, flat objects, each big as a DC-4 passenger plane, racing over Washington's Cascade Mountains with a peculiar weaving motion "like the tail of a kite."

An army spokesman in Washington, D. C., commented. "As far as we know, nothing flies that fast except a V-2 rocket, which travels at about 3.600 miles an hour - and that's too fast to be seen."

Arnold described the objects as "flat like a pie-pan," and so shiny that they reflected the sun like a mirror.

He said he was flying east at 2:59 p.m. two days ago toward Mt. Rainier when they appeared directly in front of him 25-30 miles away at 10.000 feet altitude.

Estimates Fast Speed

By his plane's clock he timed them at 1:42 minutes for the 47 miles from Mt. Rainier to Mt. Adams, Arnold said, adding that he later figured by triangulation that their speed was 1200 miles an hour.

"I could be wrong by 200 or 300 miles an hour" he admitted, "but I know I never saw anything so fast."

He said at first he thought they were geese, "but quickly saw they were too big -- as big as a DC-4 that was about 20 miles away, he said. The DC-4 pilot reported nothing unusual sighted. Then Arnold said he thought of jet planes and started to clock them, "but their motion was wrong for jet jobs."

Arnold continued here on a business trip.

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