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Kenneth Arnold's sighting

Kenneth Arnold sighting reports in the Press:

The article below was published in the newspaper The Altoona Tribune, Altoona, Pennsylvania, USA, on page 1, on June 26, 1947.


Flier Reports Mysterious Speeding 'Saucers'

PENDLETON, Ore., -- (UP) -- Nine bright, saucer-like objects flying at "incredible" speed at 10.000 feet altitude were reported here Wednesday by Kenneth Arnold, Boise, Idaho, pilot, who said he could not hazard a guess as to what they were.

Arnold, a United States forest service employe engaged in searching for a missing plane said he sighted the mysterious objects Tuesday at 3 p.m. They were flying between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams, in Washington state, he said, and appeared to weave in and out of formation. Arnold said he clocked them and estimated their speed at 1.200 miles an hour.

Inquiries at Yakima last night brought only blank stares, he said, but he added he talked with an unidentified man from Ukiah, south of there who said he had seen similar objects over the mountains near Ukiah Tuesday.

"It seemed impossible," Arnold said, "but there it is."

After the incident, he said, he talked to other pilots when he landed at Yakima, Wash., but none of them had seen anything similar.

At Portland, Ore., Edward Leach, senior CAA aeronautical inspector, said he could offer no explanation of the fast-flying objects reported by Arnold.

"If they were actually as described," Leach said, "I don't know what they could be. I rather doubt that anything would be traveling so fast."

To: Kenneth Arnold or Newspapers 1940-1949.

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