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Kenneth Arnold's sighting

Kenneth Arnold sighting reports in the Press:

The article below was published in the newspaper Gazette-Times, Corvallis, Oregon, USA, on page 1, on June 25, 1947.


'Mystery Airplanes' Seen Near Mt. Rainier

PENDLETON, Ore., June 25 - (AP) - Kenneth Arnold, Boise, Ida. pilot, doesn't know wether to believe his eyes.

He reported here today that while searching for a missing marine corp plane in southwestern Washington yesterday he sighted nine "saucer-like" objects flying at "amazing" speed.

Arnold, who stopped here en route home to Boise, said the "planes" were sighted about 3 p.m. yesterday at an altitude of about 10.000 feet.

He clocked the strange-appearing "planes" as they flew between Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams and estimated their speed at "about 1200 miles an hour."

"It seemed impossible," he said, "but there it is - I must believe my eyes."

He said the "aircraft" were extremely bright - "as if they were nickle-plated" - and appeared to weave in and out of formation.

Arnold inquired about the "mystery planes" at Yakima last night and received only blank stares. But in Pendleton this morning he said he talked with an unidentified man from Ukiah who reported he had seen similar objects yesterday afternoon in the mountains near Ukiah.

Arnold is a forest service employe.

To: Kenneth Arnold or Newspapers 1940-1949.

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