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Kenneth Arnold's sighting

Kenneth Arnold sighting report in the Press:

The article below was published in the newspaper The Evening News, Cumberland, Maryland, USA, on pages 1 and 2, on July 5, 1947.


Flying Saucers:

'Whirling Discs' Reported By Air Lines Crew, Others

PORTLAND, Ore., July 5 (AP) -- The "flying saucer" mystery reached lever pitch today, after "I saw them myself" statements from a Veteran United Air Lines crew, scores of Portland residents, and 80 picknickers at Twin Falls Park in Oregon.

The UAL pilot, co-pilot, and stewardess, who had scoffed consistently at "flying saucers" tales, said they saw such objects last night while flying a passenger plane from Boise, Idaho, to Portland.

Their statements followed a day during which the "saucers" were reported seen in many parts of the nation.

Many Portlanders - including police, experiences fliers, and three newspapermen - declared they saw silvery discs undulating over Portland.

In New Orleans, Miss Lilian Lawless said she saw an object, shining like silver or chromium, flying at a great height and at a terrific speed in a northeasterly direction over Lake Pontchartrain.

Describing what they saw as flat, translucent plates 12-to-15 inches in diameter, several Port Huron, Mich., residents reported seeing the "saucers."

Capt. E. J. Smith, a veteran of 14 years with United Air Lines, said he observed the round flat objects - "like a pancake standing on end" - for about 12 minutes while flying from Emmett, Idaho, to a point southeast of Ontario, Ore. He radioed the Ontario airport but airport officials saw nothing.

Sixty picknicking at Twin Falls Park, near Twin Falls, Idaho, said they saw the discs yesterday

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'Whirling Discs'

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afternoon. A party of seven first saw some and ten minutes later, a crowd of 20 or 30 people saw another batch of nine or ten. Word passed around, and soon the waiting crowd saw another batch circling and climbing.

At Seattle, Frank Ryman, coast Guard yeoman, said he took a picture of what some residents north of Seattle thought was a flying disc. The photograph showed a pinhead-size light spot against the dark evening sky.

The Oregonian dispatched a plane to hunt Portland's saucers. It found nothing but empty sky.

To: Kenneth Arnold or Newspapers 1940-1949.

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