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Kenneth Arnold's sighting

Kenneth Arnold sighting report in the Press:

The article below was published in the newspaper The Des Moines Register, Des Moines, Iowa, USA, on page 1, on June 29, 1947.


Pilot Fussed; FBI Won't Check Into Flying Saucers

BOISE, IDAHO (U.P.) -- Businessman-Pilot Kenneth Arnold landed his plane on the hayfield near his Boise ranch Saturday and shook his head over the state of affairs of the country.

Arnold was disturbed because neither the FBI not the army appeared interested in his story about seeing none giant saucers whirling through the air over Washington state early this week.

"If I was running the country," Arnold said when he landed, "and someone reported something unusual, I'd certainly want to know more about it."

If the army and the FBI weren't interested, officially, in the salesman's story, almost everyone else in the country was. He was receiving reports from all over the nation of other persons who's seen the same mysterious objects whizzing through space last week.

Arnold denied he's ever been snow blinded or that he had spots before his eyes or that he suffered from hallucinations, as suggested by some heeklers.

"Physically, I'm 100 per cent," the tired pilot countered. "I'll submit to any kind of test. I only reported what any pilot would report. I certainly have nothing to gain in a business way with all this hullabaloo."

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EL PASO, TEX. (U.P.) -- Lt. col. Harold R. Turned, commander of White Sands proving ground, said Saturday the "puzzling objects" sighted in the sky of New Mexico were evidently meteorites.

"They appear much larger and apparently are coming much closer to earth than usual," he said.

Investigations of two reports of falling bodies, one in Tularosa and another near Engle, N. M., were made by Colonel Turner.

Colonel Turner said such meteorites could give the appearance of a shiny flying disc because of reflections of the sun's rays.

He said they could easily cause the illusion of being quite near and traveling slowly, while actually they were probably many miles away and traveling at high rates of speed.

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LAWTON, OKLA. (U.P.) -- Excited residents of Lawton reported sighting a "whole flock" of flying saucers northwest of here.

They saw flat objects glistening in the bright sunlight, and they could hear aircraft motors droning in the distance. The objects turned out to be handbills released from an airplane.

To: Kenneth Arnold or Newspapers 1940-1949.

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