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Kenneth Arnold's sighting

Kenneth Arnold sighting report in the Press:

The article below was published in the newspaper The Lawton Constitution, Lawton, Oklahoma, USA, on page 2, on June 29, 1947.


More Reports Of 'Flying Saucers' Being Received

SEASIDE, Ore., June 28. -- (AP) -- The latest report on the "flying saucers" came Saturday from a Seaside woman who said she saw one of them winging soundlessly south at 5:05 p.m.

She was Mrs. Sidney B. Smith, wife of a Seaside policeman, who with her eight-year-old daughter, Joanne, said she watched the "round" object for nearly three minutes.

"It was very fast, and when the sun hit it, it flashed brightly, like polished silver. We could see it dimly when it was not flashing," she said.

Mrs. Smith added that it was flying high, east of the city, but she believed it was close enough for her to have heard regular engines. She said she could hear nothing.


WHITE SANDS PROVING GROUND, N. M., June 28. -- (U.P.) -- An army rocket expert ventured the opinion today that Kenneth Arnold's flying saucers were merely jet planes but almost a dozen persons spring up about the country to say they had seen the mysterious shiny discs also.

Arnold, a flying fire extinguisher salesman from Boise, Ida., said he saw nine of the weird ships breezing along at a speed of 1,200 miles an hour. Arnold was positive of the speed. He clocked them across a known distance between two mountains.

Lt. Col. Harold R. Turner, commanding officer of the army's rocket proving grounds here, said today that the discs must have been jet airplanes.

But Mrs. E. G. Peterson of Seattle said no -- she had seen the things too. Not only that, her son also saw them. In fact, he called her attention to them.

Several other residents reported seeing them in the area.

The eyewitness statements were music to the ears of Arnold, who has been the butt of no little ribbing ever since he told of seeing the circular gadgets whipping along at 10,000 feet near Mt. Rainier in southern Washington.

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