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Kenneth Arnold's sighting

Kenneth Arnold sighting reports in the Press:

The article below was published in the newspaper The Statesman-Journal, Salem, Oregon, USA, on page 1, on June 27, 1947.


'Flying Discs' Sighted at Salem, Eugene, Oklahoma, Kansas, Etc.

A Salem woman Thursday added her story to the many that come from all over the country about sighting unexplainable silver discs high in the sky.

Mrs. Dennis Howell, who lives at the Veterans Housing colony in southeastern Salem, reports she saw a bright, shiny object tumbling along in the sky between 3 and 5 p.m. Tuesday. She said she thought no more about the sight until reading of the nine silver discs which Boise, Ida., pilot Kenneth arnold said he observed over the Cascade range Wednesday.

Mrs Howell said she saw only one silvery object, traveling very high, traveling steadily at a moderate rate of speed.

By the Associated Press

Conjectures multiplied today as widely separated areas reported apparent confirmation of incredibly fast disc-like objects flashing through the sky - but skeptics remained.

Following yesterday's report at Pendleton, Ore., by Kenneth Arnold of Boise, Idaho, the he has seen nine saucer-shaped shining objects dipping and skimming through the sky between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams in Washington state at an estimated 1200 miles an jour, came these observations today:

Byron Savage, Oklahoma City businessman pilot, said that five of six weeks ago he observed from his front lawn a flat disc-like object hurtling through the sky at tremendous speed. He said he told his wife and a few pilot friends, then said no more until he heard of Arnold's report.

At Kansas City, W. I. Davenport, a carpenter, said that yesterday he, too, saw nine speeding objects, moving west high in the sky. They were going fast and he could not make out their shape, he said.

A Bremerton, Wash., housewife - west across the Cascade mountains from where Arnold saw his objects - said that twice in the past 10 days she had seen "platter-like" light reflecting objects. "I thought surely nothing could travel so fast," Mrs Elma Shingler said.

Another Bremerton woman, Mrs. Howard K. Wheeler, reported tonight she had seen three similar objects in the sky a week ago Tuesday. Her husband called from the house by his wife arrived in time to see one of the objects, he reported.

At Eugene, Ore., E. H. Sprinkle said he nearly got a picture of them a week ago Wednesday when he took his $3.50 camera to a local butte to test it. Enlargement prints from his film showed seven dots in apparent formation against a clear sky.

Against these supporting observations, skeptics sought explanations. Capt. Al Smith, United Airline pilot on the Seattle run, said he thought Arnold saw reflections of his instrument panel and Dr. J. Hugh Pruett, University of Oregon meteorologist, said that "persistent vision," often note after looking at bright objects such as the sun, could have kept such reflections before him after they had passed.

To: Kenneth Arnold or Newspapers 1940-1949.

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