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Kenneth Arnold's sighting

Kenneth Arnold sighting reports in the Press:

The article below was published in the newspaper The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee, USA, on page 1 and 2, on July 9, 1947.


'Flying Saucer' Flights Seen By Hundreds

By United Press

Hundreds of person stared into the sky today, hoping to see one of the "flying saucers" which have been reported whooshing through the air at rocket speed over nearly every section of the country.

As reports of saucer flights poured in, debate was rife over whether the discs were careening through people's minds, or really were spinning objects in the sky.

Dr. John G. Lynn, Valhalla, N. Y., an expert on human behavior, said it was just a "wave of saucer hysteria." He blamed it on recent predictions that an atomic war would break our, laying waste in the United States.

An astronomer said he believed "some people were seeing spots before their eyes."

A San Diego editor of an occult magazine said the discs were space ships from mars.

But individuals from coast to coast insisted that they had seen the saucers. The discs ranged from silver to

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gold in color, according to "eye-witness" descriptions, and their speeds ranged up to 1,000 miles an hour.

The latest saucer reports came from two widely separated localities, sixty picknickers at Twin Falls, Ida., said they saw three groups of discs flying over a park. Some of the saucers were described as flying in V-formations, while others circles and dives in loose formation. [All probably birds.]

At Summerside, Prince Edward Island, Canada, two farmers claimed they saw flying saucers last night, traveling southwards and leaving a trail of vapor. [Probably planes.]

Amateur weather students at Summerside suggested that under certain conditions some types of swift flying birds could create an optical illusion.

U. S. naval observatory officials at Washington concluded unofficially meanwhile, that the mysterious saucers could not be astronomical phenomena.

Both the army and navy confessed they were at loss for an explanation of the reported objects.

BOISE, Ida., July 5 (U.P.) -- Kenneth Arnold, the man who is responsible for turning the nation's population into sky gazers, was off on another flight today over the Pacific Northwest hoping again to meet up with the "flying saucers" that are causing no end of consternation.

Boise businessman Arnold is an objective srt of person and he hates to think that the discs are a forerunner of an atomic war in 1960 as envisioned in some of the letters he has received the last two weeks.

Arnold took off in his private plane for a brief fishing trip to Port Angeles, Wash. He was accompanied by a trusted observer, Col. Paul H. Weiland, Provo, Utah, an artillery officer in the recent war. And Arnold had him with him ready for instant use a $150 movie camera purchased at Pendleton, Ore., just in case he again ran into the undulating formation flying discs he clocked at 1,200 miles an hour near Mount Rainier in southern Washington June 24.

Since that date, Arnold has just been lost in the shuffle of the mounting list of flying saucer-seers.

"I know a lot of people first thought I was cracked," he said, "but they'll have changed their minds now. There's a lot more 'crazy' people, including myself. But if they think we're crazy they should read some of my mail."

To: Kenneth Arnold or Newspapers 1940-1949.

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