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Kenneth Arnold sighting as first reported by the Associated Press - the origins of the term "flying saucer" originated from Arnold's depiction of the objects as "saucers"
PENDELTON, Ore., June 25 (AP) -- Nine bright saucer-like objects flying at "incredible speed" at 10,000 feet altitude were reported here today by Kenneth Arnold, a Boise, Idaho, pilot who said he could not hazard a guess as to what they were.
Arnold, a United States Forest Service employee engaged in searching for a missing plane, said he sighted the mysterious objects yesterday at 3 P.M. They were flying between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams, in Washington state, he said, and appeared to weave in and out of formation. Arnold said he clocked and estimated their speed at 1,200 miles an hour.Transcript of Ed Murrow-Kenneth Arnold Telephone Conversation
Many of our readers will remember Edward R. Murrow, the popular, cigarette-smoking news commentator of the 1940's and 1950's who gave the news a dramatic touch in his own distinctive style. Almost three years after the famous June 24, 1947 sighting in the Cascades of the state of Washington, Mr. Murrow engaged the pilot/witness Kenneth Arnold in a conversation about his historic experience.
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Explanation for the Kenneth Arnold Sighting
Arnold's UFOs Actually Meteor-Fireballs?
'Flying Saucers' and Undulating Flight
of sightings, which were eventually termed "UFOs," can be
traced far back into history, students of the subject have arbitrarily
placed the beginning of the modern era in the mid-1940s with the
appearance of UFOs over both the European and Pacific Theaters of War.
These UFOs were called by many names, all of which revealed a lack of
understanding of their nature and source. To the Allies, they were
"kraut fireballs" or "foo fighters," with the latter
term surviving. It is believed that the Germans and Japanese saw them
also... Pilots and their air crews reported that the "odd
things" flew in formation with their airplanes, "played
tag" with them, and generally behaved as if they were under
intelligent control. At no time were they said to have displayed
> 1944-45: "Foo Fighters" Over Europe and Asia, UFO Briefing Document, Don Berliner