[CNI News thanks Joe Trainor of UFO ROUNDUP for providing the following article from the Associated Press, dated June 25, 1947. To receive free issues of UFO ROUNDUP by email, write to Masinaigan@aol.com]
PENDLETON, Ore. -- (AP) -- Nine bright saucer-like objects flying at "incredible" speed at 10,000 feet altitude were reported here yesterday [June 24, 1947] by Kenneth Arnold, 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 a search for a missing plane, said he sighted the mysterious objects Thursday 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 them and estimated their speed at 1,200 miles an hour.
Inquiry at Yakima (Wash.) brought only blank stares, he said, but he added he talked with an unidentified man from Ukiah (California) south of here, who said he had seen similar objects over the mountains near Ukiah Tuesday (June 22, 1947).
"It seems impossible," Arnold said, "but there it is."
In Washington, the War Department said it had no information on the Oregon sky mystery.
An Army spokesman expressed interest in any object which would fly at an estimated speed of 1,200 miles per hour, declaring, "As far as we know, nothing flies that fast except a V-2 rocket, which travels at about 3,500 miles an hour -- and that's too fast to be seen."
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