San Jose News
(San Jose, CA) - June 28, 1947
Flying Objects Are Not Jets
PORTLAND, Ore., June 28 (INS)—Whatever Kenneth Arnold, Boise aviator, saw while flying over Southwest Washington, they definitely were not Army jet-propelled flying wings as suggested in published reports.
Arnold claimed he saw a formation of saucer-like objects flying 1200 miles an hour.
The flurry of conflicting reports that followed Arnold's story prompted Lester Halpin, KOIN radio news editor to wire Army Air Force General Carl Spaatz in Washington, D.C. Halpin asked if the objects could have been flying wings and if the general considered the security of the country involved.
In reply to Halpin's wire, AAF headquarters advised: "Shiny objects reported seen over Washington state are not jet propelled flying wings. Only two jet propelled flying wings are on order by Army Air Forces neither of which has been completed. Army Air Forces have no aircraft that could fit reported description of objects. Security is not involved."
(Spokane, WA) - Jun 28, 1947
IT'S DISKS AGAIN; NEW ERA FORESEEN
by Associated Press.
BOISE, Idaho, July 27. —Kenneth Arnold. Boise business man-pilot who first “spotted” the flying disks, added a letter from France to his growing file of correspondence offering solutions to the airborne saucers.
The unidentified Frenchman, writing from Paris, said the disks are a part of a “great revelation to be made this year”
Arnold said the writer declared hieroglyphics on the grand pyramid in Egypt predicted that ¡n June, July and August of this year a new era would begin for humans.
“It sounds fantastic,” Arnold commented, “but I don’t doubt it.”
(Portland, OR) - June 28, 1947
Flying Saucer Story Grows
Reports Pour In From Wide Area
Kenneth Arnold, the Boise businessman who touched off nation-wide conjecture with his story of the "flying saucers,"Friday armed himself with a C150 movie camera in case he should ever again meet up with the missiles he saw putting through the skies over Western Washington.
"Next time," he vowed, "I'll get proof to back up my story." At the same time, the one time North Dakota football star fired a telegram at the Oregonian whose roundup story of opinion on Arnold's elusive sky travelers reported views of observers who intimated with tongue in cheek levity that the pilot was seeing spots before his eyes.
Mirror Angle Out
The telegram, sent just before he took off in Pendleton in his single engine three seater plane for Boise, said:
"I am certainly on your side of the fence and I did not believe it either but I have never suffered from snow blindness, mirages, or spots before my eyes of any kind."
Arnold said he, "made certain" the objects were not the result of reflections from his own airplane, as suggested by a veteran United Airlines pilot. His story, he reiterated, "is positively true."
Arnold told Pendleton newsmen he was not a pilot who did "crazy things" or who did "screwy flying." He said he had never been charged with a flying violation during his three years as a licensed pilot.
Jap Balloons Recalled
He recalled that wartime stories of the Japanese balloons sitting over the Pacific Northwest were treated with skepticism and he suggested "that's the way it might be with my story."
But Arnold's story had its backers. By Friday noon several residents of Oregon and Washington stepped forward with tales of the eerie saucer-like objects which the Boise flyer said he spotted flying in formation over the Cascades.
E. H. Sprinkle of Eugene said enlargements of a snapshot he took with a $3.50 camera showed seven dots shaped like an "X" or "V" lined across the sky. Laboratory reports, however, suggested the dots were only dust spots on the negative.
In the northerly city of Bellingham, Wash., George Clover said he looked up into the sky about 10 A. M. Tuesday and saw three shiny objects "like kites" heading south toward Seattle. He insisted they had no wings or pontoons and were traveling "real fast."
Widespread Reports In
"At first I thought they were army jet jobs," he said, "because the engines didn't sound like gas engines."
A Kansas City carpenter said he saw nine such discs, too. So did a pilot in Oklahoma City. Still another version, this time of a night flight, was told by Archie Eden of Wenatchee, who saw what he described as a speeding object descending in a long slant while he was driving on the Moses Lake highway.
"As we watched, it neared the ground and when it was about 200 feet high it exploded. There was no blinding flash, but there were great showers of sparks, and piles of flame seemed to hurtle to the ground," he said.
A Yakima, Wash., woman Mrs. Ethel Wheelhouse, reported sighting the "whatzits," Tuesday afternoon. They sped so fast she could not count them and they abruptly disappeared, she said. In Portland, Mrs. Jerry Nuels, 6510 S. E. Foster St., said she saw some flying discs south of Kelso last Friday. She said that they were "bright and shiny."
Science Steps In
From New York, the Associated Press attempted a scientific explanation of Arnold's story and the other scattered reports.
The reports from five areas west of the Mississippi river centering about the mysterious disc-like objects roughly agree with the way light is occasionally reflected from a distant airplane, the news service pointed out.
In clear air, the flash of sunlight from airplanes can easily be seen 50 miles. The flash, the news service reported, is round, the shape of the sun. Any other reflection at a great distance is also likely to be round, coming only from a small area on the plane.
As for Arnold -- he flew to Boise to spend the weekend with his wife and children and try, if he could, to forget the hullabaloo provoked by his story of 1200 mile-an-hour speedsters. "All I wanted was an explanation of what I saw," he said ruefully brushing the spots from his eyes.
(Reading, PA) - June 29, 1947
St. Petersburg Times
Army Rocket Experts Believe ‘Saucers’ Were Jet Planes
White Sands Proving Grounds, 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 half a dozen persons sprang 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.
Lieut. 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.
“My son saw three of them,” Mrs. Peterson said. “But by the time I got out there I could only see two. They didn’t look like jet ships or anything else I ever saw before.
“They were shiny, and seemed to be fluttering in the wind. We must have watched them for five minutes before they disappeared, going East.”
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.
If he and others actually saw the saucers, they must really have been covering ground.
Arnold said he saw them “about 3 p. m., Pacific Standard Time,” on Tuesday.
Charles Kastl, 60-year-old railroad engineer, of Joliet, Ill., said he spotted “about nine” of the things as he walked along a highway at 1:50 p. m., Central Standard Time on Tuesday.
That means they must have covered the distance from Seattle to Chicago—about 2,000—in 50 minutes.
Kastl said he saw a string of flat circular objects going “faster than any plane I ever saw” about 10 to 12 miles east of Joliet. They were flying about 4,000 feet high going from north to south.
“I could see no connecting link between them, but they acted as though the leading disc had a mo-
tor in it to power the others because when it flipped, the others would, too. When it would right itself, the others would right themselves.”
Kastl said he “didn’t think about” the incident, except to tell his wife, until Arnold reported seeing the planes.
If the discs really made the flight from Seattle eastward on Tuesday must have headed back West the next Day. W. I. Davenport, a Kansas City carpenter, said he saw rune of them flying a westerly course while he was working on a roof about noon Wednesday.
He said they were going so fast he barely had time to count them.
And they must have made previous flights—provided they flew at all. Byron Savage, of Oklahoma City said he saw a similar type of craft five or six weeks ago.
Astronomers at Seattle and Joliet said there was no natural explanation for the reports.
Meanwhile, Turner came up with an explanation for “falling bodies” reported in at least two
places in the southwest today. He said they were meteors. And he dispatched a search party by plane to Tularosa, N. M., and another by automobile to Engle, N. M.., to bring back proof.
(St. Petersburg, FL) - Jun 28, 1947
Flying Saucers Spotted In Sky By Illinois Man
JOLIET, Ill. -(UP)- A railroad engineer said yesterday he saw “about nine” spinning discs speeding through the sky last Tuesday, the same day an Idaho flied said he saw some flashing “flying saucers” in the air.
Charles Kastl, 60, an employe of the Elgin, Joliet and Eastern Railroad for 38 years, said he saw the discs at about 3:50 p.m.as he was walking along a highway to work.
No other person in the Joliet area reported anything unusual.
May Be Jet Planes Army Officer Says
WHITE SANDS, N. M. -(AP)- Lt Col. Harold R. Turner says “flying discs” reported seen in several western areas Wednesday night may have been jet airplanes.
The White Sands proving ground commandant said in an interview that jet planes have circular exhaust pipes and that these when heated might give an illusion of discs.
The area over which the “flying saucers” were reported seen widened to southwestern New Mexico yesterday.
First reports of such objects came from Pendleton, Ore., the same night when Kenneth Arnold, Boise, Ida., business man, reported seeing nine of them weaving across the sky. Similar reports came from Oklahoma and Idaho.
Kastl said he saw a string of flat, circular objects going fast er “than any plane I ever saw” about 10 to 12 miles east of Joliet. They were flying at about 4,000 feet, he said.
“They appeared to be very high, and were going from north to south,” he said. “I could see no connecting link between them, but they acted as though the leading disc had a motor in it to power the others, because when it flipped, the others would too. When lt would right itself, the others would right themselves.”
Kastl said he did not tell anyone but his wife about seeing the objects until yesterday, “because I didn’t think anything about it.”
When he returned from a railroad run yesterday, however, he learned that Kenneth Arnold, Boise, Ida., pilot, had reported seeing objects similar to the ones he claimed to have seen. Arnold said he saw objects over mountains in the Pacific northwest.
Arnold said he saw the “objects” at 6 p. m. about three hours later than Kastl reportedly saw a similar sight.
Charles Preucil, head of the Joliet Astronomical Society, said there would be no natural cause for a dip1ay such as Kastl described.