Thursday, June 30, 2011

Asteroid, Britain and USA Most at Risk For Asteroid Strike


Britain & The U.S. 'Most Likely to be hit by Asteroid' 

Experts at Southampton University have drawn up a league table of countries most likely to suffer severe loss of life or catastrophic damage, should a large asteroid hit earth per the International Business Times.

The news comes days after UFOs were apparently spotted flying over the BBC building in London.




Coincidentally, most of the list is made up of developed nations including China, Japan, the United States and Italy, on the basis that the size of their populations would mean millions of deaths. The U.S., China, Indonesia, India and Japan are most in danger on this basis. Canada, the U.S., China, Japan and Sweden are rated most at risk in terms of potential damage to their infrastructure.
The report comes after a rock the size of a house came within 7,500 miles of Earth earlier this week.
The list has been compiled using software called NEOimpactor, using data from NASA's Near Earth Object programme.

"The threat of Earth being hit by an asteroid is increasingly being accepted as the single greatest natural disaster hazard faced by humanity," said Nick Bailey, of the University of Southampton, who developed the NEO-impactor software.
"The consequences for human populations and infrastructure as a result of an impact are enormous."
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Bailey also pointed out that an asteroid which landed in a remote spot near the Tunguska River in Russia in 1908 devastated a very large perimeter and the impacts would have been catastrophic if the area had been populated. "While it only flattened underpopulated forest, had it exploded over London it could have devastated everything within the M25," he said.
"Our results highlight those countries that face the greatest risk from this most global of natural hazards, and thus indicate which nations need to be involved in mitigating the threat."
Scientists think that 65 million years ago, an asteroid was responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs as a rock up to 10 miles in diameter hit Earth at 25,000 an hour with a force of 100 megatons, the equivalent of one Hiroshima bomb for everyone on the planet.
Many also insist that if Earth has until now managed to avoid being hit by such a large asteroid, it is partly due to Jupiter's gravitational field -- which limits our exposure to asteroids.

UFO in UK, UFO News, Update on Viral Video, UFO Video

London 'mother ship' UFO video is not viral marketing for movie


(all three video's can be seen below)
We promised to keep you abreast of any new developments and this seems to be the latest information. 


Yesterday, the web was abuzz over a video shot from a busy London sidewalk that claimed to show UFOs darting in and out of the clouds overhead. With the videos going viral in no time, many viewers were asking the same question of 'is it real?' Well, for experts, the video was highly dubious from the start. Now, others are coming forward to declare that not only is the video a fake, but it's nothing more than a publicity stunt for a movie, namely Iron Sky, due out on 2012.


Well, according to the movie makers, it is not.

In a blog entry, Jarmo Puskala, one of the men behind Iron Sky comes right out and says that, in no way, did the movie makers have anything to do with the London UFO video. Then, quickly shifting away from defense, Puskala goes on the attack, blasting the low quality of the footage, with the video's only redeeming nature being a 'jellycam' effect, caused as a function by the way the camera itself operates and then, as a result, would make re-editing more difficult.
However, Puskala reminds readers that, although this jellycam problem would make re-editing in UFOs more difficult, the task is anything but impossible. In the end, Puskala declares that, in his opinion, the video 'is most likely a fake.'
So, if this video is not some viral marketing attempt, why would one bother to make it in the first place? My bet: the age-old desire to trick people.
Quote from Puskala's website
"We would like to make it absolutely clear that we have nothing to do with the video, or the similar Jerusalem UFO video from last January. In our opinion the Norway spiral seen in 2009 seemed a lot more like something we would do.


From a computer graphics point of view the only thing special about the footage is the very visible rolling shutter “jellycam” effect. It’s caused by the way digital cameras work and most visible in cheap cellphone cameras, but even the mighty RED suffers from it. What it means is that it makes it more difficult to add anything to a video that has a strong rolling shutter effect since one would have to add distortion to all the new elements that would match the original video. This does not mean that the London footage is genuine, just that if it’s faked they either a) went to some trouble compositing the UFOs or b) that they added the jellycam effect to a stable video to make it seem more believable".


In today's world it is much easier to create CGI (computer graphics imagery) but there is still one option not many people are talking about and that is that the sighting and the UFOs are real. You be the judge!

Roswell Festival 2011, Out of This World Event, UFOs, July 1-4, 2011

Roswell UFO festival kicks off Friday July 1, 2011

Out of this world attractions and entertainment

UFO, UFO Video, Val Johnson UFO Case, UFO Sighting, Police Witness

The Val Johnson UFO Case

A frightening UFO case which involved physical trace elements occurred in Minnesota on Aug 27, 1979. This baffling account certers around the Deputy Sheriff Val Johnson of Marshall County. Johnson was patrolling near the North Dakota border at about 1:40 AM, when he noticed a bright light coming through his side window. Johnson knew it was not a typical vehicle lights. He thought it might be a small plane in trouble and about to crash. 

Unconsciousness for 39 Minutes:

He made a left turn to get a better view of the unknown light, and make a report if needed. All at once, the strange light moved directly toward his squad car, a 1977 Ford LTD. In a second, it was upon his vehicle. He estimated that the light had traveled 1 1/2 miles in an instant. He was blinded by its brilliance, heard the sound of breaking glass, and then lost consciousness. Johnson would later relate that "I was rendered either unconscious, neutralized or unknowing for a period of approximately 39 minutes."

Sent to Hospital:

When he came to, his vehicle was sitting off the road, and he could see where he had braked and skidded across the highway. He felt drugged, weak. At 2:19 AM, he radioed police headquarters, and asked for back-up. Another Deputy would soon arrive at the scene, and seeing Johnson's condition, radioed for an ambulance. Soon, he was under a physicians care at Warren Hospital. The doctor found that Johnson was in a state of shock, and his eyes had suffered "mild welders burns."

Baffled by Incident:

As the Sheriff's office began to investigate what had happened to Johnson and his vehicle, they were baffled by the unusual damage done. The inside headlight on the driver's side was destroyed but the one to its immediate left was untouched. On the left side of the front hood, there was a circular dent about 1/2 inch in diameter. It was close to the windshield, which was also cracked. The crack was from the top of the shield to the bottom, with four distinctive impact spots.

Clocks 14 Minutes Slow:

Another unexplainable fact was that Johnson's wristwatch was, although still running properly, 14 minutes slow. Also, the clock in his vehicle was also 14 minutes behind. The car's radio and Johnson's wristwatch were always synchronized with the official police station time. No explanation could be found for the missing time. Also, beginning at about 6 inches above the base, his car's police antenna was bent at a 60-degree angle. Also there was unexplainable damage to the trunk antenna.

Investigation Finds No Cause:

All of the damage to Johnson's 1977 Ford LTD was to the driver's side. The investigation determined that the police cruiser had traveled 950 feet from the initial impact. The Sheriff's Department could not determine what happened to the vehicle, and theories like being hit by a low-flying plane, or another vehicle, or even a hoax were quickly ruled out. The Center for UFO Studies also made an on-site investigation, along with officials from the Ford Motor Company.

Mechanical Forces of Unknown Origin:

No one could offer a tenable explanation for the damage, and the damage to the windshield was the most bizarre. Meridan French, from Ford, noted after examining the windshield fractures that "Even after several days of reflection on the crack patterns and apparent sequence of fractures, I still have no explanation for what seem to be inward and outward forces acting almost simultaneously. I can only [conclude]... that all cracks were from mechanical forces of unknown origin."


Conclusions:

The incredible sequence of events on August 27, 1979 in Marshall County, Minnesota mark one of the best documented cases of physical trace evidence left by an encounter with an unknown flying object. The incident was investigated by three separate organizations and no hint of a hoax, or an explanation of natural means was forthcoming.


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NASA, NASA News, Space Debris Misses ISS, Green Programs Need to Extend to Space

Emergency procedures enacted as space debris passes 1,100 feet from Space Station 

There is no doubt that the largest creators of space junk are the Americans with NASA, the Russians and now the Europeans. Each venture into space produces some debris, this is all part of the early stages of space exploration but it is something that we really need to stay on top of. In recent years with the rush to go green many of the corporate programs that have been enacted allow companies to deposit emissions and junk into space without having any idea what the long lasting effects will be. Something the size of a small coin could have a devastating affect on the International Space Station. As we rightfully move forward with programs that are good for earth's environment we should be equally cognizant of what effects our green programs have on space. This is already a problem but in the coming years and decades the magnitude of the problems could jeopardize our space program and be so costly to fix that it could greatly slow down our space exploration efforts. A long term view is a much healthier outlook then a short term view of just planet earth! 


Tuesday's space debris incident at the International Space Station was the "closest anything has come to the space station," NASA said Wednesday.


Final calculations showed the unknown object passed the space station 1,100 feet away and its source remains a mystery, according to Kelly Humphries, a spokesman at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

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When the unexpected space debris came flying close to the space station Tuesday, it prompted the station's six astronauts to take shelter inside two Soyuz capsules, NASA said.


NASA does not expect any other close calls with this particular debris, said Humphries.


Russia's Interfax news agency said preliminary data on "the dangerous approach" shows that the "trash" came within about 250 meters (820 feet) of the station.


Officials at NASA are investigating what the debris was, NASA spokesman Joshua Buck said.


By the time it was spotted, it was "too late to make an avoidance maneuver," so NASA ordered the six crew members to "shelter in place," Buck said. About 7:30 a.m. ET, the crew members climbed into the two Soyuz capsules positioned at the station.


NASA determined that the debris would come closest to the station at 8:08 a.m. ET.


Three minutes later, at 8:11 a.m. ET, the all-clear was sounded and astronauts were allowed to exit the capsules, Buck said.


Buck described the debris as an "unknown object of unknown size."

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

UFO, UFOs in the UK, Top Ten Most Bizarre Alien Encounters in UK

Top 10 UFO incidents in the UK

 Nick Pope, Former MoD UFO specialist reveals the UK's most bizarre alien encounters.


1. In December 1980 a UFO landed in Rendlesham Forest in Suffolk and was witnessed by United States Air Force personnel at two nearby military bases. The craft had strange symbols on the side that looked a bit like Egyptian hieroglyphs. The following night the UFO returned and was seen by the Deputy Base Commander. Radiation levels at the landing site were unusually high.

2. Former Army officer Alfred Burtoo was fishing by the Basingstoke Canal in August 1983 when he encountered a landed UFO and little green men. The 73 year old said he was taken onboard the ship, but heard a voice say "You can go. You are too old and infirm for our purpose". He told his wife he'd seen a UFO but didn't mention being taken onboard, because he thought she'd tell him "No more fishing for you, old man".


3. In a sighting that took place over RAF Shawbury in March 1993, the Meteorological Officer witnessed a huge, triangular-shaped craft fly slowly over the base, firing a beam of light at the ground, while emitting a low frequency humming sound. From a slow speed, the UFO then accelerated away to the horizon many times faster than a military jet. The man had eight years experience serving in the RAF.
4. On the same night as the sighting at RAF Shawbury, a couple saw a UFO over a field, hundreds of miles away. When they investigated, the UFO had gone, but all the cows were standing silently in the middle of the field, facing each other in a perfect circle.
5. A man contacted the Ministry of Defence in 1985 claiming to have been in contact with aliens who wanted to establish diplomatic contact with the authorities. He wanted to arrange a meeting between the British Government and an entity called Algar. But his letter stated that Algar had been killed by other aliens and concluded by saying "and that, of course, was that".

6. In 1986 a commercial pilot said that a UFO had passed close to his aircraft. Trying to be rational about it, he speculated that it might have been space debris re-entering the Earth's atmosphere, a meteorite, or a missile, accidentally fired into his flightpath. He concluded by saying, with remarkable understatement, "If it's a missile, myself and my crew are not impressed".
7. In another near miss between a commercial aircraft and a UFO, from 1991, a UFO passed rapidly in front of the Al Italia jet, which had 57 passengers on board. The pilot shouted "look out, look out" as the UFO flashed past. Neither the MoD nor the Civil Aviation Authority ever found an explanation.
8. In 1984 two police officers in North London were called out as a result of a woman who had seen a UFO. When the police officers arrived they saw the UFO too, observed it through their binoculars and made a sketch in their police notebook.



9. Retired policeman Philip Spencer encountered an alien on Ilkley Moor, Yorkshire, in 1987 and claimed to have been abducted. He even has a blurred photograph which he claims is the alien.
10. In 1980 in Lancashire, police officer Alan Godfrey encountered a UFO the size of a bus, hovering five feet above the road. When he returned to base it was later than expected. Subsequently, under regression hypnosis, PC Godfrey recalled having been taken onboard the UFO.


Source; http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/howaboutthat/ufo/8603822/Top-10-UFO-incidents-in-the-UK.html

UFO London 2011, Videos and Pictures


UFO videos and Pictures of recent London sightings


A video purportedly showing a "UFO mothership" and a "fleet" of alien spacecraft has gone viral on YouTube by June 29, three days after it was uploaded. 
By June 29 it has been viewed more then 2 million times after being uploaded on June 26 and is ranked first onYouTube's "most watched charts."
The video (video 2 below) begins with shaky footage caused by what can be assumed to be the person behind the camera running down the street to where a group of people stand filming the sky on their mobiles. The camera then turns upwards, where three shining dots can be seen passing through the sky.
These videos are causing much controversy and we will post more information as it becomes available so check  back with us! 


The video was first uploaded June 24 by YouTube user alymc01, who despite being a member since 2007 appears to only have this video and a duplicate of it on his or her channel; the video that has gone viral is a re-post of that footage by user EllasVirgo on June 26..

A few people begin to gather just before the guy with the camera shows up! 


The circular dots then return several times before a similar larger shape appears, hovers for a short while then disappears at speed. In the background a man can be heard saying "There's a UFO up there."


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The video has received some mainstream press coverage in addition to mentions on blogs specializing in UFOs. While no marketing company has yet come forward to claim responsibility for the footage, a number of similar videos have appeared on YouTube over the past few days.

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We expect more information on this sighting over the next day or two and we will bring you the latest news as it becomes available. 

UFO, Bugarach France, Spaceships Ready To Take Believers to A New Age, Photos

ET Ready To Take Believer's to A New Age on December 21, 2012

We’re coming to an end time beyond anything that anybody has ever imagined,” Rod said with a trembling urgency. “The scientists right now, they’re not even studying the real causes. The Kyoto treaty and CO2 have nothing to do with anything.”
The village and Peak (4000 ft) of Bugarach, the highest point of the Corbieres massif, in southwestern France, as seen June 2011. Surrounded in legend for centuries, Bugarach has become a focal point for many Apocalypse believers as rumours have circulated that its mountain contains doors into other worlds, or that extraterrestrials will return here on Judgment day to take refuge at their base. Residents of the tiny southern French hamlet, population 194, are witness to a rising influx of Doomsday believers convinced it is the only place on earth that will survive judgment day. 

BUGARACH, France — The rocky mountain of Bugarach, rising just over 4,000 feet in the Corbières Mountains, in one of the poorest and least populated areas of France, has long attracted hikers and nature lovers who like to wander its gentle slopes in search of rare species of orchids.

But in recent years, the mystic beauty and remoteness of the mountain has lured another, less common variety of hiker. Residents call them “the esoterics,” people who believe that the end of the world is coming — don’t forget to mark your calendar — for Dec. 21, 2012.

Jean-Pierre Delord, mayor of the village of Bugarach, poses in front of the peak, 
the high point of the Corbieres massif in southwestern France.

Some months ago, the mayor of Bugarach, a tiny village at the foot of the mountain in the southern district of Aude, alerted the local authorities after he read on Internet forums that believers in the apocalypse planned to take refuge here in 2012.
“Some Web sites in the U.S. were selling tickets to come here,” said Jean-Pierre Delord, the mayor. “We are 200 locals; we don’t want 2,000 to 3,000 utopians showing up in Bugarach.”
Some French and international Web sites devoted to the apocalypse claim that the mountain of Bugarach is a sacred place that will protect them from the end of the world. Some even believe that, on doomsday, they will be spirited away by a group of aliens who live under the mountain. The date in question is when a 5,125-year cycle in the Mayan calendar supposedly comes to a close.
People want to reserve room for Dec/Jan 2012 but rooms are only available in the summer

A local innkeeper, Sigrid Benard, who offers rooms only in the summer, said she had received numerous calls from people wishing to reserve rooms and mobile homes from the beginning of December 2012 to the end of January.
“People know I’m closed in the winter,” Mrs. Benard said. “But those people said they wanted to come three weeks before the apocalypse and book the week afterward to see what happens.”
The village and Peak of Bugarach, European quaint streets still abound but the peak can be seen from virtually every spot int town.Total population of Bugarach 194 people.

Many here, including the mayor, do not want to see Bugarach transformed into a safe haven for those he called “apocalypse believers and lunatics.” They point to an increasing presence of “esoterics,” who settled in Bugarach around the year 2000 and who are also attracted to the tranquillity, the low price of real estate and the history of the area.
“Those people belong to a New Age circle of influence,” Mr. Delord said. “Today, they do business on pure fables; they build inns and organize collective therapies.”
One of the esoterics is a former teacher named Jean. With a wise look and linen pants in winter, he resembles a neo-hippie. He recently settled in a yurt in the forest near Bugarach with hopes of building what he calls “the civilization of the heart.”
“The apocalypse we believe in is the end of a certain world and the beginning of another, a new spiritual world,” Jean said, refusing to give his last name because of the increasing local controversy.
View of the peak from the valley.

The year 2012 is the end of a cycle of suffering,” he said. Bugarach is “one of the major chakras of the earth, a place devoted to welcome the energies of tomorrow.”
For other people around France, Bugarach is not just a quaint village with a mountain.
“We all know that aliens are there for thousands of years,” said Paul Ponssot, the owner of a Paris-based bookstore specializing in esoteric literature. “They may be the forces who will help us get through 2012.”
In the little town, even the most pragmatic visitors acknowledged the special atmosphere of the place, silent and vibrant.
A woman examines the esoteric sign engraved on a rock near the summit of the Peak of Bugarach.

“Bugarach is like California in the ’60s,” said Didier Gromaire, a social worker from Chambéry who spent three months in Bugarach last year. “Things appear more clearly here; when you arrive, you feel that this is the beginning of a new life.”
Bugarach and its surroundings still bear significant traces of medieval religious sects and orders, including the Cathars, who built remarkable castles nearby.
A few miles away sits the village of Rennes-le-Château, whose supposedly hidden treasures have inspired many international authors, including Dan Brown, author of “The Da Vinci Code.”
The peak of Bugarach has long been called “the sacred mountain”; geologists say that soon after the mountain was formed, it exploded and the top landed upside-down. The mountain is also said to have inspired French authors like Jules Verne in “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” and American filmmakers like Steven Spielberg in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
Several reports circulating on the Internet even suggested that former President Francois Mitterand visited the peak by helicopter, that there was often a halo of cloud shaped like a spaceship around the summit and that planes never flew over the mountain because of supposed magnetic waves.
“People built an entire myth around the magnetism of the mountain,” said Jean-Luc Lamotte, 60, a retired businessman who owns a house nearby.
Some residents say that they sometimes see parades of people, their arms crossed in an X shape, climbing the peak with figurines of the Virgin Mary in their hands.
Ismo Nykanen, a Finnish journalist who settled in Bugarach with his family a few years ago, said he once spotted several groups of people, some dressed in white, some naked, carrying a ball and a golden ring hung by a thread.
View of Bugarach from the peak

“They stay several months during the summer in campers parked at the bottom of the peak,” Mr. Nykanen said. His teenage daughter, Elsa, said she once saw a truck with a message spray-painted on its door: “Collective suicide: Bugarach 2012.”

Cristina Breiner owns a guesthouse in the nearby village of Rennes-les-Bains. She was recently brought by a friend to a meeting of local esoterics.

“They dress like ordinary people and strongly believe that someone in the sky is sending them messages,” Mrs. Breiner said.

Mayor Delord is trying to figure out how to curb new influxes of utopians in the area, especially with the apocalypse coming. In a country where the government lists at least 30 movements preaching the apocalypse, the mayor’s concerns are not abstract.

“If it happens as in Mr. Spielberg’s ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind,’ ” Mr. Delord said, “it would be necessary to call in the army.”
What are people thinking about the end of the world;
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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Kenneth Arnold Historic UFO Case, UFO

The Kenneth Arnold 
UFO Case


This was an incident on June 24, 1947, where private pilot Kenneth Arnold spotted a string of nine, shiny, mostly disc-like unidentified flying objects flying past Mount Rainier at then unheard of supersonic speeds that Arnold clocked at a minimum of 1,200 miles an hour. This was the first post-War sighting in the United States that garnered nationwide news coverage and is credited with being the first of the modern era of UFO sightings, including numerous reported sightings over the next two to three weeks. Arnold's description of the objects also led to the press quickly coining the terms "flying saucer" and "flying disc" as popular descriptive terms for UFOs.

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Sighting

On June 24, 1947 Arnold was flying from Chehalis, Washington to Washington to Yakima, Washington in a  CallAir A-2 on a business trip. He made a brief detour after learning of a $5,000 reward for the discovery of a U.S. Marine Corps C-46 transport airplane that had crashed near Mt. Rainier. The skies were completely clear and there was a mild wind. 
A few minutes before 3:00 p.m. at about 9,200 feet (2,800 m) in altitude and near Mineral, Washington, he gave up his search and started heading eastward towards Yakima. He saw a bright flashing light, similar to sunlight reflecting from a mirror. Afraid he might be dangerously close to another aircraft, Arnold scanned the skies around him, but all he could see was a DC-4 to his left and behind him, about 15 miles (24 km) away.


About 30 seconds after seeing the first flash of light, Arnold saw a series of bright flashes in the distance off to his left, or north of Mt. Rainier, which was then 20 to 25 miles (40 km) away. He thought they might be reflections on his airplane's windows, but a few quick tests (rocking his airplane from side to side, removing his eyeglasses, later rolling down his side window) ruled this out. The reflections came from flying objects.

They flew in a long chain, and Arnold for a moment considered they might be a flock of geese, but quickly ruled this out for a number of reasons, including the altitude, bright glint, and obviously very fast speed. He then thought they might be a new type of jet and started looking intently for a tail and was surprised that he couldn't find any.

They quickly approached Rainier and then passed in front, usually appearing dark in profile against the bright white snowfield covering Rainier, but occasionally still giving off bright light flashes as they flipped around erratically. Sometimes he said he could see them on edge, when they seemed so thin and flat they were practically invisible. According to Clark Arnold said that one of the objects was rather crescent shaped, while the other eight objects were more circular, but initially Arnold's descriptions were they resembled saucers skipping on water, no mention of them actually looking like saucers.

At one point Arnold said they flew behind a subpeak of Rainier and briefly disappeared. Knowing his position and the position of the (unspecified) subpeak, Arnold placed their distance as they flew past Rainier at about 23 miles (37 km).


Using a dzus cowling fastener as a gauge to compare the nine objects to the distant DC-4, Arnold estimated their angular size as slightly smaller than the DC-4, about the width between the outer engines (about 60 feet). Arnold also said he realized that the objects would have to be quite large to se
e any details at that distance and later, after comparing notes with a United Airlines crew that had a similar sighting 10 days later (see below), placed the absolute size as larger than a DC-4 airliner (or greater than 100 feet (30 m) in length). Army Air Force analysts would later estimate 140 to 280 feet (85 m), based on analysis of human visual acuity and other sighting details (such as estimated distance).



Arnold said the objects were grouped together, as Ted Bloecher writes, "in a diagonally stepped-down, echelon formation, stretched out over a distance that he later calculated to be five miles". Though moving on a more or less level horizontal plane, Arnold said the objects weaved from side to side ("like the tail of a Chinese kite" as he later stated), darting through the valleys and around the smaller mountain peaks. They would occasionally flip or bank on their edges in unison as they turned or maneuvered causing almost blindingly bright or mirror-like flashes of light. The encounter gave him an "eerie feeling", but Arnold suspected he had seen test flights of a new U.S. military aircraft.

As the objects passed Mt Rainer, Arnold turned his plane southward on a more or less parallel course. It was at this point that he opened his side window and began observing the objects unobstructed by any glass that might have produced reflections. The objects did not disappear and continued to move very rapidly southward, continuously moving forward of his position. Curious about their speed, he began to time their rate of passage: he said they moved from Mt. Rainer to Mount Adams where they faded from view, a distance of about 50 miles (80 km), in one minute and forty-two seconds, according to the clock on his instrument panel. When he later had time to do the calculation, the speed was over 1,700 miles per hour (2,700 km/h). This was about three times faster than any manned aircraft in 1947. Not knowing exactly the distance where the objects faded from view, Arnold conservatively and arbitrarily rounded this down to 1,200 miles (1,900 km) an hour, still faster than any known aircraft, which had yet to break the sound barrier. It was this supersonic speed in addition to the unusual saucer or disk description that seemed to capture people's attention.

Corroboration


Arnold's sighting was partly corroborated by a prospector named Fred Johnson on Mt. Adams, who wrote AAF intelligence that he saw six of the objects on June 24 at about the same time as Arnold, which he viewed through a small telescope. He said they were "round" and tapered "sharply to a point in the head and in an oval shape." He also noted that the objects seemed to disturb his compass. An evaluation of the witness by AAF intelligence found him to be credible. Ironically, Johnson's report was listed as the first unexplained UFO report in Air Force files, while Arnold's was dismissed as a mirage, yet Johnson seemed to be describing a continuation of the same event as Arnold.

eight disc similar to Arnold's were photographed July 12, 1947
The Portland Oregon Journal reported on July 4 receiving a letter from an L. G. Bernier of Richmond, Washington (about 110 miles (180 km) east of Mt. Adams and 140 miles (230 km) southeast of Mt. Rainier). Bernier wrote that he saw three of the strange objects over Richland flying "almost edgewise" toward Mt. Rainier about one half hour before Arnold. Bernier thought the three were part of a larger formation. He indicated they were traveling at high speed: "I have seen a P-38 appear seemingly on one horizon and then gone to the opposite horizon in no time at all, but these disks certainly were traveling faster than any P-38. [Maximum speed of a P-38 was about 440 miles an hour.] No doubt Mr. Arnold saw them just a few minutes or seconds later, according to their speed." The previous day, Bernier had also spoken to his local newspaper, the Richland Washington Villager, and was among the first witnesses to suggest extraterrestrial origins: "I believe it may be a visitor from another planet."

About 60 miles (97 km) west-northwest of Richland in Yakima, Washington, a woman named Ethel Wheelhouse likewise reported sighting several flying discs moving at fantastic speeds at around the same time as Arnold's sighting.




Arnold shares the story

Arnold landed in Yakima at about 4.00 p.m., and quickly told friend and airport general manager Al Baxter the amazing story, and before long, the entire airport staff knew of Arnold's claims. He discussed the story with the staff, and later wrote that Baxter didn't believe him.

Arnold flew on to an air show Pendleton, Oregon, not knowing that somebody in Yakima had phoned in ahead to say that Arnold had seen some strange new aircraft. It was at this time that Arnold studied his maps, determined the distance between Mt. Rainier and Mt. Adams, and calculated the rather astonishing speed. He told a number of pilot friends, and wrote in his account to AAF intelligence that they did not scoff or laugh. Instead they suggested that maybe he had seen guided missiles or something new, though Arnold felt this explanation to be inadequate. He also wrote that some former Army pilots told him that they had been briefed before going into combat "that they might see objects of similar shape and design as I described and assured me that I wasn't dreaming or going crazy."

Arnold wasn't interviewed by reporters until the next day (June 25) when he went to the office of the East Oregonian in Pendleton. Any skepticism the reporters might have harbored evaporated when they interviewed Arnold at length; as historian Mike Dash records:


Arnold had the makings of a reliable witness. He was a respected businessman and experienced pilot ... and seemed to be neither exaggerating what he had seen, nor adding sensational details to his report. He also gave the impression of being a careful observer ... These details impressed the newspapermen who interviewed him and lent credibility to his report.
Arnold would soon complain about the effects of the publicity on his life. On June 27 he was reported saying, "I haven't had a moment of peace since I first told the story." He then said a preacher had called and told him that the objects he saw were "harbingers of doomsday" and that the preacher was preparing his congregation "for the end of the world." But that wasn't half as bad as an encounter he had with a woman in a Pendleton cafe who looked at him and dashed out shrieking, "There's the man who saw the men from Mars." She ran out "sobbing she would have to do something for the children" Arnold was reported saying "with a shudder".

He then added that, "This whole thing has gotten out of hand. I want to talk to the FBI or someone. Half the people look at me as a combination of Einstein, Flash Gordon and screwball. I wonder what my wife back in Idaho thinks."



Arnold talks of possible non-earthly origins

On July 7, 1947, two stories came out where Arnold again was raising the topic of possible extraterrestrial origins, both as his opinion and those who had written to him. In an Associated Press story, Arnold said he had received quantities of fan mail eager to help solve the mystery, none of it calling him a "screwball". Like the earlier doomsday preacher Arnold spoke of, many of the writers placed a religious interpretation on his sighting. But others, he said, "suggested the discs were visitations from another planet." Arnold added he had purchased a movie camera, which he would now take with him on every flight, hoping to obtain photographic proof of what he had seen.

Arnold's report to Army Air Force (AAF) July 12, 1947

In the other story, Arnold was interviewed by the Chicago Times:

"...Kenneth Luis Arnold ...is not so certain that the strange contraptions are made on this planet. Arnold... said he hoped the devices were really the work of the U.S. Army. But he told the TIMES in a phone conversation: 'If our government knows anything about these devices, the people should be told at once. A lot of people out here are very much disturbed. Some think these things may be from another planet. But they aren’t harming anyone and I think it would be the wrong thing to shoot one of them down—even if can be done. Their high speed would completely wreck them…'
"Arnold, in pointing to the possibility of these discs being from another world, said, regardless of their origin, they apparently were traveling to some reachable destination. Whoever controlled them, he said, obviously wasn’t trying to hurt anyone. …He said discs were making turns so abruptly in rounding peaks that it would have been impossible for human pilots inside survived the pressure. So, he too thinks they are controlled from elsewhere, regardless of whether it’s from Mars, Venus, or our own planet."
Arnold would make similar statements when interviewed by journalist Edward R, Murrow in 1950

Widespread UFO reports after Arnold sighting

In the weeks that followed Arnold's June, 1947 story, at least several hundred reports of similar sightings flooded in from the U.S. and around the world — most of which described saucer-shaped objects. A sighting by a United Airlines crew of another nine, disk-like objects over Idaho on July 4 probably garnered more newspaper coverage than Arnold's original sighting, and opened the floodgates of media coverage in the days to follow.

Military investigation of Arnold story
The first investigation of Arnold's claims came from Lt. Frank Brown and Capt. William Davidson of Hamilton Field in California, who interviewed Arnold on July 12. Arnold also submitted a written report at that time. Regarding the reliability of Arnold's sighting, they concluded:
"It is the present opinion of the interviewer that Mr. Arnold actually saw what he stated he saw. It is difficult to believe that a man of [his] character and apparent integrity would state that he saw objects and write up a report to the extent that he did if he did not see them."
Despite this, the Army Air Force's formal public conclusion was that Arnold had seen a mirage.

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