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The modern phenomena of UFOs and “flying saucers” began in Washington state on June 24, 1947, when Kenneth Arnold spotted nine mysterious, high-speed objects “flying like a saucer would” along the crest of the Cascade Range near Mount Rainier. His report made international headlines and triggered hundreds of similar accounts of “flying saucers” locally and across the nation.
During the final stages of the war, the U.S. military initiated Operation Paperclip, an effort to capture advanced German weapons research, and keep it out of the hands of advancing Soviet troops. A Horten glider and the Ho 229 V3, which was undergoing final assembly, were secured for sending to the United States for evaluation. On the way, the Ho 229 spent a brief time at RAE Farnborough in the UK, during which it was considered whether British jet engines could be fitted, but the mountings were found to be incompatible with the early British turbojets, which used larger-diameter centrifugal compressors as opposed to the slimmer axial-flow turbojets the Germans had developed. The Americans were just starting to create their own axial-compressor turbojets before the war's end, such as the Westinghouse J30, with a thrust level only approaching the BMW 003's full output.
Just some speculation and what I believe to be circumstantial proof that not only did the US have in it's possession a craft similar in shape but well with the time frame of the sighting and with the Cold War just heating up a very good reason to keep such craft secret.
originally posted by: aynock
if it was a squadron of 229s would it still be secret now?
Let's take a look at the description "Flying Saucer" where did it originate?
Some believe it began with Kennith Arnold in 1947
Some of Arnold's statements made the objects sound very much like a flock of birds:
"I noticed to the left of me a chain which looked to me like the tail of a Chinese kite, kind of weaving."
"I, at first, thought that they were geese because it flew like geese."
"Maybe it would be best to describe their flight characteristics as very similar to a formation of geese."
In these interviews with reporter Bob Pratt, Arnold gives us good reason to doubt his credibility. He talks about "mystery submarines," says that his phone line has been tapped, that UFOs may be alive, and they seem to be able to read his mind. He says he has spotted UFOs "seven or eight times."