..are we able to pinpoint when UFOs in the 1940s actually came to be regarded as potential "ET" vehicles rather than foreign spy vehicles?
Hola mate am on my hols at the mo - good question though and interesting to note that Charles Fort's older UFO reports were 'frequently cited' in
the news media around mid 1947 (he was a fanboy of the visitor hypothesis so I suppose in popular consciousness his books from 1919 and 1923 did make
In the early part of the 20th century, Charles Fort collected accounts of anomalous physical phenomena from newspapers and scientific
journals, including many reports of extraordinary aerial objects. These were published in 1919 in The Book of the Damned. In this and two subsequent
books, New Lands(1923) and Lo! (1931), Fort theorized that visitors from other worlds were observing Earth. Fort's reports of aerial phenomena
were frequently cited in American newspapers when the UFO phenomenon first attracted widespread media attention in June and July
Regarding 'officialdom' then the Wiki entry basically just parrots the Condon Report (some observations by Sturrock and Chalker
here about that) but when it comes to historical government documentary evidence then
I'd say this book about internal memoranda is well worth a look - Dolan's first book
about the 'response' to UFOs by U.S. National Security Organizations is also a good one
Lots of early reports like Fukuoka, Hanford/Oak Ridge etc. which really must have left the boys at Project Sign scratching their heads but when it
comes to pinpointing the evolution of official hypotheses then Bruce Maccabee gives a relevant presentation below (also mentioned are Fred Johnson's
Mount Adams and Snake River Canyon sightings).
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Actually there are many cases where the ufos are talked about like they were living things. I wonder though if arnold had "felt" anything to reach
that conclusion or how did he reach it in general.
Totally know where you re coming from there Some times they literally loo just like the creatures that live deep down in the oceans where there
no light and use self illumunition instaed. Very very similar if not one and the same
Around April 14th 1561 over Nuremberg Germany it was reported that the sky was filled with ufo's engaged in an ariel battle, The residents claim that
all kinds of different shapes of craft from orbs to cross, cylinder, shapes were in battle for about an hour, After the battle huge black triangle
craft turned up, At that time people were far more religious so thought this was a sign from god.
Knoiw exactly where you're coming from on the nUremburg UFO orbs mate Plus all the crosses swords ships cylinders. Plays on me mind every day
like all te things going on in the sky especially after tea and toast with butter and honey in the mornings, it's just amazingly realistic was was
happening back then. Your God thing is so true, they really did look up more to the heavens in them days I mean all you ever see with the youngsters
these days is heads looking down in their iphones or media units, UFOs are whizzing above our heads all teh time but how are they going to see them
when al they do is look at their feet? A good look up at thesky whenever you get the opportunity is all that is needed to experience UFOs plus it's
good for your spine too to keep it straight
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After the battle huge black triangle craft turned up,
I found this exact quote in another case but cant find it atm, there was a battle?? of 2 ufos when one was shot down and a triangle appeared
afterwards. AS with the german case this case didnt have debris either, Need to recheck which case it was
Respectfully disagree with him about the lack of early 'saucer shaped' UFO reports (as envinced by specific case examples in this thread) but Chris
Aubeck does give some pretty fascinating examples of very early UFO reports in the latter half of this presentation (quite a few of the objects
were also said to be inscribed with 'hieroglyphs').
- At 0:15 they display the infamous Boomerang painting while describing the Saucers Arnold saw.
Arnold never described Boomerangs in his sighting and neither did anyone else in 1947.
Here is the official hand written report Arnold submitted to AAF officials describing what he saw -
William A. Rhodes photo is shown and reported to be 'Gun camera image'.
Not so! -
July 7 — Rhodes takes two photographs.
July 8 — The Arizona Republic obtains them and distributes prints and the negatives to “aircraft identification experts”. The CIC. at Williams
Field, Chandler, Arizona (in Phoenix), obtains prints from the newspaper
July 9 — The Arizona Republic publishes a story about the sighting including crops of the two photos.
On July 14, Army Air Forces Counter Intelligence Corps (CIC) Special Agent (SA) Lynn C. Aldrich reported:
On 8 July 1947, this Agent obtained pictures of unidentifiable objects, (Exhibits 1 and 2) from the managing editor of the Arizona Republic newspaper.
The pictures were taken by Mr. William Rhoads, 4333 N. 14th St., Phoenix, Arizona, at sunset on 7 July 1947. The Subject objects flew at unconceivable
speeds, making three circles in the vicinity of Mr. Rhoads' home. The pictures were taken with a box camera, size 620. The photograph (Exhibit 1) was
taken as the object passed in front of Mr. Rhoads, and Exhibit 2 as the object turned towards Mr. Rhoads. The height of the object was estimated at
AGENT'S NOTES: See Exhibits 1 and 2, photographs of unidentifiable objects, enlarged approximately 20 times. No further reports have been received by
this office of objects seen by military personnel.
This flying object was twice snapped at dusk Monday as it circled north of Phoenix. William A. Rhodes, 4333 North 14th street, first shot the picture
at the left as the slow-flying object was approaching him. As it banked to make a tight turn, he obtained the picture above, showing clearly the shape
of the object. In seconds, Rhodes said, the "disc" shot away to the west at high speed. It had made three whirling turns north of the city, after
approaching from the west. Aircraft identification experts yesterday would not hazard opinions on the object's nature.
Speedy 'Saucer' Zips Through Local Sky
By ROBERT C. HANIKA
THE FIRST clearly recorded photographs of what is believed to be a mysterious "flying disc" which has 33 states in America and even a few foreign
countries on edge with its peculiar activities, was taken by an amateur Phoenix photographer.
Reproduced in the Arizona Republic today, the photographs were made by William A. Rhodes, 4113 North 14th street, who was on his way to his workshop
in the rear of his home when he heard the distinctive "whoosh" of what he believed to be a P-80 -- Shooting Star jet-propelled plane.
Rhodes snatched a camera from his workshop bench and by the time he reached a small mound at the rear of his home, the object had circled once and was
banking in tight circles to the south at an altitude of approximately 1,000 feet, he said.
In the overcast sky, the object continued its speedy flight from north to south and directly east of his position. Rhodes snapped the hurtling missile
by sighting alongside his box camera.
Quickly rolling up his last piece of film, Rhodes awaited the return of the craft which continued in a clockwise movement over his home and as it
disappeared into the west, the second shot was taken.
Rhodes described the object's disappearance as phenomenal since it apparently winged over and shot up into the ether. "I don't think it was a P-80
since I have observed many of them over here. Also, the fact it made no other sound after the first pass over the house," Rhodes said, "makes me
believe it was some other type of aircraft. In its three flights over the house, there was not a sound, even when it zoomed into the southwest," he
Men long experienced in aircraft recognition studied both the prints and the negatives from which they were made and declined to make guesses on what
the flying object might be.
July 14 — Aldrich sends the prints to A-2 at Hamilton Field, CA. The FBI also receive copies.
Final note: Arnold originally reported all the saucers in the formation to be round. When interviewed by 2 AAF investigators Arnold was briefed about
the shape of the newly reported Rhodes sighting and photos.
Arnold suddenly stated that this report had jogged his memory and he now remembered that the lead craft in the formation he saw had a flat trailing
edge like the one Rhodes had photographed, and drew such a shape in is report shown above. He maintained that all the rest were completely circular.
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Some great info there my friend and thanks for linking that site - hadn't seen that one before!
Also a very relevant article below describing pre Arnold sightings from the same year.
These excerpts from NICAP's assessment(s) of UFO accounts prior to and right after Kenneth Arnold's iconic "flying saucer" sightings
indicate how clean UFO sightings in the 1947 time-frame were, and why most were not ballyhooed:
"Published records have referred to a total of forty-nine UFO reports for the period June 1st through June 24th, by more than seventy-five witnesses,
two thirds of whom have been fully identified. These figures raise an interesting question: why did none of these seventy-five witnesses report their
unusual observations until after Arnolds story had been published? In a number of those reports, the witnesses tried to account for their initial
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