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"The pilot of a DC-4 that was twenty miles away reported nothing unusual could be seen."
"Pilot Says He Saw Big 'Saucers' Fly Over West Coast — Officials Skeptical of Report of 1200 Mile-an-hour Object," St. Louis Post Dispatch, June 26, 1947.
Resolving Arnold -- Part I
also cited at
PILOT REPORTS SEEING WEIRD OBJECTS IN SKY
Pendleton, Ore., June26 (AP)
Army and Civil Aeronautics Administration spokesman expressed skepticism today over a report of nine mysterious objects-as big as airplanes-whizzing over western Washington at 1,200 miles an hour.
But Kenneth Arnold, a flying Boise, Idaho, buisinessman who said he timed them by his plane clock, clung to his story of the shiny, flat objects, each as big as a DC-4 passenger plane, racing over the Cascade Mountains with a peculiar weaving motion "like the tail of a kite."
An Army spokesman commented: "As far as we know, nothing flies that fast except a V-2 rocket, which travels too fast to be seen."
This was based on a somewhat longer AP release.