reply to post by Pimander
Ah yes, the incredible speeds you mention. Let's take a closer look at the speeds reported, keeping in mind:
The maximum speed of a P-38 was about 440 miles an hour.
In August 1947, with Commander Turner F. Caldwell and Major Marion Carl, USMC, at the controls, Skystreaks established two world speed records,
achieving 640.663 MPH and 650.796 MPH over a 30-kilometer course.
May 16 1947 - ... went shooting past... traveled to the west at terrific speed
("something that looked like a ball") Valley City, North Dakota - 9:00 P.M. CST
May 17 - ...tremendous speed.
(more than one plate-shaped object) Bremerton, Washingtonous
May 18 - ...speed estimated at more than 1500 mph (3x current jet speed in those days)
(shiny disc... as big as six B-29 bombers “bigger than any aircraft we have.” )
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Dusk
May (last week of) - ...terrific rate of speed ...sped out of view in less than twenty seconds
(formation of four disc-like objects... silvery and appeared “highly polished,”... spinning on their axes... no sound) Augusta, GA
June 17 - ...tremendous speed
(more than one plate-shaped object) Bremerton, WA
June 17 - ...wavered as they flew, and shot off at extreme speeds
(Three platter-shaped discs) Bremerton, Washington - Late afternoon PST
June 18 - ...multiple "saucers racing overhead"...speeding out of sight at tremendous velocity - 1,700 mph
June 19 - ... as they zoomed over
(eight to ten discs which were lighted from within) Cedar Rapids, Iowa - Night
June 22 - ...traveled at a high rate of speed... and "streaked across the sky" in a matter of only eight to ten seconds
(a "brilliant, round-shaped silvery-white object") Greenfield, Massachusetts - 11:30 A.M. EST
June 23 - ...then zoomed away
(a large shiny silver ball hovered for several minutes over a mountain) Clayton, Georgia
June 23 - ...terrific speed
(two illuminated discs) Huntsville, Alabama
June 24 - ...1200 mph
(nine strange "saucer-shaped" planes) Mt. Ranier, Washington
June 24 - ...flew off faster than anything he had seen before
(five or six discs flying silently overhead) Hood River, Oregon - 3:00 P.M. PST
-He noticed that his compass began spinning when the discs passed over.
-His watch also stopped running.
June 24 - ...They sped so fast she could not count them
(sighting the “whatzits,”) Yakima, Washington - 3:00 P.M. PST (approx)
June 24 - ..."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
Richland, Washington - 2:30 P.M. PST
June 24 - ...moving at fantastic speeds
(several flying discs) Yakima, Washington
June 24 - ...flash by to the north
(nine shiny discs) Washinton - 3:00 P.M. PST
June 24 - ..."going faster than any planes I ever saw
(peculiar formation of nine flat, circular objects) Joliet, Illinois 1:50 P.M. CST
June 25 - ...approaching at a high rate of speed... disappeared to the south in a matter of seconds
(a strange oval-shaped object) Pueblo, Colorado
June 26 - ..."was moving at a terrific rate of speed
("The machine, or whatever it was, was a shiny silvery color — very big)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
"I know that boy up there (Arnold), really saw them."
June 26 - ...a "silver ball flashing through the sky" too swift to be an aircraft... "It was a distinctly large ball, moving extremely fast..."
It was in the sky one minute, and by the time I had called my son's attention to it, the form had swooshed to almost the horizon point. Then it was
." - Grand Canyon, Arizona - Day
June 26 - ...a pilot was flying a small plane when he saw a "silvery streak" approach him at high speed ... It then disappeared to the east
- Cedar City, Utah - Just before sundown
June 26 - ...great velocity heading eastward
(one silvery colored disc) Cedar City, Utah - 7:45 P.M. MST (6:45pmPST)
June 26 - ...traveling at least 1,200 miles per hour
(a round large disc in an easterly direction) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - 8:30 P.M. CST (6:30pmPST)
June 28 - ...approached the observers in a jagged, zigzagging course, with frequent bursts of speed
... to a point directly overhead, and the
four officers reported that it then made a sharp, sudden 90° turn toward the south
... they heard no noise.
(strangely maneuvering light) Montgomery, Alabama - 9:20 p.m. CST (7:20pmPST)