Journalist, Bill Bequette, reported to the United Press on June 24th, 1947 that was to coin an importan new phrase. He reported that pilot Kenneth
Arnold had sighted, "flying saucers."
The trouble is the report was erroneous. Kenneth didn't report that at all.
Source: The Saucer
Error By Martin Kottmeyer
In a memoir of the incident for the First International UFO Congress in 1977 Arnold revealed the flying saucer label arose because of a "great
deal of misunderstanding" on the part of the reporter who wrote the story up for the United Press. Bill Bequette asked him how the objects flew and
Arnold answered that, "Well, they flew erratic, like a saucer if you skip it across the water." The intent of the metaphor was to describe the motion
of the objects not their shape. Arnold stated the objects "were not circular."
Above is Kenneth Arnold, pictured holding an impression of one of the objects that he saw. Clearly the objects were not saucers.
Why does it matter?
Well at this point, the world began to look up and expect to see "flying saucers". Have a guess what they saw. Hundreds of reports emerged of flying
saucers in the skies.
Unpredisposed by Martin Kottmeyer
The implications of this journalistic error are staggering in the extreme. Not only does it unambiguously point to a cultural origin of the whole
flying saucer phenomenon, it erects a first-order paradox into any attempt to interpret the phenomenon in extraterrestrial terms: Why would
extraterrestrials redesign their craft to conform to Bequette's error?
Well the obvious answer to that question is that extraterrestrials would not redesign their craft to meet our expectations. So if reports of flying
saucers did not start to emerge until after the Arnold report, then UFOlogy is confronted with a bit of a mystery.
That sounds like a challenge.
Could ATS members meet this challenge?
Here is the acid test ATSers. Can you produce enough credible reports to convince a skeptic that "flying saucers" have been with us before June,
I will start you off with stating that I am not really asking for ancient artwork. A lot of it has already been debunked and the few items that
remain are difficult for us to put in context so will never be credible to hard-core skeptics. I am looking for more recent examples, possibly with
photographs or other corroborating data. Multiple witnesses would be nice.
A few photographic examples might get your juices flowing.
I have a feeling this first one (above) is a hoax.
This one from China (above) is zoomed below.
Source: NICAP website
This picture (above ed. Pim) of George Sutton of St. Paris, Ohio was taken near midday on a summer noon. We can see that it was in 1932 from the
license plate on the automobile in the photo that accompanied this shot.
The unidentified flying object in the picture could not have been a street lamp, simply because there were no street lamps at the time. There are no
power poles or power lines visible anywhere in this picture. This picture of George Sutton of St. Paris, Ohio, taken near midday shows a vintage
automobile with a 1932 license plate on the front bumper. The owner of the photo album says there were no electric street lights along this road in
those days. Nobody has been able to account for the dark object seen over Sutton's left shoulder in this photograph.
The object is zoomed below.
So guys, let's see what you have. Surely you have something worth posting?
Any information members have on the alleged pre Kenneth Arnold photographs would be appreciated. I should admit in advance, that I am yet to look
into where these pictures came from. I expect/hope that some of you guys have.
edit on 10/8/11 by Pimander because: typo
on 10/8/11 by Pimander because: typooooooo!