My dad had been back from the war for some months (occupied Japan), going to school... He got a summer job with the Forest Service in a fire tower
(which to this day, he says is the best job he's ever had...)
The fire-tower, which is no longer there by the bye, was located on the north slopes of Mt. Adams with an incredible view of Mt. Rainier off the the
north. It's 50-55 miles away, roughly...
It was early morning, June 3rd, 1947 (check the date) when my dad spotted five "aircraft" flying across the slopes of Mt. Rainier. He guesstimated the
range at about 45 to fifty miles, height about 10,000 feet, and speed roughly 700 to 800 knots heading east to west.
My dad was, at the time, intimately familiar with the high performance American piston craft in service with the military at the time.
He worked on, in various capacities, P40's, P47's, P51's, P61's (blackwidow's), and P38's. He was a volunteer gunner on numerous occasions on both
B25's (Mitchells), and B24's (Liberators). As both an armourer and a mechanic. He knew these aircraft intimately. The jets were just coming into
service, and none were in the area.
He said it was the speed that caught his attention, and the fact that they were just too shiny.
It was two weeks later that Kenneth Arnold had his famous sighting in the same area...
Were these the same craft? If so, what does this imply? If anything... It's certainly interesting.
edit on 1/2/2014 by seagull because: (no