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Re: Kenneth Arnold's testimony

From: Don Ledger <dledger@istar.ca>
Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 19:50:59 +0100
Fwd Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 20:53:36 -0500
Subject: Re: Kenneth Arnold's testimony


> To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>
> From: Mark Cashman <mcashman@ix.netcom.com>
> Subject: re: UFO UpDate: Re: Kenneth Arnold's testimony
> Date: Tue, 18 Nov 1997 10:44:29 -0800

> >  Date: Mon, 17 Nov 1997 21:51:10 -0500
> >  From: bruce maccabee <brumac@compuserve.com>
> >  Subject: UFO UpDate: Re: Kenneth Arnold's testimony
> >  To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

> >  Now I hope you understand that it would be DIFFICULT for Arnold
> >  to mistake geese for high speed objects because as soon as he
> >  started flying parallel to their path he would realize he was
> >  catching up.   When Kottmeyer realized this he shut up.

> I'm glad you raised this, Bruce, because I did a semi-controlled
> experiment this weekend (talk about coincidence).

> I was driving on a north to south highway, and it turned out that
> there were some geese flying in approx. the same direction. They
> were at some distance, and as I drove along I quickly caught up
> with them and passed them (@65 mph).

> Also, they were at about 20 degrees elevation; they were clearly
> geese at all distances, even when at the limits of resolution.
> And, despite the fact that the sun was to my right and the geese
> were to my left, they never once emitted a specular reflection or
> looked like disk-shaped object.

Hi Mark and Bruce,

Nonetheless they do reflect light. I've seen it myself on a few
occassions, but only toward sunset with the geese flying below my
altitude and the sun two to three diameters above the horizon.
They were very pretty and that's it. In no way..I repeat...in no
way am I suggesting that geese [or other birds] were what Arnold
saw. In each case when I observed the geese reflecting it was
more like a change of wing colour [lovely golden hue] with an
apparent low degree of reflectivity and they were OBVIOUSLY
geese.

Again, I don't buy into the idea that geese were the objects that
Arnold saw. I sure he had seen, during his lenghty flying career,
many instances of where flights of geese or some other type of
bird reflected light. Like we all do he would have filed it away
in his memory and would have reviewed that as a possibilty when
he had his sighting. He did mention geese but obviously did not
relate that in any way to his sighting other than to note that
the objects strung out like geese in a roughly [geeselike]
formation.

Strange, the more we talk about Arnold's sighting the more it
intrigues me, even though it is one of the earliest of sightings.
I've already noted a few things that have been missed or
misinterpreted. Strange they weren't picked up before this.

Best,

Don Ledger


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