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Re: Kenneth Arnold's testimony

From: James Easton <pulsar@compuserve.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Nov 1997 16:37:01 -0500
Fwd Date: Tue, 25 Nov 1997 01:44:36 -0500
Subject: Re: Kenneth Arnold's testimony

As there's a number of debatable points in Arnold's testimonies,
for those interested in discussing them, perhaps we could go back
over the issues separately.

Firstly, can we agree a perspective on which to consider these
points.

In his radio interview, Arnold states:

"I was approximately 25 to 28 miles from Mt. Rainier, I climbed
back up to 9200 feet and I noticed to the left of me a chain
which looked to me like the tail of a Chinese kite, kind of
weaving and going at a terrific speed across the face of Mt.
Rainier. I, at first, thought they were geese because it flew
like geese, but it was going so fast that I immediately changed
my mind and decided it was a bunch of new jet planes in
formation".


So Arnold is 25-28 miles from Mt. Ranier and notices a chain of
objects, flying in echelon like geese, or pelicans <g>, and
they're travelling across the face of Mt. Ranier.

Can we assume the objects must therefore have been between
Arnold's plane and those 25-28 miles to the mountain?

However, in Bruce's "The Complete Sighting Report of Kenneth
Arnold...", he quotes from Arnold's letter to the Army Air Force
(L) and his later book "The Coming of the Saucers", privately
published in 1953 (B).

Arnold now states:

(L) "The sky and air was as clear as crystal. I hadn't flown more
than two or three minutes on my course when a bright flash light
reflected on my airplane. It startled me as I thought I was too
close to some other aircraft.

(B) "I spent the next twenty to thirty seconds urgently searching
the sky all around - to the sides and above and below me - in an
attempt to determine where the flash of light had come from.

[...]

Before I had time to collect my thoughts or to find a close
aircraft, the flash happened again. This time I caught the
direction from which it had come. I observed, far to my left and
to the north, a formation of very bright objects coming from the
vicinity of Mt. Baker, flying very close to the mountain tops and
travelling at tremendous speed.

(L) I observed a chain of nine peculiar looking aircraft flying
from north to south at approximately 9,500 ft elevation and
going, seemingly, in a definite direction of about 170 degrees.

(B) "At first I couldn't make out their shapes as they were still
at a distance of over a hundred miles".

[End]


Is this apparent contradiction in the distance explainable?

Could a flash have reflected off Arnold's plane from an object
over 100 miles away?



James.
E-mail: pulsar@compuserve.com


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