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Re: Kenneth Arnold's Saucer-like Descriptions

From: Bruce Maccabee <brumac@compuserve.com>
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 1999 19:15:55 -0500
Fwd Date: Thu, 01 Apr 1999 16:31:29 -0500
Subject: Re: Kenneth Arnold's Saucer-like Descriptions


>Date: Sat, 27 Mar 1999 23:13:18 -0500
>From: James Easton <pulsar@compuserve.com>
>Subject: Re: Kenneth Arnold's Saucer-like Descriptions
>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

>Regarding:

>>Date: Fri, 26 Mar 1999 23:26:34 -0500
>>From: Peter Brookesmith Mendoza <DarkSecretPB@compuserve.com>
>>Subject: Re: Kenneth Arnold's Saucer-like Descriptions
>>To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <updates@globalserve.net>

<snip>

(From Arnold Quote in his book:)

>line, as if they were linked together. As I put it to newsmen in
>Pendleton, Oregon, they flew like a saucer would if you skipped
>it across the water".

(Easton wrote)

>Which seems to be Arnold's acknowledgement that he did indeed
>attribute this exact characteristic to the objects.

>'Saucer -shaped', alas, they were not.

>Perhaps, as I'm sure you may concur, the most obvious question
>is; realising that Arnold's pivotal 'UFO' sighting was in fact
>of objects which "looked something like a pie plate that was
>cut in half with a sort of a convex triangle in the rear", and
>these were indeed the genesis of what came to be called
>'flying saucers'.. can anyone point us in the direction of a
>comparative observation to what Kenneth Arnold actually
>described?

Yes.... sort of. Oddly enough a sort of confirmation comes from
the famous Trent photo, #1, which shows a (nearly) elliptical
image. Careful examination of the left side of the (nearly)
elliptical image (need a good blowup) shows that the smoothly
curved elliptical shape which one would expect for a perfectly
circular craft viewed obliquely, is "broken" by 2 short
apparently straight segments that meet forming a dull "point"
just to the right and above (in the picture) the leftmost
portion of the edge of the image. The two (nearly) straight
segments take up roughly 15% of the total circumference
(perimeter) of the "elliptical" image.

I should point out that photo 2 shows that there is a
dissimilarity in the shape of the "superstructure" (flat-topped
"dome") at the left side as compared to the right side. This
dissimilarity is probably correlated with the slightly different
shapes at the right (elliptical) and left (not elliptical)
sides.


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