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Re: The Arnold Case - Solved?

From: Don Ledger <dledger.nul>
Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2007 14:27:07 -0400
Archived: Fri, 07 Dec 2007 23:37:44 -0500
Subject: Re: The Arnold Case - Solved?

>From: John Rimmer <j.rimmer.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Fri, 07 Dec 2007 00:44:59 +0000
>Subject: The Arnold Case - Solved?

>Any comments on this? It does come from a pilot, and so,
>according to Don Ledger, speaks with extra authority!



The Arnold Case - _not_ Solved!

John is baiting me of course. There was one [1] B-47 that flew
in 1947 and that was one of two prototypes [XB-47 Model 450 3-3]
being developed. It flew about 6 months after the Arnold
sighting on its maiden flight on December 17, 1947. By the time
the  B-47E-II Stratojet was up and running it could make a top
speed of 604 mph. Mildly interesting but not an impressive speed
even for Arnold in 1947 but not applicable in any event because
it hadn't yet flown in June of 1947. It was not built to fly
around mountain tops either but a high altitude bomber with a
thin, highly flexible wing [as much as 5 feet at the tips during
a complete cycle] that didn't lend itself to the dangerous winds
around moutainous areas.

Arnold wasn't flying a pursuit aircraft, he was flying a CallAir
A-2 that was basically a non-electric [no electric instruments
or radios or navigation aids] steel truss and fabric [ragwing]
airplane with a cruise speed of 100 mph. It was originally
designed by a farmer who wanted an airplane that he could fly
out of a rough field. It was low-wing and had reversed wing
struts meaning they were attached high up on the fuselage and
were fixed to the top of the wing.

Arnold was 32 years old when he had his sighting and had been
selling Fire Supression Control Equipment since he started his
company in 1940. He was not in the USAAF.

Like many since then who had have had anomoalous sightings,
Arnold figured he had witnessed some secret military aircraft on
that day in 1947. Of course we now know that not to be true.

I don't see it stated that Blacksheep Cunning Artificer is a
pilot-artificer suggests ground crew. Nor do I know anything
about his/her observational abilities but his choice of reading
material leaves a lot to be desired.

Hope that helps you John. I know you were sweating this one
thinking the Arnold case was going to be so simply solved. Not
even close.

Don Ledger

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