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Re: Once More The Term 'Flying Saucers'

From: Martin Shough <parcellular.nul>
Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2007 23:20:51 +0100
Archived: Sun, 07 Oct 2007 08:17:06 -0400
Subject: Re: Once More The Term 'Flying Saucers'

>From: David Rudiak <drudiak.nul>
>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>Date: Sat, 6 Oct 2007 14:01:01 -0700
>Subject: Re: Once More The Term 'Flying Saucers'

>>From: Greg Boone <evolbaby.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Fri, 5 Oct 2007 11:35:09 -0700
>>Subject: Re: Once More The Term 'Flying Saucers'

>>However I'm still unclear as to whether people reported such
>>disk-shaped craft, platters_before_Kenneth Arnold's report.

>Here's an example from a 1999 UFO Updates post. It was a WWI
>sighting from 1917. The object was compared to the military
>"mess plate", which resembled a pie pan. It was very large and
>appeared over multiple days. In the first sighting, it appeared
>directly over one of the new land tanks and was described as
>rising straight up in the air. Attempts were made to photograph
>it by a scientific team in successive days, but rumors were that
>the photos always came out black (radiation?).


>Later, "We were all questioned about what we had seen and the
>log books off the Remingtons and the Marconis were taken. They
>told us not to talk about this to anyone, but the Boche had a
>new super Zepplin and we were seeing the observation car hanging
>down from it. We all accepted this but years later, I came to
>doubt it. What we saw was BIG and it would've taken a very big
>Zepplin to carry it." [From "Boche and Balloons, My Experiences
>With The 302nd", Francis McHouney, published 53/04/01 by Smythe
>Books, London, England]

>Curiously, no record of these incidents appears in official unit
>records of the US Army Air Corp and the last surviving member
>[Walter "Smitty" Smith, 301st] of the 301st, 302nd, and 303rd,
>died on April 1, 1968 of cancer in the Pembrooke VA Hospital in
>North Carolina.

Hi David

Does this fulfill the condition of having been "reported...
before Kenneth Arnold's report"? I don't see that it does.

That aside there's an interesting echo here of the 1914
Aldburgh, Suffolk, UK, case of the "flying platform" (also only
reported in recent times) with its connections to a possible
German airship crash and speculation about Zeppelin observation
gondolas. This intriguing affair has been raised here before,
without much response. John Harney had some interestiong web
pages on the case.

Martin Shough

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