First Major UFO Sighting

Left, Kenneth Arnold standing by his plane, holding a camera.

On June 24, 1947 Kenneth Arnold, a private pilot, was flying over the Cascade Mountains searching for the wreckage of a lost C-46 airplane for which a $5,000 reward had been offered.

He never saw the C-46, but what he did see put his name in newspapers all over the world. As he was coming out of a turn over Mineral, Washington he saw nine disc-shaped objects flying with a speed he estimated to be 1,700 miles per hour.


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