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Re: June 24 1947 - Arnold's Sighting - Kaeser

From: Steve Kaeser <steve@konsulting.com>
Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 17:57:30 -0400
Fwd Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 18:58:12 -0400
Subject: Re: June 24 1947 - Arnold's Sighting - Kaeser


 >From: Loren Coleman <lcolema1@maine.rr.com>
 >To: UFO UpDates - Toronto <ufoupdates@virtuallystrange.net>
 >Date: Mon, 24 Jun 2002 08:15:15 -0400
 >Subject: June 24 1947 - Arnold's Sighting

<snip>

 >According to [UFO activist Peter] Gersten, Arnold's original
 >account refers to nine 'bright objects' without 'tails' that
 >fluttered and tipped their 'wings.' Arnold's illustration of one
 >of the craft even indicates that it was crescent-shaped. 'The
 >clincher,' says Gersten, 'is a photograph taken in the late
 >Forties showing nine of these flying wings on a runway in
 >California.

 >Arnold himself thought he saw something the government was
 >testing. That was everybody's first thought.'"

Hi Loren,

Aviation author, Don Berliner (currently Chairman of the Fund
for UFO Research) checked his records and indicates the planes
shown in that famous photograph never actually flew.

Don found that only one of the big ones (USAAF #42-13603) had
flown by 6/24/47, the date of Arnold's sighting.  He also found
that the nine photographed on the flight line were broken up
prior to completion, as funding had run out.

"There were three photographed in formation, but they were all
piston-engined B-35s and had to strain to reach 400 mph.  They
were then converted into jet B-49s, the first of those flying on
10/21/47.  They were good for 500 mph, not 1,700 mph."

Records are certainly available to review the history of the
Flying Wing, and I think it's highly unlikely that they were the
cause of Arnold's sighting.

Steve




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