On June 24, 1947 civilian pilot Kenneth Arnold reported seeing a formation of strange craft over the Cascade Mountains. Not only did he see nine craft of a strange design unlike any conventional aircraft he was able to calculate an estimate of their incredible velocity by timing them as they flew between specific mountains. He reported the sighting, which was picked up by national news services and soon entire country was buzzing about “flying saucers,” a popular term that derived from a misquote of Arnold’s description of the craft. Today Arnold’s sighting, which slightly pre-dates the Roswell Incident, is used by many to mark the beginning of the modern UFO era. Arnold was also involved in the original investigation of the Maury Island Incident which also took place in June of 1947.
Kenneth Arnold: The Man