Showing posts with label Project Blue Book. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Project Blue Book. Show all posts

Friday, April 9, 2010

UFO photographs - New York City, New York, March 20, 1950

These photographs of was taken in New York City, New York and a cylindrical shaped UFO hovering over the city. It was taken on March 20, 1950 by an unknown photographer. These photographs were investigated both by Project Grudge and Project Blue Book. Project Grudge’s, little incredible, conclusion was that it was the moon.

Monday, April 5, 2010

UFO photographs - Salem, Massachusetts, July 16, 1952

This photograph was taken by Shell Apert, a USCG seaman, on July 16, 1952 when he saw four bright lights in formation over Salem, Massachusetts. When he first saw the objects he called another Guardsman to see the lights, but in those few seconds the lights had become dimmer. When they brightened again, he quickly took a single photograph through the window of the office. This photograph was investigated by Project Blue Book and was considered “unexplained”.

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Saturday, March 6, 2010

The man who started it all – Kenneth Arnold

Kenneth Arnold was just like any average man. Born in March of 1915 in Sebeka, Minnesota, cleared school and in 1940 he started a job that one day would make him famous. His job included flying around the Pacific Northwest and selling fire suppression systems. Arnold was regarded as a skilled and experienced pilot, with over 9,000 total flying hours.

On June 24, 1947, Kenneth was on a business trip from Chehalis, Washington to Yakima, Washington. Before getting into the plane, he learned about a $5,000 reward for the discovery of a U.S. Marine Corps C-46 transport airplane that had crashed near Mount Rainer. In the air, he scanned the mountainsides below, but wasn’t able to see any traces of the downed airplane.

Suddenly something begun to flash through the windshield of his airplane. Soon, he was able to see were the flashes originated from. Some distance in front of him, nine silvery and shiny crescent shaped objects flew close to Mount Rainer. Kenneth was stunned by what he and he had never seen anything like this during his flight career. He estimated that the objects altitude was somewhere between 9,500 and 10,000 feet. By using his clock, he was able to estimate the speed to around 1,200 mph, an unbelievable high at that time.

After having landed in Washington, he told his story to a reporter that the objects moved "like a saucer would if you skipped it across the water." Although this wasn’t the actual shape of the objects, more how they moved, Bill Bequette's report on the AP news wire used the term "flying saucer" to describe the objects' shape, and the phrase “flying saucer was coined”. The military begun to show interest for his sigthing, after have tried to avoid it. He was interviewed about his sighting and the results would earn a place in Project Blue Book.

After Arnold’s sighting, USA went through a UFO frenzy and over 800 reports of UFO were to be made by the of July, 1947. Although there had already been several cases before Arnold’s, this was the one that started the modern UFO era, and will always earn its place in the history books.