1947: Year of the Alien Wave
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1947 is known as the
year of the first "wave"
of modern flying saucer sightings. A study of U.S.
newspapers that year documents over 832 sightings in the United States
just in the thirty days between June 15, 1947 and July 15, 1947. For
year there were over 1,500 reports. Included on this website is a CIA
tracking saucer sightings in 1947. This report was secret and withheld
public for decades
The Kenneth Arnold Case
This is the first key
flying saucer case of modern times.
As you can see from my sections, ‘Ancient Alien Sightings’ and ‘Aliens
Ancient Art’, reports of flying objects are certainly not unique to our
century. However, this is the case that caught the attention of the
re-informed the contemporary world that flying saucers existed.
Kenneth Arnold was a
private pilot and a businessman. He
was also a member of the Idaho Search and Rescue Mercy Flyers and a
Deputy Marshall. On June 24, 1947 Arnold
in a search mission to find a Marine Curtis C-46 transport plane that
believed to have crashed in the Cascade
While flying at about 9,000 feet
at 2:00 p.m.,
silver disks moving in formation directly across his flight path. He
them to be about twenty-five miles away. Since they were unusual, to
decided to time them to estimate their speed. He checked his watch as
and again when they passed Mt. Adams. It
took them 1
minute and 42 seconds. After landing and checking the distance between
realized the disks had been traveling over 1,700 miles per hour! This
the speed of sound, and the world airspeed record in 1947 was only
miles per hour!
Pilot Kenneth Arnold, photo taken in 1947
"They Flew Like a
Not only Arnold, but
people flying in a nearby Douglas
DC-4 also saw the flying disks. In addition, disks were seen by
people on the ground. The disks made no sound. They were completely
an interview with The East Oregonian newspaper, Arnold said:
"They flew like a saucer
would if you skipped it across the water."
When the Associated
Press picked up the story, they
called the disks "saucer-like objects." From this, the term ‘Flying
Saucer’ was officially made an integral part of the human language. Be
check out the CIA’s official report on the Kenneth Arnold sighting in
‘Alien Documents’ section.
Headline from 1947 reporting sightings and landings of
Richard Rankin saw a
triangular formation of ten disks
over Bakersfield, California
while flying from Chicago
Angeles. He estimated their speed at
miles per hour.
Residents in Spokane,
saw eight disks flying
at an estimated speed of six hundred miles per hour at 11:00 a.m.
Early UFO photo from the midwest
A salesman driving
saw six disks flying in formation at an "incredible rate of speed."
Three disks were seen
They were wobbling as they zipped across the sky. This is the same day
Arnold saw his disks. He also noted that the disks were "wobbling."
A woman sees disks
"wobbling from side to
side," fly past the Cascade Mountains
phenomenal speed while in formation. She was quoted as saying, "They
looked like silver plates."
Two pilots from
Maxwell Air Base in Alabama, see a
bright light traveling at
high speed make a 90-degree turn and disappear. Six other witnesses,
two intelligence officers, see the same thing.
A farmer in Wisconsin
by the name of Beuscher sees several silent disks zoom over his farm.
same time, reports of flying disks overhead come in from across the
state of Illinois.
The driver of the Des Moines-Mason
bus in Iowa
sees five disks streak across the sky.
Shortly after that sighting, he counts thirteen more coming from the
Scientists at White
Sands Proving Grounds in New Mexico
"silvery disks" flying across restricted airspace at speeds greater
than sound. In 1947 White Sands was the only nuclear air base in the
appearance of these saucers over this facility generated a flurry of
activity and concern. See copies of top-secret memos concerning this in
‘Alien Documents’ section.
Headline from U.S. press during 1947 UFO "wave".
June 30, 1947
Near Williams field in
a U.S. Navy pilot sees two disks appear to land about twenty miles
south of the
The pilot described them as
having "inconceivable speed."
police officers see "five
shiny chromium hub caps" disappear and reappear while flying by. The
caps "wobbled from side to side" as they flew. The disks were seen by
officer K. McDowell along with two other officers and a pilot.
Note: Wobbling from
side to side was a commonly observed
characteristic of flying saucers in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
the aliens apparently have re-engineered their craft to reduce this.
fly straight, with less wobble, and they are frequently tilted
July 4, 1947
Let the fireworks begin! Campers at Twin Falls, Smoke River Canyon in Idaho
see more than thirty disks traveling at a high rate of speed.
United Airlines crew,
pilot E. J. Smith, copilot Ralph
Stevens and stewardess Martie Morrow see nine disks while flying over Idaho.
The disks put on
a fantastic display. They perform acrobatics, merge together, then
again. They also disappear and reappear.
On July 4, 1947, that
day alone, there were eighty-eight
major disk sightings reported by over four hundred people across
states. It is estimated at least ten million people saw flying saucers
July 4, 1947
The crash at Roswell
happens. Shortly before midnight in an explosive thunderstorm, the
flying saucer crash at Roswell, New
Mexico occurred. It is also
known as "The Crash at Corona"
Corona, New Mexico
is about forty miles closer to the crash site than Roswell.
However, the crash debris was taken
to Roswell Air Base, hence the name "Roswell."
See my ’Roswell’
section for the full story.
Article (1947) discussing the fact that military experts have no idea what the flying saucers are, or where they came from.
April 20, 1947
Citizens in Col de
Serres, France report seeing disks
flying over the valley.
May 21, 1947
cigar-shaped objects are seen in Sweden.
June 10, 1947
objects are seen in Finland.
July 7, 1947
people see disks fly over the coast and out to sea.
Citizens in Naples,
slow-moving, shiny disk overhead.
Astronomers at Del
Satto Observatory in Chile
disks. Estimated speed: 3,000 miles per hour!
also report seeing high-speed disks on this day.
July 18, 1947
Two objects are seen diving into Lake Mjosa.
July 19, 1947
Several witnesses see
an object dive into Lake Kolmjorv, Sweden.
July 23, 1947
Workers near Pitanga,
the landing of a craft. Three 6
-foot tall beings get
out wearing transparent suits
emerge from the craft.
August 11, 1947
over four hundred people see fast-moving disks fly overhead.
August 14, 1947
A citizen, R. L. Johannis, comes across two small beings with large
September 1, 1947
British army units see "mystery projectiles." (Don't you just love
the British? They don't see disks or saucers, they see
October 9, 1947
Las Vegas, Nevada. Air
Force pilots flying
spot a disk traveling at one thousand miles per hour. It does a
at that speed. Any earthly airplane trying that maneuver would have
Key Events In 1947
- There was a huge number of flying saucer sightings.
- The sightings were worldwide.
- They were witnessed by millions of people.
- Almost all the sightings were in broad daylight.
- The famous 'Roswell' crash did not happen out of the blue, it was just one of thousands of fly-overs.
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