Summary: There have been UFO sightings ever since man roamed the Earth. There exist many paintings of centuries past that depict unusual flying objects in the sky. Folklore of many early peoples are filled with stories of strange objects flying through the skies. However, most Ufologists credit pilot Kenneth Arnold's UFO sighting of 1947 as the beginning of the modern UFO age.
Search for Missing Plane: On June 24, 1947, businessman Arnold was using his plane to help search for a missing aircraft. He was flying over the
No Tails on Object:
"I Must Believe My Eyes.": The stunned pilot was seeing something that he had never seen before in his many years of flying. He estimated the objects' altitude as between 9,500 and 10,000 feet. He began to clock their flight from
"It seemed impossible," he said, "but there it is... I must believe my eyes."
The Term, "Flying Saucer": Although the term saucer was used in a 1930 UFO report in
Military Takes Action: As was the custom of the day, the
Arnold Called for Interview: Chief of the Army Air Force Air Intelligence Requirements Division, General Schulgen would head the group. Under pressure to give the public some reassurance, the decision was made to hear from "qualified" reporters of UFO sightings. In a couple of days,
Place in History: Although there had already occurred several excellent UFO cases before the