Accession Number : ADA800318
Title : Unidentified Aerial and Celestial Objects. Appendix B
Descriptive Note : Final rept.
Corporate Author : OHIO STATE UNIV RESEARCH FOUNDATION COLUMBUS MAPPING AND CHARTING RESEARCH LAB
Personal Author(s) : Hynek, J A
Report Date : 30 Apr 1949
Pagination or Media Count : 277
Abstract : Perhaps the most bizarre post-war phenomenon was the sudden barrage of reports, in the summer of 1947, describing unidentified objects in the sky. The incident which evidently triggered the volley was the now-famous account by Kenneth Arnold, in which he claimed to have seen nine peculiar-looking aircraft without tails, which flew in a chain-like line and swerved in and out of the high mountain peaks. The handling of this incident by the press led to the unfortunate but descriptive term flying saucer, which caught the public imagination. From that time on, there has been a fairly steady stream of similar reports, including some of flying saucers seen prior to the Arnold incident, which presumably otherwise would have gone unreported. It is pertinent, therefore, to speculate whether any of the incidents would have been report if Mr. Arnold had not made his observation. Possibly, of course, we deal here with an excellent example of mass hysteria. In the interests of the defense of the country, however, it would be highly inadvisable to ignore the accounts, even though the chance be remote that they contain anything inimical to the nation's welfare. To this end, the present investigator, as an astronomer, was asked to review the data, to eliminate the patently astronomical incidents and to indicate which others might have such an explanation.
Descriptors : *UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS , AIRBORNE , FLIGHT , OBSERVATION , POSTWAR OPERATIONS
Subject Categories : Astronomy
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE