World UFO Day
June 24th and July 2nd
World UFO Day is celebrated on June 24th and on July 2nd. Gather up friends and family and watch the skies for unidentified flying objects.
Why the Two Dates?
Some people celebrate World UFO Day on June 24th because this is the date that aviator Kenneth Arnold reported an unidentified flying object which became the most known first public reported sighting in the United States.
June 24th – The Kenneth Arnold Sighting
The Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting occurred on June 24, 1947, when private pilot Kenneth Arnold claimed that he saw a string of nine, shiny unidentified flying objects flying past Mount Rainier at speeds that Arnold estimated at a minimum of 1,200 miles an hour. Arnold was flying from Chehalis, Washington, to Yakima, Washington, in a CallAir A-2 on a business trip when he reported this.
This was the first post-World War II sighting in the United States that garnered nationwide news coverage and is credited with being the first of the modern era of UFO sightings, including numerous reported sightings over the next two to three weeks. Arnold’s description of the objects also led to the press quickly coining the terms flying saucer and flying disc as popular descriptive terms for UFOs.
He reported several cortex shaped lights that glided like “saucers skipping over the water.” Thus the name flying saucers was born. They flew in a line with a diagonal order, such as how a kite tail flies from side to side. When they were on the side of him they were so flat to almost be invisible
When he landed he quickly reported his sighting and wrote abut his experience in notes he took at the time. He told told a friend, the airport general manager Al Baxter and some of the airport staff and later wrote that Baxter didn’t believe him.
The next day reporters got a hold of the story and Arnold’s life quickly changed, as some believed hi and considered him a reliable witness while others made hi out to be a crackpot. He said, “I haven’t had a moment of peace since I first told the story.”
On an interesting note, Arnold’s sighting was partly corroborated by a prospector named Fred Johnson on Mt. Adams, who wrote AAF intelligence that he saw six of the objects on June 24 at about the same time as Arnold, which he viewed through a small telescope. Ironically the Air Force wrote a report on the “credible witness” Johnson’s sighting yet dismissed Arnolds for some reason. Thus the beginning of the cover up of UFOs.
There were other witnesses too. Several people reported seeing lights in in areas close to Arnold’s sighting. About 60 miles west-northwest of Richland in Yakima, Washington, a woman named Ethel Wheelhouse likewise reported sighting several flying discs moving at fantastic speeds at around the same time as Arnold’s sighting. She actually got pictures.
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July 2nd – The Roswell Crash
Some people celebrate World UFO Day on July 2nd because July 2nd was the date of the Roswell UFO crash in the 1947.
On July 2nd in 1947, (some dispute this date) a rancher named W.W. “Mac” Brazel found wreckage on his property in Lincoln County, New Mexico, which is about 75 miles north of Roswell. He brought some of this mysterious aluminum-like material to Sheriff George Wilcox of Roswell, who then brought it to the attention of Colonel William Blanchard, the commanding officer of the Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF).
Witnesses said they saw the “flying saucer and bodies” being removed from the sight.
On July 8, 1947, Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) issued a press release stating that they had recovered a “flying disc” from a ranch near Roswell. In the initial report they said “The many rumors regarding the flying disc became a reality yesterday when the intelligence office of the 509th Bomb Group of the Eighth Air Force, Roswell Army Air Field, was fortunate enough to gain possession of a disc through the cooperation of one of the local ranchers and the sheriff’s office of Chaves County.” Major Jesse Marcel, an intelligence officer, oversaw the RAAF’s investigation of the crash site and the recovered materials.”
Of course quickly after that press release the Army quickly retracted the statement and said instead that the crashed object was a conventional weather balloon.
Later in the 1970s, a retired lieutenant colonel, in an interview with a UFO researcher, said that the weather balloon account had been a cover-story.
Jesse Marcel Jr, the son of the first air force intelligence officers to investigate the Roswell crash, said he handled debris from the 1947 crash. He was ten at the time. Marcel said his father brought home some of the debris and woke him up in the middle of the night to look at it, telling him it was something he would never see again and claiming it was “not from this world.”
In the picture to the right, Fort Worth Army Air Field, Major Jesse A. Marcel (looking left) of Houma, LA – holding foil debris from Roswell, New Mexico, UFO incident, 07/08/1947
The story kept on changing and In 1994, the United States Air Force published a report identifying the crashed object as a nuclear test surveillance balloon from Project Mogul. A second Air Force report, published in 1997, concluded that stories of “aliens bodies” probably stemmed from test dummies’ being dropped from high altitude.
Roswell UFO Museum
In the early 1990s, Walter Haut, who had been public information officer at Roswell Army Air Field in 1947, thought that we needed ahome for information on the Roswell Incident and other UFO sightings and phenomena. He and Glenn Dennis, another Roswell Incident participant, found a place to put up a UFO Museum.
The International UFO Museum & Research Center, is incorporated as a 501c3 non-profit educational organization. It opened in 1992.
The Museum provides information to the general public on all aspects of the UFO phenomena. Museum exhibits include information on the Roswell Incident, Area 51, crop circles, UFO sightings, ancient astronauts and abductions.
Visit the Roswell UFO Museum Website here.
Whichever day you celebrate, we want to encourage people to learn more about UFOlogy and to push the government to declassify UFO information.