We Are Not Alone.

On June 24th, 1947 while searching for the remains of a downed

Marine C-46 transport, lost somewhere in the Mount Ranier area, a young

Idahoan businessman named Kenneth Arnold spotted something that would

change his life forever. Just north of his position flying at an altitude of

9,500 feet and an unprecedented airspeed of 1,700 mph he spotted nine

circular aircraft flying in formation. According to his estimate the aircraft

were approximately the size of a DC-4 airliner ( Jackson 4).

This account was the first sighting to ever receive a great deal of media

attention. This sighting gave birth to the phrase "flying Saucer" coined by a

reporter named Bill Begrette. Although not the first UFO sighting in history,

Kenneth Arnolds account is considered to be the first documented UFO


The following day Mr. Arnold discovered that in addition to his

sighting there were several others in the Mount Ranier area that same day

(Jackson 6).

When most of think of UFO sightings we picture an unemployed, half-

crazed, alcoholic hick living in a trailer park in the middle small town USA.

Often times this description, although a little exaggerated, seems to fit

well. In the past when the average person spotted a UFO they were quickly

discounted as a kook or con-artist in search of either attention or monetary

reward. It wasn\'t until more reputable figures in our society began to come

forward that we that we started looking at this issue a little more seriously.

An article written 1957, entitled " Strange lights over Grenada" written by

Aime\' Michel describes just such an account:

At 10:35 p.m. on September the 4th, 1957 Cpt Ferreira ordered his

wing to abandon a planned exercise and execute a 50 degree turn to

port. Ferreira was attempting to get a closer look at what he

described as brilliant, pulsating light hanging low over the horizon.

When the turn was completed he noticed that the object had turned

too. It was still directly over his left. There was absolutely no doubt

that the orange light was shadowing the F-84s. For another 10

minutes, it followed the jets without changing direction or

appearance. The pilots watched as four small yellow discs broke away

from the large red object and took up a formation on either side of it.

All at once the large luminous disc shot vertically upward while the

smaller discs shot straight towards the F-84s. In an instant the flat

disc sped overhead in a hazy blur and vanished. When Cpt Ferriera

was questioned by Portuguese Air Force Investigators he was quoted

as saying: "Please don\'t come out with the old explanation that we

were being chased by the planet Venus, weather balloons, or freak

atmospheric conditions. What we saw up there was real and

intelligently controlled. And it scared the hell out of us. (32)

This is only one of literally hundreds of pilot accounts that have been

documented and cross verified by other sources. To date the Portuguese

Government has taken no official position as to what the luminous discs


The United States has had more than it\'s fair share of unexplained aerial

objects. In February of 1960 the N.A.A.D.S. (North American Air Defense

System) spotted a satellite of unknown origin orbiting the Earth. They knew

that it wasn\'t a Soviet satellite because it was orbiting perpendicular to

trajectory produced by a Soviet launch. It also had a mass estimated at 15

metric tons, no evidence of booster rockets and traveled at speed three times

faster than any known satellite. The satellite orbited for two weeks and

disappeared without a trace. Before its disappearance, the object which

appeared to give off a red glow, was photographed over New York several

times (Jackson 19).

Lights in the sky aren\'t the only evidence that suggests we may have

cosmic company. In the book "A History of UFO Crashes", the author Kevin

D. Randal gives detailed accounts of numerous UFO crashes in history.

Perhaps the most famous of these crashes occurred on July 4th, 1947 in

Roswell New Mexico. The crash at Roswell was witnessed from

afar by over a hundred people. Until just recently, no one who was involved

in the recovery operation was talking,