Guest: Bruce Maccabee
Image of Kenneth Arnold's flight:
Book: Three Minutes in June
The UFO Sighting That Changed the World
70th Anniversary of Kenneth Arnold's anthological UFO sighting
On June 24, 1947, Kenneth Arnold, an experienced private pilot, saw nine unusual objects flying at an extraordinary speed near Mt. Rainier in Washington. The incident was the origin of the phrase flying saucers, and started a worldwide fascination with UFOs.
Over the years, skeptics have offered no less than 14 prosaic explanations for what Arnold saw. Now, world-renowned UFO researcher and optical physicist Bruce Maccabee provides the most complete analysis ever attempted on this case.
Not only is his telling of the story the most detailed ever given, but he meticulously breaks down each of the conventional explanations. One by one, they fall apart upon careful scrutiny.
Three Minutes in June was written by Dr. Bruce Maccabee, one of the most respected voices in the field of UFO research. Bruce's Ph.D. is in physics and he was employed for years at the Naval Surface Warfare Center. He has researched UFOs since the 1960s, having analyzed countless sighting reports.
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Update: On 51:18 minute we are discussing did Kenneth Arnold try to contact ATC to report the sighting over radio. Kenneth didn't use radio as Bruce said in the episode. However, he sent me this short correction after the interview to make the issue even more clear: "Arnold said he did have a small radio on his plane for contacting the control tower when he was close to landing. However, it was not powerful enough to reach the major landing fields in Seattle and vicinity so he did not tell anyone until after he landed."