The only book about Flying Saucers based entirely on official Air Force records. (This work was originally (c) 1956 by Edward J. Ruppelt and is now in the public domain because the copyright was not renewed.)
ing can never be positively identified. It might have been a hallucination or it might have been some vehicle from outer space; no one will ever know. It was a UFO.
The UFO story started soon after June 24, 1947, when newspapers all over the United States carried the first flying saucer report. The story told how nine very bright, disk-shaped objects were seen by Kenneth Arnold, a Boise, Idaho, businessman, while he was flying his private plane near Mount Rainier, in the state of Washington. With journalistic license, reporters converted Arnold's description of the individual motion of each of the objects--like "a saucer skipping across water"--into "flying saucer," a name for the objects themselves. In the eight years that have passed since Arnold's memorable sighting, the term has become so common that it is now in Webster's Dictionary and is known today in most languages in the world.
For a while after the Arnold sighting the term "flying saucer" was used to describe all disk-shaped objects that were
This book is fascinating for a couple of reasons
1. It gives a historical account of how people reacted to some of the big "UFO events" in the 40's and 50's. That alone made for some really good reading.
2. Ruppelt gives the reader a good 'feel' for how the military felt about UFO's. It was quite interesting to read how the military went from "convinced" to the UFO being extra-terrestrial to being convinced it was natural phenomena or people's imagination.
I am neither a believer nor skeptic of UFOs being extra-terrestrial... I just don't know. What I will say is that the book doesn't attempt to sway you one way or the other.