Date: Fri, 13 Feb 2015 16:51:54 -0600
From: fran ridge <franridge@nicap.org>
Subject: June 24, 1947; Prospector
To: MADAR



More detail on how the incident was reported:

......at hotel in downtown Portland prospector by the name of Fred Johnson rested his weary bones after spending weeks tramping around the nagged crags on the slopes of Oregon's Mt. Adams. He purchased a newspaper and took it up to his room so he could catch up on current events. One front page item snagged his eye instantly, an article about "flying saucers." He soon learned about the pilot named Kenneth Arnold that had reported spotting strange formation of "tailless jets" soarinq down the length of the Cascades from Mt. Rainier to Mt. Adams: Mt. Adams? Johnson thought hard, comparing the date, time, and location, with recent extraordinary experience of his own unequaled in his 30 years of gold hunting. According to the press this fellow Arnold was catching hell from critics. Everyone was finding it hard to believe the Boise pilot, but Johnson did, and for a very good reason. The prospector followed the tribulations of Arnold for awhile until he was moved to post a letter to the military. Authorities quickly had some men knocking on Johnson's hotel door.

Johnson told military investigators he had been working the Mt. Adams area on June 24th, the same day as the Kenneth Arnold saucer sighting. Poking around the rocks at the 5,000 foot level tnat afternoon he stopped to read his watch and noticed that the compass attached to the timepiece was twitching for some unexplained reason. Shortly thereafter a flash of light dazzled his eyes. He glanced upward. Approaching in the sky was an unusual object, using a small telescope he always carried, Johnson peered at the strange shape as it drew near out of the northwest. He then became aware of more such objects banking in the sun 1,000 feet above him near the peak of Mt. Adams. The objects moved silently and the appearance seemed to be: "...30 feet in diameter tapering sharply to a point in the head and in an oval shape, with a bright top surface." 196.

One of the UFOs looked different resembling: "...a big hand of clock (this may have been a cigar-shaped 'mother ship' shifting from side to side like a big magnet." He said he lost sight of the objects when, while banking on edge, they slipped into a cloud. 197.

West Coast Intelligence Headquarters at Hamilton Field, California, telegraphed Army Air Corps Headquarters in Washing ton to say: "...your attention is invited to the similarity of statements by Mr. Johnson and Mr. Arnold." 198.

Loren Gross, UFOs: A History 194, pgs 48-49