Rich McDonald—the head of Research & Development for OSAP— and I had a debate the other day over the first time the term ‘saucer’ was first used to describe a UFO. He quoted the pilot Kenneth Arnold case on June 24, 1947. He described nine objects as ‘saucer-shaped’ while flying near Mount Rainier. He described their flight as “saucers skipping on water.” The newspapers added the word ‘flying, ’ and that began the era of Flying Saucers.
I pointed out an earlier report from 1878. The sighting took place on January 22, 1878, just north of Dallas, Texas. I found a copy of the article that was a reprint in the Denison Daily News on January 25, 1878. I showed the report to Rich on my PADD.
A Strange Phenomenon
From Mr. John Martin, a farmer who lives some six miles north of this city, we learn the following strange story: Tuesday morning, while out hunting, his attention was directed to a dark object high up in the southern sky. The peculiar shape and velocity with which the object seemed to approach riveted his attention, and he strained his eyes to discover its character.
When first noticed, it appeared to be about the size of an orange, which continued to grow in size. After gazing at it for some time Mr. Martin became blind from long looking and left off viewing it for a time in order to rest his eyes. On resuming his view, the object was almost overhead and had increased considerably in size, and appeared to be going through space at wonderful speed.
When directly over him it was about the size of a large saucer and was evidently at great height. Mr. Martin thought it resembled, as well as he could judge, a balloon. It went as rapidly as it had come and was soon lost to sight in the heavenly skies. Mr. Martin is a gentleman of undoubted veracity and this strange occurrence, if it was not a balloon, deserves the attention of our scientists.
What shocked Rich was the sketch of the craft. It looked just like two photos taken years and miles apart. The first photo is from the McMinnville, Oregon sighting from May 11, 1950. The second is from Rouen, France sighting from March 5, 1954. Three identical crafts from two different centuries.
It makes you think.