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Livre Entier Anglais LoeddingBook

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Once on the scene the more experienced Brown and Davidson saw the story as an obvious hoax,
but because the officers held such a high degree of respect for both Arnold and Smith, they did not
indicate to them their feelings and subsequently allowed themselves to be talked into taking some of
the alleged fragments back for study.
Flying back to Hamilton Field to take part in the Air Force Day ceremonies, an engine caught
fire and the wing came off of their B-25 near Kelso, Washington, killing both Brown and Davidson.
The fragments were recovered from the wreckage, and after careful analysis proved to be simple slag
from a local Tacoma steel mill. The military threatened to prosecute Dahl and Chrisman but never
carried through with it. But because they hesitated to disclose the case as a hoax while considering

prosecution, many thought the sighting to represent a true event.
The press made a lot out of it at the time and for some reason even erroneously stated that the Air
Force had ceased disc investigations altogether. When the real story came out months later, buried
on the back pages, people missed the explanation. As a result, some still naively detail the Maury
Island Incident, alluding that it may not have been a hoax. 64
Because of that mistaken perception, so pervasive at the time, the first step had been taken
which, over the years, would make the military more and more defensive in regard to the media.
Even Arnold, held in high regard by early investigators, is treated only with ridicule following the
whole tragic event. Afterward, when an article came out critical of the Arnold sighting, TID clerks
automatically added it to his file. Intelligence officers around the country felt they had learned a
valuable lesson from the incident—caution.

4 August

Every researcher has their own favorite cases for certain periods. The following sighting from
Alaska is a particularly attractive story for two reasons. First, this incident received detailed
documentation in the military files which usually was not the case with a sighting in such a distant
location. Secondly, the incident is typical of a lot of air-to-air sightings of the early days, not only in
the manner in which it occurred, but the description of the object seen. In fact, when compared to the
United Airlines Flight 105 Case of July 4th, the similarities are striking. Also comparable is the time
of day in which both sightings took place. Surprisingly, this account is seldom mentioned in the
popular literature.

The incident began northwest of Bethel, Alaska, when DC-3 Captain Jack Peck and copilot
Vince Daly of Al Jones Flying Service were on a

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routine cargo run. At dusk they suddenly sighted a black saucer-shaped object cross their flight path.
It had come in at a right angle to their aircraft and Peck instinctively made a precautionary climb
from 1,000 to 1,200 feet to avoid any chance of collision. He then swung in behind the disc and
chased the peculiar looking craft as it became silhouetted against a brilliant evening sky. Peck
pursued at 170 miles per hour until losing sight of it four minutes later.
During the incident they noted that the disc had a smooth streamlined surface with no visible
means of propulsion. The speed of the object was subsequently computed at 510 miles per hour,
based on the assumption that the UFO traveled 34 miles in four minutes while the DC-3 moved
eleven miles in the same period. If correct, this would also infer that the craft was more than twenty
miles distant when last seen. To be able to see an object at that distance, it would indicate a diameter
of at least 50 feet and suggests a length of about 500 feet.
Aside from such startling figures, the Bethel Alaska Case drew attention within Intelligence
among men like Loedding because of the quality of observers. The airline also considered Captain
Peck as a man with an "excellent reputation." A letter in the Air Force files speaks to his character,
stating "no one here doubts in the least but that he actually saw this object." 65

6 August

By the fall of 1947 the FBI had become very active in UFO investigations. The following FBI

memorandum was drafted by the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, field office and addressed to FBI
Director J. Edgar Hover. It demonstrates that although Intelligence in Dayton would soon begin a
twenty-two year investigations into UFOs, other organizations like the FBI did substantial work as
well in these early years.

This memo did make it into Intelligence files at Wright Field but not all of the FBI paperwork
seems to have been shared with them. Correspondence from August even indicates Loedding urging
the T-2 Analysis Division (which he was working for on the disc sighting) to give direction to A-2
Intelligence, Fourth Air Force at Hamilton Field, and via them direction to the FBI. Was this a show
of frustration that Wright Field may not have been receiving the cooperation that they should have as
directed by Washington following the Muroc Sightings? This memo does shows a sincere and
worthy effort by Special Agents to conduct an investigation into this particular sighting:

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