One of the first and most famous involved businessman and pilot Kenneth Arnold, who was flying near Mt. Rainer, Wash. on June 24, 1947, when he reportedly sighted nine unidentified flying objects. The press later used his various descriptions to come up with the term flying saucer.
Critics who charge the government with covering up the truth maintain that an extraterrestrial spacecraft and its occupants were found near Roswell a finding kept secret from the public.
George Gorman's Depiction of a UFO Encounter over FargoOn Oct. 1, 1948, George F. Gorman, a pilot in North Dakota's National Guard, flying at night over Fargo when he spotted what he later described as an object with a blinking light. The only other authorized aircraft in the region was supposed to be a Piper Cub. Approaching the UFO, Gorman said it resembled a ball of light that grew brighter and accelerated as he got near it. In a later sworn statement to investigators, Gorman said:
"I am convinced that there was definite thought behind its maneuvers. I am further convinced that the object was governed by the laws of inertia because its acceleration was rapid but not immediate and although it was able to turn fairly tight at considerable speed, it still followed a natural curve. When I attempted to turn with the object I blacked out temporarily due to excessive speed. I am in fairly good physical condition and I do not believe that there are many if any pilots who could withstand the turn and speed effected by the object, and remain conscious. The object was not only able to out turn and out speed my aircraft...but was able to attain a far steeper climb and was able to maintain a constant rate of climb far in excess of my aircraft."