Learn about UFOs with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series. On 25 June 1947, Kenneth Arnold, a United States Forest Service employee and private pilot, witnessed nine Unidentified Flying Objects in the sky near Mount Rainier, Washington. This incident was to mark the beginning of a rapid increase in public interest in UFOs. Arnold, who at the time was searching for a downed transport plane, originally thought the objects he saw were jets. However, on closer inspection, he realized the objects had no tails and all but one looked like flat disks. He later described the objects as being similar to saucers skimming across the surface of the water. This description was repeated by a journalist when reporting the story and this is how the term "Flying Saucer" was coined.
While Arnold's UFO sighting is considered to be the beginning of the modern UFO phenomenon, it is by no means the first reported sighting of an unexplained flying object. In fact, the first recorded UFO sightings in the United States occurred between 1896 and 1897.
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