Sir Francis Chichester , a yachtsman and pilot famous for solo crossings of sea and sky in the 1920's and 30's encountered a UFO on june 10, 1931. He was alone in his gypsy moth airplane somewhere over the tasman sea. He said, ” suddenly ahead and thirty degrees to the left there were bright flashes in several places, like the dazzle of a heliograph. I saw a dull grey white airship coming towards me”.
The ship then disappeared to Francis's dis-belief and suddenly reappeared, he observed these airships and concluded they might have been flying saucers. * A classic case in the history of UFO's is the Kenneth Arnold sighting of june 24, 1941, which finally caused the US airforce to take offical notice of the phenomena. Arnold, a civilian pilot was flying near mount rainer searching for a crashed plane, when a brilliant light flashed on the side of his plane. To his amazement he saw nine gleaming objects coming south from the direction of mount baker, he calculated there speed at 1,600 mph, nearly three times faster than the aircraft of the day.