Just last week in Pendleton, Oregon, there were reports of a UFO. And, according to KGW, this is just the latest in many such sightings in the Pacific Northwest, and is just another example of why the people of Oregon are the most likely to report that they've seen an unidentified flying object.
The first such sighting in Oregon was in 1947, when Kenneth Arnold reported seeing nine "saucer-like aircraft flying in formation" between Mount Rainier and Mount Adams. Arnold, a private pilot, reported that he estimated that the crafts were going at about 1,200 miles per hour.
Then, in 1950, two residents in the small town of McMinnville not only saw, but provided what they called "definitive proof" of UFO sightings. On May 11, 1950, at approximately 7:30 in the evening, two farmers named Evelyn and Paul Trent saw a "disk-like" object in the sky. Paul ran back into his house to take a picture of the flying saucer, and the photo served as the inspiration for the annual UFO Festival in the area. Promoters for the event say it's the second-largest event of its kind in the country.
Nine years later, in Redmond, Oregon, a police officer named Robert Dickerson also had a UFO sighting. According to his account, a large bright object abruptly appeared in the sky and hovered about 200 feet above him. The object, Dickerson said, was so close that the nearby treetops "glowed" all around him.
Another witness, who had no idea that Dickerson was documenting this UFO sighting, also saw the UFO and filed a report with the FAA.