The term UFO

Fortean Times - - Letters - Adam Caudill Whis­ton, Mersey­side

I had al­ways thought that the term Uniden­ti­fied Fly­ing Ob­ject had come into use in the late 1940s or 1950s, but when re­cently watch­ing a car­toon with my five-year-old daugh­ter I seem to have found an ear­lier us­age. In the 1942 car­toon

A Tale of Two Kit­ties (first ap­pear­ance of Tweety Pie and fea­tur­ing Ab­bot and Costello type cats) Tweety at one point puts on an air raid war­den hel­met and phones in to re­port an “Uniden­ti­fied ob­ject fly­ing awound my wit­tle head”. It seems that the UFO term orig­i­nates from WW2 air­craft spot­ting.

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