“Mystery Airship” Sightings, 1896 – 1897

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For 8 months in 1896 and 1897, people in the US and Canada saw mysterious lights in the sky, and sometimes, spectacular, winged airships and dirigibles. The airships are early examples of UFOs, after the “wonders” of ancient times, and before the modern mythology of extraterrestrial spacecraft dominated UFO discourse.


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Published on Jul 24, 2017

Selected Sources:
Jacobs, David. The UFO Controversy In America. Indiana University Press, 1975.

Reece, Gregory L (August 21, 2007). UFO Religion: Inside Flying Saucer Cults and Culture. New York: I. B. Tauris, 2007.

Daniel Cohen. The Great Airship Mystery: A UFO of the 1890s. New York: Dodd Mead, 1981.

Wallace Chariton. The Great Texas Airship Mystery. 1991

Rudolph Umland. “Phantom Airships of the Nineties.” Prairie Schooner 12 (winter 1938): 247-260.

Loren E. Gross. Charles Fort, the Fortean Society, & Unidentified Flying Objects. 2st ed. Fremont, CA: Loren E. Gross, 1976.

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