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The 'UFO' Airships Of 1896 - 1897

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posted on Sep, 29 2004 @ 02:40 AM
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Most people regard UFOs as a fairly recent phenomenon, yet mysterious objects have appeared in the heavens above for thousands of years. Nor have bright lights and objects in the sky been confined to one time period or culture.
In American skies from 1896 to 1897, thousands of people saw what they called "airships." Many were accused of drinking too much. Airships were variously thought to be kites, balloons, the planet Venus, the star Sirius, hoaxes, fakes, or ships from an abandoned civilization on Mars, as well as from the star Alpha Orionis.

So, UFOs were around before the 20th century, people just didn't call them UFOs. I have also seen the UFOs in paintings throughout history. I still don't know if they're aliens but, something is definately there.

[edit on 9/29/04 by NotTooHappy]

[edit on 29-9-2004 by John bull 1]

posted on Sep, 29 2004 @ 03:58 AM

I still don't know if they're aliens but, something is definately there.

Isnt it more like, something is definetly here?

But yes they have been seen throughout history, Roswell or that flight was in no way a magical point when aliens suddenly appeared (actually the close years before that was FAR more interesting, with both sightings, crashes and Greys!)... But not all are credible depictions of UFOs (can be interpreted as anything). One have to dig rather deep into the specific cultures to understand it, whether it really is an anomally or not.

posted on Sep, 29 2004 @ 06:27 PM
There have been some speculation that it was secret test flights with dirigibles. But they seem to have been a German invention (zeppelins) so why should they test them in America?

posted on Sep, 29 2004 @ 06:32 PM
You've got to remember, though, that "Hoax' journalism was very common back then. Many stories about bigfeet, airships, ghosts, etc... were total fabrications on the parts of the newspapers. The editors figured that if the reading public was foolish enough to believe such outrageous stories, that was their problem.

posted on Sep, 29 2004 @ 06:37 PM
The American sightings of Airships. They were probably seeing the same things (more or less) that we see now as UFOs. It was probably being expressed as something that was just beyond the technology of the day, similar to what we do. ie...the absolute limit in their imagination of what the objects could be.

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