Tuesday, January 13, 2009

California's first mass UFO sighting - in Fresno

In 1896, California had it's first mass UFO sighting, and Fresno was part of it.  On the night of November 22, 1896 a massive "airship" was seen in San Francisco, San Jose, & Fresno. 

Hundreds of witnesses described the craft as some sort of airship, moving slowly through the night sky.  Some of the witnesses said they even saw figures through the windows of the craft.  Accounts became wilder as the month passed. A Colonel Shaw of Stockton claimed to have encountered inhuman beings with the airship on a country road. A man in Indio claimed to have gone aboard the craft for a flight.  

No one knows what the craft was.  Balloon flight was still in it's infancy and Germany wouldn't have the zeppelin until around 1899.  Could this have been some sort of secret government project, mirroring the ones of today?  Perhaps it was some sort of private aircraft, but this seems doubtful as if the government didn't have this sort of technology, then a private group or individual couldn't have been behind this.  Maybe, just maybe, this was some sort of E.T. encounter.  Fifty years before the Kenneth Arnold sighting up in Washington in 1947 that started the modern UFO craze.

6 comments:

archop said...

Cool story

Avinash Machado said...

It was an secret aviation program. Read the book Solving the 1897 airship mystery for details.

Michael said...

I'll have to check that book out, thanks.

Avinash Machado said...

Just to summarize, according to that book the airship was being piloted by two men named Samuel Tillman And Amos Dolbear. Tillman was an US army captain and professor at the West Point Naval Academy and Dolbear was an scientist and professor at Tufts University,Massachusetts.

Anonymous said...

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZsWzg-VuBU&feature=channel_page
one of my many ufo videos evberyone must see thankss ...robert

Anonymous said...

I BELIEVE IT. THIS THURSDAY I WAS AT MY SONS SOCCER GAME AT SUNSET ELEMENTARY.IT WAS BETWEEN 5:30 AND6PM.ONE OF THE PARENTS MADE A COMMENT ABOUT SOMETHING IN THE SKY. SEVERAL OF US LOOKED UP AND SAW A SILVER OBJECT THAT WAS FLYING FROM EAST TO WEST, THEN HEADED IN A NORTHERN DIRECTION.AND ALL OF A SUDDEN WITH A FLASH OF LIGHT IT WAS GONE. IT WAS VERY FREAKY. I DON'T KNOW WHAT I SAW BUT IT WASN'T A PLANE OR A HELICOPTER. IF FOR ANY REASON ANY BODY ELSE WAS LOOKING UP AT THE SKY ON THRURSDAY 7 OF MAY, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW.