|The great airships first (1880) seen in the west and across the entire country|
The first major case happened in New Mexico on March 26th 1880 in the skies above a small town called Galisteo Junction, now known as Lamy. Voices were heard, voices which seemed to be coming from the sky above. When the people looked up they saw a circular ship, “monstrous in size”. It’s movements were described as approaching rapidly and then slowed to an elegant waltz across the sky. Check out our historic UFO sightings to view more early UFO/Alien cases.
It is said that the occupants of these ships were human, but their clothing and behavior was bizarre. The occupants of these ships, when spoken too, claimed to be from Mars. A few artifacts, a cup and a beautiful flower wrapped in silk-like paper, were said to have fallen from the ship.
The following day, an unknown, well dressed, stranger, identified only as a “collector of curiosities” came into town. He told the local authorities that the artifacts were of Asiatic origin. He offered a large some of money for the finds. So large a sum that the depot agent who had found them couldn't resist. The collector and the artifacts were never seen again.
On November 18th, 1896, a Californian man by the name of Colonel H.G. Shaw told reporters he had seen what appeared to be a landed space craft. It had a diameter of 25 feet and was around 150 feet in total length. Three slender 7ft tall beings of unknown origin are said to have stepped off the ship. They attempted to kidnap Shaw, and he narrowly escaped. The ship then lifted off the ground and sped off, out of sight.
There are several more mystery airship sightings, each one more complex and convoluted then the next. From the members of the secret “Aero Club” to the reported uses of an unknown “N.B. gas”, a substance, people claimed, made objects lighter than air.
An April 24th, 1897 report of Harper’s Weekly sums up the Phantom Airship phenomenon of the 1800′s nicely. It states: “The airship as a practical invention is believed to be so nearly ripe that a story of its appearance in the sky is not necessarily to be received with disrespect, not unless you assumed that thousands of Americans had lost their senses, a discomforting notion which some scientists, editors and skeptics seem to embrace.”