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By Lou Marzeles
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Seattle magazine: Goldendale man built flying machine in 1895

 

October 16, 2019

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DID IT HAPPEN HERE?: A writer for Seattle magazine says a flying machine was built and successfully tested in Goldendale in 1895. The modern era of sightings like the one pictured here, he says, began with sightings from around that period.

A columnist for Seattle magazine says a man in Goldendale built and tested an "airship" in 1895.

Knute Berger writes in the October issue of the publication that his fascination with the flying saucer phenomenon led him to dig into a much earlier history of UFOs. He says the whole thing started with a UFO sighting at Mt. Rainier in 1947, but he adds signs of it began during the Klondike Gold Rush.

"The late 19th century was a time of great technological change-diesel engines, electric lights, the telephone," Berger writes. "The newspapers of the time were full of new inventions. In the 1890s, people were also looking to the skies. Hot-air balloons had been around since the late 18th centu...



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