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Date:November 22, 1896
Time:Few minutes after 09:00 p.m.
Place:Oakland, California

It Passed There About 9 O'clock Last Night.

It was long after 7 o'clock last night when the air-ship became lost to view here, but a message from Oakland said it passed over there a few minutes after 9 o'clock. The people there plainly saw the headlight and several smaller ones behind it.

The air-ship seemed to those who saw it at Oakland to go gently down across the bay in San Francisco, but it probably passed behind the hills of that city, as the inventor is not yet, apparently, prepared to let the public view his machine. [1]

[On November 22, 1896] "... a curious cigar-shaped object is seen again ... in Oakland ... it is described as a craft of 45 meters in length with "four shining rotors."" [2]

"November 22 [, 1896]: A group of passengers of a tramway of Oakland (California) observes a winged cigar projecting a brilliant beam of light and able to fly against the wind." [3]

November 23, 1896
Oakland (CA) Tribune
"FLOATING IN THE AIR. / The Mysterious Bark Is Seen by Many Reputable Oaklanders. / ALL THE STORIES COINCIDE. / It Was Plainly Visible About 7 O'clock Last Night. / MANY RUMORS ARE AFLOAT. / Attorney Collins' Story Is Believed by His Friends." [4]

"But on November 22, the "mystery airship" came back. ... appeared over Oakland ..." [5]


  • [1] Article in the newspaper "Sacramento Daily Record-Union", Sacramento, California, page 2 column 1-4, November 23, 1896.
  • [2] "La chronique des OVNIS", book by Michel Bougard, Delarge publisher, 1977.
  • [3] Jérôme Beau,
  • [4] "The mystery airship log", list of newspaper articles,
  • [5] "The Amazing Airship of 1896", article by James L. Cambias.
Notes:Insufficient information.
Explanation:Could be anything. Probable date confusions.


Type of report:Second hand from local newspaper.
Number of witnesses:Several to many.
Number of named witnesses:0.
Witnesses occupations:Not indicated.
Type of location:Not indicated.
Coordinates:Lat. 38°31'N Long. 121°30'W
Coordinates precision:10 kilometers.
Description of "UFO":Not indicated.
Description of "manoeuvers":Not indicated.
Reactions:Not indicated.
Occupants keywords:N/A
Weather:Not indicated.
Observation devices:None.
Explanation(s) at the time:Not indicated.

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