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URECAT - UFO Related Entities Catalog

URECAT is a formal catalog of UFO related entities sightings reports with the goal of providing quality information for accurate studies of the topic. Additional information, corrections and reviews are welcome at patrick.gross@inbox.com, please state if you wish to be credited for your contribution or not. The main page of the URECAT catalog is here.


Brief summary of the event and follow-up:

The newspaper The Tribune, in Oakland, California, USA, reported on November 23, 1910, that a mysterious airplane passed over Wichita at a height of less than 200 feet and a speed of 30 miles per hour, in a southeasterly direction early today, and the operator was plainly visible.

The newspaper adds that the name and pattern of the machine were not learned.

The story was published on a French ufology website.

Basic information table:

Case number: URECAT-001439
Date of event: November 23, 1910
Earliest report of event: November 23, 1910
Delay of report: 1 day
Witness reported via: Not known.
First alleged record by: N/A
First certain record by: Newspaper.
First alleged record type: N/A.
First certain record type: Newspaper.
This file created on: March 9, 2013
This file last updated on: March 9, 2013
Country of event: USA
State/Department: Kansas
Type of location: Above city.
Lighting conditions: Not reported. Early morning.
UFO observed: Yes
UFO arrival observed: Not reported.
UFO departure observed: Not reported.
UFO/Entity Relation: Certain
Witnesses numbers: Not reported.
Witnesses ages: Not reported.
Witnesses types: Not reported.
Photograph(s): No.
Witnesses drawing: No.
Witnesses-approved drawing: No.
Number of entities: 1
Type of entities: Not reported.
Entities height: Not reported.
Entities outfit type: Not reported.
Entities outfit color: Not reported.
Entities skin color: Not reported.
Entities body: Not reported.
Entities head: Not reported.
Entities eyes: Not reported.
Entities mouth: Not reported.
Entities nose: Not reported.
Entities feet: Not reported.
Entities arms: Not reported.
Entities fingers: Not reported.
Entities fingers number: Not reported.
Entities hair: Not reported.
Entities voice: None heard.
Entities actions: Was in UFO.
Entities/witness interactions: None.
Witness(es) reactions: Observed.
Witness(es) feelings: Not reported.
Witness(es) interpretation: Not reported or airplane.
Explanation category: Possible plane or plane flight hoax.
Explanation certainty: Medium.



Mysterious Airship Sighted in Kansas

Wichita Visited by Aeroplane That Passes Over City at 30 Miles An Hour.

WICHITA, Nov. 23. -– An airship passed over this city in a southeasterly direction early today at an estimated speed of thirty miles an hour.

It was flying less than 200 feet high and the operator was plainly visible.

The name and pattern of the machine were not learned.

[Ref. jb1:] JEROME BEAU:

Jerome Beau indicates that on November 23, 1910, early in the morning in Wichita, Kansas, an aircraft passed above the city to the southeast at an estimated speed of 30 miles / h, 300 feet high, "with its pilot is clearly visible."

The source is indicated as "'Mysterious Airship Sighted in Kansas', Tribune of Oakland (California), November 23, 1910" with a link to a French translation of the article.

Points to consider:

In 1909 William Purvis and Charles Wilson, two railroad mechanics in Goodland, quit their jobs and built a rotary-winged aircraft in Wichita. It failed.

In 1910 the first successful Kansas plane, the 1910 Longren Flyer, is built in Topeka, Kansas, by Albin Longren, but he officially first flies it in 1911. It was quickly followed by a wide variety of craft developed by over 60 manufacturers throughout the state.

In 1911 Clyde Cessna builds a plane near Rago, Kansas, and puts on a public flight His first successful flight occurs in December 1911, following almost a dozen failed attempts. In 1916 Cessna moves his airplane manufacturing business to the Jones Auto factory in north Wichita.

In 1910, Wichita was a major city when it comes to pioneering aviation. So is it impossible that seomeone actually flew a plane in Wichita in 1910? Or that a would-be airplane builder hoaxed a story to create the rumor he succeeded so that he would get some funding?

I do not know, but what I know is that the report is not an alien spaceship or "true UFO" report, but an aeroplane report.

List of issues:

Id: Topic: Severity: Date noted: Raised by: Noted by: Description: Proposal: Status:


Possible plane or plane flight hoax.

Sources references:

* = Source I checked.
? = Source I am told about but could not check yet. Help appreciated.

Document history:


Main Author: Patrick Gross
Contributors: None
Reviewers: None
Editor: Patrick Gross

Changes history

Version: Created/Changed By: Date: Change Description:
0.1 Patrick Gross March 9, 2013 Creation, [tr1], [jb1].
1.0 Patrick Gross March 9, 2013 First published.

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