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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Those Mysterious Airships of the 1890s


A wonderful article about the phantom airships of the 1890s by Rudolph Umland appeared in The Prairie Schooner [Winter 1966/1967, Page 302 ff.]

You can access a WORD document of the article by clicking HERE

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8 Comments:

  • TY so much ^^

    By Blogger Gilles. F., at Wednesday, June 15, 2011  

  • You are more than welcome, Gilles, mon ami.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Wednesday, June 15, 2011  

  • Some other considerations on gasoline engines as cited in this article:
    1.While the first gasoline engines were being produced in the late 1860's, it was not until 1876, it was considered perfected. The issue was low horsepower, large, exposed reciprocating parts and..
    2. Availability of gasoline did not take off until WW1, when cracking processes to separate the gas from oil were perfected.
    Theoretically, as a low probability, a gasoline powered airship was possible, but..
    3. The fuel was not commonly found unless you count kerosine.
    4. Navigation until the 1920's was by landmarks IE "turn left at white house..follow trolley tracks, etc" No good maps. Airplanes had to resort to painted signs on rooftops. Night navigation was fraught with problems.

    So..where to find gas and how to reach or navigate to a supply of it? Fueling by location would have to be prearranged in advance. This would be known by more persons than the crew. Even if you had a searchlight, you would have had to have had a prearranged flight path and be able to follow it by landmarks..very difficult at night as the beam is small in relation to scanning for land based references.Up to 1897, the most engines that were produced numbered about 100 by a single maker..( pre-Henry Ford)..If someone wanted to get tedious, they could attempt to locate engine numbers and orders ( good luck)..Again, this is lodged between improbability and possibility..but it seems very and highly unlikely this occurred as it was thought to have happened.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Thursday, June 16, 2011  

  • Bruce:

    In the context of your belief that airships, like UFOs generally, are a phenomenon meant to encourage humanity to evolve its aircraft or technology, I need to ask...

    Why such displays in isolated venues?

    The airships were palpaply visible but such displays as that of Arnold or Hickson and Parker, among a slew of others, were not.

    If UFOs (and airships) were and are meant to be a template for humankind, why all the subterfuge?

    There's a "game" going on, not a serious thrust to move humanity forward I think.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, June 16, 2011  

  • As far as isolated circumstances,the Airship was sighted over Chicago and allegedly the photograph that was taken was lost, and an artists rendering of the alleged photograph remains, while the contemporary journalist's accounts I recall ( Chicago Daily News?) are a variation of the same thing. The other curve ball is the tactic used then and now, of "yellow journalism" sensational and\or fictional accounts meant to draw sales.
    It is a game perhaps in the sense of game theory where the observer and the phenomenon must not or cannot "opt out", there has to be cooperation and contest, but then what is the aim of this?

    I fall back on nature, and I suspect that this is some (albeit strange), natural phenomenon..that whether it is intentional or unintentional, we are being pointed toward a dynamic that demonstrates a new classification of observable phenomenon.

    What it is is anyone's guess.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Thursday, June 16, 2011  

  • Well Bruce...

    The gamester (God?) is nuts or just malicious.

    The game doesn't register as a sane mechanism, by any measurement.

    It's not unlike the Star Trek episode with the bratty, alien teenager.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, June 16, 2011  

  • Lol..its sort of a yin /yang motor that drives curiosity as well as lunacies. Grabbing the gold ring on a merry go round. After so many turns going in circles, it's a temptation to say "screw the gold ring"..I don't want to play. That's why it's nice as a niche past time and not an occupation.

    By Blogger Bruce Duensing, at Thursday, June 16, 2011  

  • Exactly Bruce....a hobby of sorts.

    RR

    By Blogger RRRGroup, at Thursday, June 16, 2011  

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