Venus was in inferior conjuction

According to the New York Sun and the New York Herald, on April 2, 11, 16 and 18, 1897, a mysterious light, like a powerful searchlight, was seen in the sky of Kansas City, Chicago, Evanston, Benton (TX) and finally in Sisterville, W. Va. The object associated with the light was variously reported as “shaped like a Mexican cigar… with great wings,” “two cigar-shaped objects with great wings,” and a “cigar-shaped, silken bag.” Brilliant red, white and green lights were seen below it. Prof. George Hough maintained that “the object seen is Alpha Orionis.”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p.468-471 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Unknown aircraft over Dover

Throughout January 1913, newspapers in England and Wales reported sightings of an unknown airship with lights on it. Reports began in the London Times on Jan. 6 (also London Standard, Jan. 24) that an unknown airship had been seen over Dover, and the lights of an airship had been seen over the Bristol Channel. An object was reported in the sky of Cardiff, Wales, by the chief constable of Glamorganshire, about five p.m. (London Times, Jan. 21). The next day, other reports followed throughout Cardiff of something brilliantly lighted. Reports speak of something like a searchlight.

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p512-513ff (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).