Wallace Tillinghast

Wallace Tillinghast

Wallace Tillinghast was a Worcester, Massachusetts businessman, and the originator of an airplane hoax in the early 1900s.Cite web|url=http://www.ufo.se/english/articles/wave.html|title=The Airship Wave of 1909|accessdate=2007-11-14|publisher=UFOS|author=Dr David Clarke]


Tillinghast announced the creation of the first, "heavier-than-air" flying craft in 1909. He explained that he had done more than one hundred flights with this machine under the cover of darkness. Tillinghast stated that he began flying under cover of darkness two months prior to his announcement, his first flight being between Worcester, Massachusetts, and New York City, New York, a distance of approximately 300 miles, where Tillinghast and his crew claimed to have circled the Statue of Liberty at 4,000 feet. At one point, the engines were said to have shut off, and the contraption glided through the air for forty-eight minutes while the mechanics made repairs. After which, they made their way back to Worcester, by way of a route taking them through Boston.


Between December 12th, 1909, and February 1910, were filled with "sightings" of the air craft purportedly designed by Tillinghast and two unnamed mechanics. Tillinghast never offered his craft for public viewing or inspection, and the media grew more skeptical, explaining the sightings were most likely the planet Venus, or fire balloons.



Whalen, Stephen and Robert E. Bartholomew. "The Great New England Airship Hoax of 1909". " [http://www.newenglandquarterly.org/issues/2002_september.cfm The New England Quarterly] ", Vol. 75, No. 3 (September, 2002), pp. 466-476. doi|10.2307/1559788

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