1868 July, Chile, MA1 203

    “A strange “aerial construction” bearing lights and making engine noises flew low over this town, (Copiago). Local people also described it as a giant bird covered with large scales producing a metallic noise. Although not an actual landing, this is the first instance of close observation of an unknown object at low altitude in the nineteenth century.”

- Passport to Magonia, p. 190 (referenced by Charles Fort.)