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Hundreds of citizens would have callled them mysterious phantom aircrafts or ghost fliers. A UFO shooting down a beam would have been described as a spotlight at the time. Coral E. Lorenzen used the term hemispherical-shaped object instead of flying saucer.
Foo Fighters could have been the small spherical probes or balls of light observed around larger UFO craft. Some Foo Fighters were described as small disc.
Yes, interpretation is loose, that is why testimony is useless as you have outlined here. However, how do you interpret two men peddling on a bicycle frame of ET? And what about the description of the downed airship, the farmer spoke to the alleged occupant, who was by all means quite human. Also, if the interpretation are muddled, why do we get extraordinary stories backed with evidence such as:
The descriptions are quite clear, why try to twist them into ET?
Consider these aspects:
a former street railway employee who said he heard a voice from above call, "Throw her up higher; she'll hit the steeple."
When he looked up he saw two men seated on a bicycle-like frame, peddling
Balloons capable of carrying people had been around for almost a hundred years and it seemed that the key to powered flight might soon be discovered.
One San Francisco attorney, nicknamed "Airship" Collins, claimed that he was representing the eccentric and wealthy inventor who had constructed the thing at a secret location in Oroville, just sixty miles north of Sacramento.
A farmer claimed he'd encountered the airship on the ground, under repair. (no ALiens reported)
and most interestingly
In addition, as today, practical jokers did not hesitate to send balloons lighted with candles into the sky, or kites with lanterns, if they thought they could put one over on the public. Others may have created "crash" sites complete with debris. One newspaper, the PeoriaTranscript, sent up lighted, colored, paper balloons to "test" people's imaginations. A number of "airship" sightings was the result.
So I ask, why Aliens? Did one ship "descend from the heavens"? No, they all cruised at an altitude of about 500 feet. How is that Alien?
What you are doing is shoehorning ET into a story.