Question: When Did UFO Reports Begin?
Many think that UFOs have only been reported since 1947, is this true?
Answer: Although the so called "modern era" of Ufology began with the Kenneth Arnold sighting in 1947, UFO reports go back to ancient times. Even cave drawings, sculptures, paintings, and folklore of yesteryear show an influence of flying machines on mankind.
Also, in the United States, there was an early wave of sightings near the end of the 19th century.
There still exists today newspaper and book accounts of UFO reports from that era.