|Flying Horse of Virginia|
|Theories|| · Cryptid|
· Strange cloud
The Flying Horse of Virginia, also known as the Swimming White Horse, was a flying creature spotted by a farmer near in Parkersburg, Virginia, while he was plowing his field in 1878.
Around 7:00 PM, the farmer looked up at the cloudless sky and saw a strange flying object about 1 kilometer (0.5 mi) away in the west. He described it as "an opaque substance, resembling a white horse, with head, necks, limbs, and tail clearly defined, swimming, moving its head from side to side, always ascending at an angle of about 45 degrees."
There are several explanations as to what the creature could be. Theories include:
- An undiscovered species (a Cryptid)
- A strange cloud
- A hoax
- The farmer rubbed his eyes, assuming that it was a hallucination or trick of the light, but it was still there, swimming through “the ether.” When he yelled at some men about 100 meters (300 ft) away and asked them what they saw, they confirmed that there was a white horse swimming through the sky. They were scared, but the farmer was apparently stoic enough to simply sit down and observe the apparition until it finally disappeared into space.