||Brad Steiger is the author/coauthor of 154 books with over 17 million copies in print. His first published articles on the unexplained appeared in 1956, and he has now written more than 2,000 articles with paranormal themes. From 1970-'73, his weekly newspaper column, The Strange World of Brad Steiger, was carried domestically in over 80 newspapers and overseas from Bombay to Tokyo. He was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa, on February 19,1936. He is married to Sherry Hansen Steiger, a licensed and ordained minister, herself the author or coauthor of over 22 books. He has two sons, three daughters, and five grandchildren. Visit Brad Steiger's website: http://www.bradandsherry.com/ and also read Evidence for a New History. Read Brad Steiger's latest book Revelation: The Divine Fire.
The Biggest, Baddest Thunderbird
of Them All
by Brad Steiger
(Copyright 2008, Brad Steiger - All Rights Reserved)Posted: 13:10 May 18, 2008
March 2008 reports of strange, flying creatures in Chile and other areas of South America, coupled with the November 2007 sighting made by Frank Ramirez of a large, bird-like creature buzzing South Texas, has set me to thinking about one of my favorite monsters, the Great Thunderbird. The Texas sightings included many accounts other than those made by Ramirez. Numerous individuals claimed to have seen a very large, raptor-like bird with an 18 to 20 foot wingspan.
American Indian Thunderbird
Interestingly, in the last 100 years or so, many people have claimed to have seen a great bird, far larger than the eagle, flying overhead. In fact, numerous witnesses have claimed to have seen creatures that resembled pterodactyls, the winged reptiles that should have been extinct 60 million years ago.
A few weeks ago, my friend, author-researcher, Jerome Clark, knowing of my fascination with Thunderbird/pterodactyl reports, sent me an October 4, 1890 account of a “strange monster with wings, a monstrous head, with horns, a mouth like an alligator’s, its body green and covered with scales…and it … sounds like a combination of the roar of a lion and the scream of a wildcat.” This winged monstrosity was sighted near Independence, Iowa, over a hundred years ago, but we need not travel as far back in time to detail other very impressive Thunderbird accounts.
On April 9, 1948, a farm family outside of Caledonia, Illinois saw a monster bird that they all said was bigger than an airplane. In different parts of the state on the same day, a Freeport truck driver said that he, too, had seen the creature. A former army colonel admitted that he had seen a bird of tremendous size while he stood talking with the head of Western Military Academy and a farmer near Alton.
On April 10, several witnesses saw the gigantic bird. One man said that he had at first believed it to have been a type of plane that he had never before seen.
On April 24, back at Alton, a man described it as an enormous, incredible thing, flying at about 500 feet and casting a shadow the same size as that of a Piper Cub at the same height. Two policemen said that the monster bird was as big as a small airplane.
Numerous reports of birds the size of small airplanes were reported in southwest Pennsylvania in the summer and early fall of 2001.
On June 13, A resident in Greensville, who said that he was familiar with the wildlife in the area, at first mistook the huge bird for an ultralight aircraft. He estimated the wingspan to be about 15 feet and the body to be nearly five feet in length.
In July, a witness in Erie County claimed to have seen a large, black-colored bird with a wingspan of about 17 feet.
On September 25, a witness who said that he had a strong interest in ornithology, encountered a massive bird with a head about three feet long and a wingspan of 10 to 15 feet. On that same date, a witness sighted a giant bird flying over South Greensburg, Pennsylvania. Researchers soon found other witnesses who claimed to have had similar sightings in Westmoreland County, PA.
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