Long before crop circles, but a few centuries after the Nazca Lines, the US had the Nazi Air Marker Hoax:
“On August 10, 1942, the U.S. Army’s public-relations office released a statement informing the press that fliers for the First Ground Air Support Command had discovered “secret markers” in rural areas of the east coast. These markers, apparently placed by fifth-columnists, appeared innocent from the ground but acquired a sinister meaning when viewed from the air. From an aerial perspective they formed arrows “aimed directly at airplane factories and airfields.” Evidently the purpose of these markers was to guide enemy bombers straight toward targets of military significance.”
Read more about it on the Hoaxipedia.
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