At the end of the 1960s, biologist Uvan Ivan Sanderson, more well-known as a promoter of Bigfoot, called the attention of the world to some gold pre-Columbian artifacts, centuries old, produced by indigenous cultures.
According to him, those were reproductions of jet aircrafts, a conclusion supported by doctor Arthur Poyslee, of the New York Aeronautic Institute.
Absurd, if only the artifacts didn’t in fact look so much like modern airplanes. Click on the image to continue reading:
One can identify vertical and horizontal stabilizers and swept-wings, ideal for supersonic flights. We can even see what could be looked as corrugated metal or underlining structures. And there are not one, but many of these artifacts, like the other one at right.
On its wings, in this case smooth, we can also see what could be a symbol, much like the ones adorning our planes today.
The artifact ended up becoming the symbol for the AAS (Ancient Astronaut Society), and the comparison below can be seen on many places, both online and offline, of the years before the Internet in the books of one Erich von Däniken.
Some years ago, the AAS-RA (Archaeology, Astronautics and SETI Research Association) even tried to actually reproduce those ancient jets.
One was fitted with propellers, while the other was actually fitted with a small jet engine, in the exact location they assumed it was in the original jets.
If you are still skeptic, then swallow this: the models by Algund Eenboom and Peter Belting flew. They didn’t brake the sound barrier, but they flew quite well.
The location of the jet engine and the air intake may look strange, but it’s incredibly similar to the design seen in one of the first jet airplanes of the modern age, the Heinkel-162 (at right), of 1944.
Finally, if this is all sounding too good to be true, and your debunking sense starts to doubt the whole thing — do these artifacts actually exist? Are they actually pre-Columbian? — we have to tell you.
They can be found in the Museo del Oro, in Bogota, Columbia. They are solidly dated and accepted as being some centuries old. Those are the real thing.
BUT ARE THEY ACTUALLY JETS?
If you ask conventional, orthodox experts about them, they will tell you that they these small gold artifacts in fact represent insects, like bees, or maybe birds, fishes or flying fishes.
Fact is, one other pre-Columbian gold artifact, particularly beautiful, clearly represents a flying fish.
That proves those ancient people had contact with these flying things and cared enough about them.
And if you think again about it, flying fishes are the only animals with a tail that’s vertical in relation to its body — which could be the “vertical stabilizer” of the more strange gold artifacts. They also have longer fins that act as wings. And they do fly.
Now, anyone must admit there’s some similarity between flying fishes and the artifacts we are discussing, just as the similarity with jet aircraft is also a fact. The question is if the artifacts are more related to a jet aircraft or with a flying fish.
And some characteristics particular to flying fishes, but not to jet aircrafts, can be clearly identified on the artifacts. The vertical and horizontal “stabilizers”, for instance, are not fit together at the end of the tail, as most aircrafts.
The horizontal stabilizers in the gold figures are always closer to the wings, which actually is not very good aerodynamically, since the stabilizer will not stabilize much in that position. It will help, though, and curiously is exactly what one can see in flying fishes.
All the artifacts also have eyes and mouths, often with teeth. That’s another thing one do not see very much in aircrafts — except, ironically, in paintings made to make them resemble animals.
Granted, there are some characteristics in the gold artifacts that do not fit very well with the flying aquatic animals. The vertical stabilizer, for instance, does not extend below the body, unlike the fishes.
But these small differences can be accounted for by the stylization of the figures. There’s actually a continuum between the clear and pretty representation of a flying fish seen previously, and the more stylized artifacts we are wondering about:
Each artifact has a slightly different style, but seen as a whole, it’s clear they all represent flying fishes. Eyes, mouth with teeth, even gills. They all have gills, which was interpreted as an air intake for jet engines. Air intake, in a way yes, jet engine… no.
Finally, one can ask then how could the scale model of the artifacts fly so well. But that’s not more surprising than the fact that some fishes can actually fly. And this goes on to show how amazing it is that pre-Columbian people stylized these animals but preserved some basic elements that allowed them to fly.
Or not that amazing, since the scale models are not actually 100% accurate reproductions of the artifacts, allowing for many crucial modifications that ensured the flying success, like a modified profile for the wings, that gave them lift. Note also how a cumbersome detail that in the original artifact is located exactly where in alleged jet exhaust was simply ignored.
DOWN TO EARTH
These are really wonderful artifacts. Some of them do resemble jet airplanes, some not. Flying fishes have this similarity with jets too, and had people been more inspired by them than with birds, maybe we would have been flying long before the Wright brothers. Who knows, but before Columbus is still quite a stretch. And without any evidence, unfortunately.
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