“In room 22 of the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt, there is a wooden object that appears very similar to a modern airplane or glider. In fact, it is so similar that some have offered it as proof that the ancient Egyptians possessed the technology of flight. The artifact is made of wood and has a length of 5.6 inches and a wingspan of 7.2 inches. It was found in a tomb near Saqqara in 1898 and has been dated to about 200 B.C.“
The folks at Anomalist mentioned (thanks!) the relation between the pre-Columbian gold artifacts and the so-called Saqqara bird. I had already seen it mentioned before, but had never looked upon it with much interest, assuming that well, it could be a bird, it could be really a model airplane. The Chinese had bamboo model “helicopters“ long ago. That’s not proof of very advanced technology per se — whereas the pre-Columbian gold artifacts had delta wings and what did look like jet engines. Intriguing, but it turned out they were really flying fishes.
But I looked upon it to comment with more information, and I’m really glad that I did, because I just found a very nice series of pages discussing the Saqqara object, by Larry Orcutt. It includes drawings of the object, and most importantly, detail the reproduction of it and seminal test: did it really fly?
Be sure to check the links, though I may have given away the answer in the title of this post.
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