1.2 – The Evidence (4.20.10)

I WANT TO FLY [3b]

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Saqqara, Egypt…located roughly 20 miles south of Cairo, it is home to the world-famous step pyramid of King Djoser.

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Dating back more than 4,000 years, it is the oldest of Egypt’s 97 pyramids. Saqqara is also famous for being one of Egypt’s oldest burial grounds, earning it the nickname, “City of the Dead.”

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It was here, in 1891, that French archaeologists unearthed an ancient tomb containing the burial remains of Pa-di-Imen, an official from the 3rd-century BC. Among the various items discovered was a small wooden model of what appeared to be a bird, lying beside a papyrus, bearing the inscription: “I want to fly.”

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The artifact was later sent to the Cairo Museum, where authorities placed it alongside several other bird figurines. The model sat largely unnoticed, until 1969, when Egyptologist, Dr. Kahlil Messiha, was examining the bird collection and noticed that there was something very different about the Saqqara Bird.

“It’s interesting because on one hand, clearly, it should look like a bird because it has eyes and has a typical nose of a bird. On the other hand, the wings are clearly not bird wings.”

Dr. Uwe Apel (Aerospace Engineer)

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“To the middle of the rim, you see this wing a bit thicker. In this region, the lift-up is the highest. The whole thing becomes thinner to the end of the wings. And those wings, model down. And this is a very modern aerodynamic design.”

– Dr. Algund Eenboom
(Co-Author, Aircraft of the Pharaohs)

“Then the other point is, birds have no rudders. Because a bird does not need a rudder because of its aerodynamic architecture. And so, there is the idea they are not representing birds, but flying machines, or aircraft.”

Dr. Uwe Apel (Aerospace Engineer)

Could the ancient Egyptians have possessed the power of flight? In 2006, aviation and aerodynamics expert Simon Sanderson built a scale model of the Saqqara bird five times larger than the original to test that possibility.

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“We’re running at a constant speed, slowly increasing the angle of attack, and then measuring the forces which it’s producing. That way, we can learn about its flight characteristics. At ten degrees, we’re producing four times weight and lift. So, it actually would be flying now. That’s good.”

Simon Sanderson (Aviation and Aerodynamics Expert)

“Test shows the Saqqara bird is a highly-developed glider. And this is the design we used today.”

– Dr. Algund Eenboom
(Co-Author, Aircraft of the Pharaohs)

During the Sanderson test, it was discovered that the only thing preventing the Saqqara bird from achieving flight was the lack of a rear stabilizing rudder, or elevator, needed to maintain balance. Is it possible that the Saqqara bird ever possessed this critical component?

“What is missing is something like an elevator, but if you look at this feature here, then we may interpret that something like an elevator was connected here, but was lost during history.”

Dr. Uwe Apel (Aerospace Engineer)

Computer models seem to confirm that the Saqqara bird is certainly airworthy.

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But there is another problem to consider: launching a glider. Modern methods require the use of a tow plane that pulls the glider into the air, then releases it when a proper altitude is reached. So, how might the ancient Egyptians have launched the Saqqara bird?

“The Scientifics of Egyptology told us that such a bird could be powered off by catapults to fly. And we had high acceptance by Egyptian scientists.”

– Dr. Algund Eenboom
(Co-Author, Aircraft of the Pharaohs)

The idea of using a catapult does have a contemporary parallel. Many of today’s glider enthusiasts employ a bungee cord system to launch their sail craft into the air. But if the Saqqara bird is capable of flight, where would ancient Egyptians have acquired such technology?

“I think that people in ancient times were visited by beings coming not from this Earth, and they gave us culture and scientific technologies to improve our life on Earth coming from the primitive to a higher developed culture.”

– Dr. Algund Eenboom
(Co-Author, Aircraft of the Pharaohs)

“If ancient cultures would be able to produce any really flyable machine, they would be far more advanced than we believe today. It changes our viewpoint of ancient societies.”

Dr. Uwe Apel (Aerospace Engineer)

“It’s a fact that our ancestors were more intelligent and had more technological superiority capabilities than our history books give them credit for.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“You begin to have to ask yourself, ‘Are we missing part of the story?’ And honestly, I think we are. I think there has been a forgotten episode in human history. And, we’re a species with amnesia. We don’t really remember who or what we are.”

Graham Hancock (Author, Fingerprints of the Gods)

“I haven’t been convinced that there is evidence that support an ancient visitation, but there is no reason why not, and I think to shut oneself to that possibility is a mistake, mainly because there is so many anomalies that we can’t explain.”

– Robert Bauval (Egyptologist),
(Author, The Egypt Code),
(Author, Secret Chamber Revisited),
(Co-Author, Black Genesis)

7,000 miles from Egypt, the dense jungles and rugged mountains of Columbia contain a vast number of archaeological sites. Many treasure hunters believed the legendary City of Gold, El Dorado, lies hidden here somewhere under a thick canopy of trees.

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While the mythical metropolis has never been found, early in the 20th-century, tomb-robbers searching along the Magdalena River stumbled upon a gravesite dating back 1,500 years to a pre-Columbian civilization known as the Tolima. Among the funerary objects found there were hundreds of small two- to three-inch gold figurines.

“Many of those looked like insects and fish. However, out of those hundreds that they found, they also found about a dozen that are eerily reminiscent of modern-day fighter jets. They have a triangular shape. They have an upright tailfin, stabilizers…and a fuselage. And they have nothing in common with anything similar in nature.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Could these gold objects really be proof that Earth has been visited by Ancient Aliens?

“One of the objects shows a typical swept wings like with a modern aircraft. And you compare it to something like a space shuttle. You see that the basic wing shape is very similar to wing shapes for high-speed aerodynamic bodies like a space shuttle is.”

Dr. Uwe Apel (Aerospace Engineer)

“There is not a single insect in the world which has got its wings at the bottom. Now, when you exclude the possibility that it’s an insect, one of the things which remain is the fact that this is actually, yes, what it looks like: a plane.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

In 1997, German aviation experts including Algund Eenboom and Peter Belting, set out to prove the speculation by building a scale-model replica of the gold flyer, fully equipped with landing gear and a working engine.

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“It was rather simple because we don’t need to put much parts to this shape because this shape is perfect. Everything was already done by the native people, 2,000 years ago.”

– Dr. Algund Eenboom
(Co-Author, Aircraft of the Pharaohs)

“They did not add an inch or remove an inch. They just essentially blew the little thing into a larger size. I mean, this is sensational that pre-Columbian culture knew about aerodynamics.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

Once completed, the remote-controlled flyer took off down a makeshift runway and flew.

“When you see this thing taking off, you really feel that this is the real deal.”

– Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“It was a very successful test and showed us how perfect ancient people were working out aerodynamic design. What it shows you that there must be something happened. We are not quite sure how it did, but that it did.”

– Dr. Algund Eenboom
(Co-Author, Aircraft of the Pharaohs)

“This is applied science. This isn’t just thinking somewhere. This is people going out there and making sure and proving, what I still see, anybody can see this, that this is real. This is genuine. This little thing, which sits in a museum, could fly.”

Philip Coppens
(Author, The Ancient Alien Question),
(The Lost Civilization Enigma)

“So we have two examples from opposite sides of the planet, and both examples are aerodynamically sound and they fly. So, to suggest that all of this is coincidence…I mean, after awhile, even coincidences no longer makes sense.”

– Giorgio A. Tsoukalos
(Publisher, Legendary Times Magazine)

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“Could the ancients have seen actual entities, like ancient gods, Ancient Astronauts actually flying around in what amounted to modern aircraft?”

– Bill Birnes, J.D., Ph.D.
(Author / Publisher, UFO Magazine)

The answer to these questions may be found in ancient documents that describe flight patterns, aircraft specs, and even aerial battles in remarkable detail.

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References:

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