|The history of flight may be considerably grander than we have ever dared imagine ...|
|"Indeed a consistent wealth of evidence hints at the secrets of
powered flight at a time now unimaginably distant. At the very least
there is convincing evidence that hints at a much earlier age of
aviation - one now completely forgotten:
Perhaps the earliest preserved record attesting to early aviation is a Babylonian set of laws named the Halkatha. This reportedly includes a passage which reads: 'To operate a flying machine is a great privilege. Knowledge of flying is most ancient, a gift of the gods of old for saving lives'.
Other Babylonian scripts like the 'Epic of Etana' also contain references to the magical flight of Etana on the back of an enormous eagle. This eagle takes him higher and higher, and throughout the narrative there are remarkably authentic descriptions of the view that unfolds before them. This is obviously the account of someone familiar with flying. The sense of perspective, and patchwork of colour and haze, together with an accurate depiction of geographical features make this difficult to understand. Difficult that is unless the author, or someone close to him, had actually experienced the wonder of flight.
his book ‘Secrets of the Lost Races’, author Rene Noorbergen makes the
following comment: Whatever the vehicle of ascent may have been, the
'Epic of Etana' certainly supplies us with a very accurate description
of the Earth's surface from various altitudes - descriptions which were
not verified in our own era until the high altitude aerial flights of
the 1950s, and the first space shots of the 1960s.
In the same book ‘Secrets of the Lost Races’ Noorbergen also mentions a 5000 year old Chaldean manuscript the Sifr'ala. This is believed to contain a detailed account of how to build an aircraft. An archaeologist who worked on its deciferment was astonished to discover text that speaks of 'vibrating spheres, graphite rods and copper coils..' Writes Noorbergen: 'on the subject of flight the writer comments on wind resistance, gliding and stability. Unfortunately many key lines of the text are missing, making any attempt at reconstructing the craft impossible'.
Chinese flying machines
Chinese texts also contain numerous references to experimental
aircraft. Some of these have been documented to before the year 2000 BC.
Icarus and Daedalus
story of Icarus and Daedalus is almost exclusively looked at in terms
of a colourful myth. A closer look at the story however reveals a great
two aviators then headed out from Crete across the Aegean Sea. For
Icarus this was an exhilarating experience. In fact so overjoyed was he
by the thrill of it all that he forgot his fathers instructions and
soared further skywards, till the wax of the wings began to melt and he
was 'swallowed up in the deep blue waters, which are now called after
away in the Cairo Museum of Antiquities item number 6347, RM 22, was
for many years considered just a small and insignificant artifact. This
was after all no more than a tiny wooden plane discovered in a tomb
near Saqqara in 1898. For many years it was kept in a basement storage
area, where it was marked as 'bird object', and lay almost forgotten.
Dozens of examples
the years dozens of such artifacts were discovered, all bearing
testimony to an underlying knowledge of advanced aerodynamics.
These were all intriguing questions. Meanwhile another discovery of a miniature flying machine deepened the mystery still further. This was the so called Gold Jet from Colombia in South America. Considered to be well over a thousand years old, this tiny gold object was even more like a modern fighter plane. Thought to come from a pre-Incan culture, it measured just two inches long, yet posed enormous questions out of all proportion to its size.
again the Colombian plane artifact attracted considerable attention.
For here was an ancient object bearing an unquestionable resemblance to
a modern fighter plane. Aviation experts were particularly impressed. A
test pilot Jack A. Ullrich noted that the shape of the wings and the
tapering of the fuelage, implied that the original aircraft was jet
powered and capable of supersonic speeds. Critics pointed out that the
object could just as easily represent a bird or flying fish, and this
was certainly a possibility. However the strongest clue that this was
actually a depiction of a former flying machine came from the tail of
the object. This triangular upright tail-fin had no equivalent in the
animal kingdom. Moreover the resemblance to a modern fighter was
complete even to the existence of an insignia on the tail fin. This was
likened to the second letter in Hebrew alphabet - the letter beth.
the truth, the reality is that ancient knowledge of flying machines was
a world-wide phenomenon. Neither was South America limited to just this
one artifact. Elsewhere on the continent at least six very similar
artifacts were also discovered in Venezuela and Peru, and also in the
Central American state of Costa Rica.
is another country with a particularly rich tradition of ancient flying
machines. An ancient collection of sacred Hindu books, the Samaranga
Sutradhara, contains at least 200 hundred stanzas concerning almost
every aspect of flying. The International Academy of Sanskrit research
conducted a special study into this work and published its findings in
a book entitled Aeronautics, a Manuscript From the Prehistoric Past.
What emerged was a knowledge of aviation - machines, and equipment,
that came astonishingly close to what we know today.
In the Polynesian Islands of the South Pacific we find yet more references to early flight. Here local legends talk of a fair skinned people who arrived from the west aboard 'shining boats', that "flew above the sea"! Other island groups of the Pacific have similar legends of 'flying canoes' that bring with them people from afar.
Evidence - What evidence?
To many the enormous bulk of this evidence is conclusive enough. Indeed the inescapable conclusion is that thousands of years ago a form of aviation did once exist. A form of transport that enabled people to travel to and from about the world much like we do today! But if so, where are the remains of these machines? We hear no mention of them being found at archaeological sites, and presumably if they had existed we should have found some trace of them?
Age of Atlantis
The answer to this is that many of these machines were extant during the pre-catastrophe era. This was the age of Atlantis - a time, that like our own was reputed to have attained a high level of technological achievement. Then came the massive disaster that wiped it all away. If things like jet planes had existed in those times they would have been completely obliterated. Any surviving remains would have rusted and decayed. In time there would be no evidence they had ever existed. None that is except for a few artifacts from a much later culture, and written records that bore witness to this amazing era of prehistoric aviation."
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