It is merely quintessential quaintness in a vertical, upright rectitude
towards a grammatical virtue that  leads into free-spirited expression.
Aliens from another world?  Were the first earthmen astronauts?
Did delta-winged jet aircraft zoom across the skies above the country that is now known as
Columbia, 1,000 years ago -- buzzing the golden temples as the warrior priests called the people to
worship?  The answer is that there are several prehistoric aircraft of ultramodern design currently
on display, the most famous of which is on show at the State Bank in Bogota.

The Bogota model looks somewhat like a modern B52 bomber from the front.  The pilot's cockpit
lies directly behind the streamlined nose, protected by a windshield, and the delta-shaped wing
are slightly rounded at the edges like those of the Concorde.  Two stabilizing fins and an upright
tail complete this Inca aircraft.

For centuries archaeologists called this Bogota aircraft a religious artifact, possibly meant to
represent a fish or a bird; but after the model was tested in a wind tunnel at the Aeronautical
Institute in New York, Dr. Arthur Poyslee said:
The possibility that this aircraft is meant to represent a fish or a bird is very slight.  One cannot
imagine a bird with such geometrical wings and high vertical fins

And after viewing the model,
Chariots of the Gods, author Erich Von Daniken said: "Who could be so
dreary and unimaginative as to interpret these model aircraft as birds or flying fish?

Columbian archaeologist Dr. Helene de Reyes-Scott says that seen from above the Bogota model
shows no animal characteristics whatsoever, but it does reveal surprisingly modern mechanical
ones.  She exclaims:  "
The little craft has ailerons on the wings and there is a definite air scoop just
forward of the cockpit.  No fish or bird has a single, upright, perpendicular tail - but airplanes do.  In
fact, the tail is like the one seen on many modern warplanes, especially low-level attack bombers like
the British Tornado

In his book "Investigating The Unexplained," the late science writer Ivan T. Sanderson says he
submitted pictures and a cast of one of the Inca aircraft to German aviation expert Jack A. Ullrich,
who responded:  
The first impression I got from this thing...was that it represented some form of aircraft, and a high
performance one at that.  With its delta wings it looks like an F-102 fighter.  The cockpit could contain
one, two, or more persons...and could have been streamlined with a bubble over the cockpit.  In fact,
since the delta-wing configuration implies high-performance -- by which I mean speed -- it would be a
necessity.  The body is nicely tapered and has enough volume to allow installation of a power plant,
which should be a turbo-jet engine.  This object spells out but one thing to me -- J..E..T
." (Ullrich's

Dr. de Reyes-Scott says that a large number of radiocarbon dates have been obtained from organic
matter and charcoal deposits which have been found near the little aircraft models, which have
been found from Costa Rica to the borders of Venezuela and south to Peru, as she stated below:

All the dates point to a date of manufacture of between 500 and 800 A.D.  So the little aircraft models
are at least 1,000 years old and more.  I'm sorry to disappoint some of my fellow archaeologists, but
these are not models of fish or birds, but almost exact replicas of jets or rocket craft that flew in the
skies above South America while Europe was still in the Dark Ages

According to Dr. Reyes-Scott...the planes, which were probably used for long-range
reconnaissance missions, were either flown by extraterrestrials or were piloted by Inca warrior
priests who were given the secret technology by the aliens.  
Those same ancient astronauts may also have given the early South American peoples an even
more valuable gift -- earthmoving equipment!

A model of a modern-looking backhoe with a dozer-bucket attachment in the front was uncovered
on the southern coast of Panama, to the west of the canal.  It now is on display at the Museum of
the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.  Like the golden airplanes, Dr. Reyes-Scott says the
artifact is grossly mislabeled, being described as a "jaguar."  More quotes from her:

The object is covered with mechanical devices, including two rather obvious cogwheels.  The front of
the object is in the shape of a large motor engine and in front of that is a dozer bucket with
shovel-shaped teeth along its rim.  Two huge headlights are placed on either side of the motor.  The
'tail' -- which has the cogwheels on the end -- is rectangular and is shaped exactly like a modern
back-hoe.  The jaguar comparison is absurd.  It is what the artists intended it to look like -- a piece of
heavy, earthmoving equipment

Recent archaeological evidence puts man in South America as long as 250,000 years ago. As the
New York Times reported in 1972: "
Archaeologists...have found relatively sophisticated stone tools in
an ancient Mexican stream bed.  These tools were considerably more advanced than [those] used in
Europe and Asia 250,000 years ago...the least sophisticated were of a type used in the Old World 35,000
to 40,000 years ago

It seems that the South Americans, even earlier in history, were 200,000 years more advanced than
the Stone Age peoples of Europe and Asia.  Could careful nurturing by ancient astronauts be the
answer?  Dr. Reyes-Scott says:

It is highly probable that ancient astronauts first helped the people of South America before moving
on to Europe and other places.  They taught the Inca the principles of flight and even showed them
how to build jet aircraft.  I am convinced the great pyramids of South America and later Egypt were
constructed using heavy earthmoving equipment supplied by
the aliens.  The Inca knew how valuable
these gifts were -- that is why they made models of them in their most precious metal -- gold.  I don't
believe these alien astronauts have ever completely left us.  The recent surge in UFO activity all over
the world tells me they are still out there; and they are still willing to teach us -- if only we will listen

Editor's Comment:  
This is another great chapter within the primary query, "Were the first Earthmen Astronauts?"  I like
how at the end of this article, we get to bring up the interesting topic of "how the ancient pyramids
were constructed?"  Me, along with a few other people I've talked to about this subject, have all
wondered and/or believed that man had to have "outside, otherworldly help" to erect and create
those giant pyramids along with other monolithic things that isn't mentioned on this page.  If one
really starts thinking about it, the perfect time for aliens to enter a planet that is already inhabited,
is during its most primitive state.  Then again, who is to say that the aliens didn't create us to start
with.  However, if they did or didn't alter or create our species, it doesn't matter - but regardless,
they have been here before and hopefully shall return in a conspicuous, prominent fashion as
opposed to the pop-up sightings you often hear about that are usually utter fictitious baloney.

Look below, for the complete list of chapters on this topic. Cheers!
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