Ancient Aircraft Legends and Theories
Generally when one thinks of historical aircraft, names such as the Wright Brothers come to mind. Those who stepped up to attempt manipulating a vehicle through the skies led to those who were successful in that achievement. Today, we as a human race have far surpassed the airplanes in this universe and have now seen aircraft that travels through space. But is this happening for the first time in our generation – or is it possible that it happened once before?
In reading the legends of ancient gods and goddesses from different areas of the world, one common theme comes up – chariots that would fly across the sky. While it may seem to many that those descriptions are simply ancient man’s way of trying to explain what couldn’t be understood at the time, others maintain that it is quite possible they haven’t been credited for how much they did know. Ancient crumbling walls are adorned with hieroglyphics and woodcuts that depict what almost looks like aircraft of some kind. There are also references to ‘people of the sky’. Were they the mythical gods of long ago or was there knowledge of ‘flying machines’ even in those days of early civilization?
Examination of some of our most popular ancient cultures shows that indeed there is compelling data that indicates depictions and legends of people flying in aircraft. Is it proof positive? Of course not, but it certainly gives one pause to acknowledge the concept was there – and if the concept was there, it is not a far stretch to theorize that the technology existed as well.
Ancient Aircraft Vimanas of India
In one of the two great epics of ancient India, “The Mahabharata”, speaks of the ‘vimanas’. The word itself translates to mean ‘traversing’ or ‘having been measured out’, and is used in reference to temples and chariots alike. In one section of the Mahabharata, celestial chariots are referenced as being two storied with a multitude of windows. being propelled by the power of the elements. In the Hindu Vedas, as well as other ancient texts, these celestial ‘chariots’ were used as military weapons as well as travel throughout the solar system.
With no actual remains of aircraft in the areas of India that are described in the legends, all of the theories about ancient ‘flying machines’ are simply speculation. The references in the old stories are very compelling, signifying that at least the thought of air travel and what lay beyond the skies was a prevalent one. Some of the imagery was clearly meant to tell a story, such as the celestial chariots of the gods were pulled by animals, however some of the descriptions sounded much like the way airplanes and even spacecraft sounds today. The Trichakra Ratha was described as a three wheeled vehicle which flew through the air and the Vaayu Ratha is referenced as a chariot propelled by the wind in the oldest of the Hindu texts, the Rig Veda.
The Ramayana, one of the great battles in Hindu mythology speaks of Ravana, the antagonist in the story, having a many-windowed flying chariot which he used to kidnap his enemy’s wife as well as use in battle. Some of the indentations in the landscape of what is now Sri Lanka have often been speculated to have been landing strips for these aircraft thousands of years ago.
Aircraft and Ancient Egypt
Hieroglyphics that have been found on the walls of ancient tombs in Egypt tell the stories of the human beings that were here before. Some of those stories are subject to interpretation and the many figures that appear to be flying or have a wing span have of course been assumed to be birds. And yet – in the Cairo Museum of Antiquities, there are ancient artifacts that indicate maybe these drawings had more meaning than is popularly accepted. In particular, a small wooden figure that was found in 1898 was placed in a rather obscure spot in the museum at Cairo – that is until an archaeologist by the name of Dr. Kahlil Messiha came across the artifact in 1969. He noted that it resembled a modern airplane and began to study it, along with other similar artifacts more extensively.
Again with no actual records other than the translations of the legends and some interesting figures and drawings–nothing conclusively says that ancient Egyptians were flying through the air in machines. However, what is interesting to note is that the Egyptians often designed small models of something about to be built. It’s not so hard to fathom that these artifacts are glimpses into the minds of human beings thousands of years ago.
Of course we have been told that there is no possible way these things could have existed, but considering that none of us were there at the time and we are simply relying on translations of drawings whose full meaning may not be yet deciphered – can we be so sure?
Aircraft and Ancient Greece
The legends of the Greek gods and goddesses are some of the most popular in mythology. Again, in these stories, there are elements of air travel referenced, such as Daedalus and Icarus.
The legends of the Greek gods and goddesses are some of the most popular in mythology. Again, in these stories, there are elements of air travel referenced, such as Daedalus and Icarus. Daedalus was a highly intelligent skilled engineer and inventor who lived with his son on the Isle of Crete. Daedalus was forever attempting to create as much as he could with his own hands and ingenuity, often being inspired by the nature and elements around him. Watching the eagles fly, he was compelled to be able to do this himself with handmade wings that could glide through the air as these birds did.
The legend says that he took eagle feathers and bound them with beeswax. Before he could test these ‘wings’, he received word that his enemy Minos and his soldiers would be attacking. He and Icarus took a chance on the wings that had not been tested and began to take flight. Unfortunately, as the story goes, Icarus became too heady with the power of mastering flight and reached such an elevation that his wings came apart and he fell to his death into the sea.
While this is a legend, there are other accounts of ancient Greece and aircraft. The great Greek philosopher and politician Archytas who was said to have lived between 400 and 300 BC also is alleged to have constructed a wooden device that had the shape and design of a bird – and according to some, he was able to get it to fly short distances. Again, as with other cultures, there are drawings and artifacts that some believe to be renderings of ancient birds while others remain convinced it is evidence of aircraft being around in the early years of civilization.
Aircraft and the Ancient Chinese
China has offered much in the way of technology, and in ancient times, we again see accounts of air travel. Several Chinese texts refer to an inventor by the name Lu Ban, born around 500 years BC. He engineered many inventions such as a siege ladder and naval gear for boats during wartime. He was also credited in these texts for creating a ‘wooden bird’ propelled only by the wind that was said to have been able to remain in the air for several days. The inspiration behind this invention was said to have been the fact that he was kept away from his wife and children due to his work. The ‘bird’ would fly him back and forth so he could spend time with his family.
It is plain to see that there are many ancient civilizations that have recorded the building and use of aircraft. The drawings on the walls as well as the carvings of small objects that, while possibly renderings of birds, do uncannily resemble modern airplanes. The epics and verses of their history speak about technology and flying which suggest that traveling through the air in a machine was something that was conceived of thousands of years before the Wright Brothers were even born.
But how is this possible? In looking at the history of aviation, the earliest records of flight as we know it are from the middle to late 18th century. How could it be that civilizations in ancient times could even conceive of, let alone invent ‘flying machines’? As unlikely as it may seem, there are certainly enough remaining artifacts and ancient writings that show that at the very least, these cultures were reaching beyond what could easily be grasped. We are moving forward in technology at an incredible rate, but what if that happened before? What if ancient civilizations really were as advanced as some believe and because of becoming too dependent on this technology, created their own downfall? Are we destined to do the same?
Written by Angela Sangster, Copyright 2012 AlienUFOTruth.com