Inca artifact proven to be a replica of an ancient… aircraft!
In the 1950s, North American scholars became aware of a series of 1.000 years old Inca aircraft-like gold artifacts, sent by Colombian government to further analysis in the USA. The conclusion of mainstream archeologists was that the artifacts were nothing but “stylized ceremonial birds“. These small gold figurines are approximately two inches in length and
estimated to date between 500 and 800 BCE from the civilization nerve, Chimu, or Mochica. Some archaeologists have suggested that the figures depict animals, however, this seems most unlikely…
In the 1970s, maybe compelled by Erich Von Dänniken’s theory of the “Ancient Astronauts“, the biologist-zoologist Ivan T. Sanderson did new analysis in such objects and concluded that they were models of a high-speed aircraft with, at least, a thousand years old. He was supported by Dr. Arthur Poyslee, of the Aeronautical Institute of New York, that stated the objects represented no winged animal.
Anyway, they didn’t get the due attention and the subject fell into oblivion until the late 1990s, when two German aeronautical engineers, Algund Eenboom and Peter Belting, dug the Inca artifacts back into scene, built a propeller-powered scaled replica of one of the artifacts and performed a flight test in 1997, during the Ancient Astronaut Society World Conference in Orlando, Florida. They didn’t any modification in their replica, keeping the exact aerodynamic characteristics of the Inca objects, that were proven actual replicas of 100% functional aircrafts, after the stunning well successful test flight!