Before the Wright brothers, the sky was conquered by daring men in amazing airships: ramshackle things were held together with nails, glue and a prayer. The hot air literally carried the balloon that brothers Joseph and Etienne Montgolfier launched on the Wild Blue Yonder. During 1783 their balloon carried them into the unknown with them huddled in a flimsy wicker basket that swung precariously below the inflated balloon. Later, the French engineer Henri Giffard flew the world’s first propeller-driven airship in 1852. Innovation and materials technology allowed the German Count Von Zeppelin to command the first rigid airship and thus glide to the harsh limits of the earth and drill the skies in 1900.
But some researchers rule out that these relatively modern advances opened the skies to navigation. They claim that humanity had only rediscovered the principles and technology of flight that humans knew before the end of the last Ice Age. They point to the possibility that the Nazca people could fly high above the plains in hot air balloons as recently as 1,000 years ago. They also refer to the famous ancient Indian planes, the legendary Vimanas. And now they reveal the hidden history of the majestic sky ships that once ruled the challenging skies of the legendary lost super-city of ancient times: the ancient airships of Atlantis…
The balloon rises in the air, Nazca.
The balloons of the Nazca plains
Could the ancient Nazca people have built hot air balloons and directed the giant works of art etched into the arid plains below them? Researcher Jim Woodman believes it would be possible using the materials the Nazca people used in their daily lives, so he approached Julian Nott, the founder of the modern ballooning movement.
Nott listened to Woodman’s idea and although skeptical decided to see if it was really possible.
“When Jim Woodman approached me with his idea that the people who created the Nazca lines could have seen it from hot air balloons I was intrigued but skeptical. We even successfully flew in a balloon that could have been built by the Nazca people a thousand years ago. And while I see no evidence that the Nazca civilization will fly, it is beyond question that they could have flown.
If the Nazca people could have made hot air balloons, why not other civilizations? Nott addresses this question.
“And so could the ancient Egyptians, the Romans, the Vikings, any civilization. With only a loom and fire you can fly! This raises interesting questions about the development of science and, above all, the intellectual courage to dare to fly, to dare to invade the territory of angels.” [Born]
The mystery of the Vimanas
The ancient Indian Veda texts, long thought to be related to religious mysticism, have been given a glimpse in the last 100 years. The investigations revealed an impressive summary of an advanced civilization that existed before the end of the last Ice Age. That civilization encompassed a region that is now part of India and may have contended with other advanced states situated in what is now the Gobi Desert of Mongolia.
In recent decades especially, some researchers of the ancient culture described in the ancient Sanskrit writings have tried to convince archaeologists outside of India that an incredible culture existed and the texts (or at least parts of them) are real history and not myth.
His claims are bolstered by the accidental discovery of surprising artifacts and additional ancient writings found in other documents preserved in Indian museums and universities: detailed descriptions of aircraft built by the ancients. The texts not only describe the engineering, but also describe its construction and flight characteristics.
Other sections of the Veda texts describe aerial warfare and an atomic war between a city-state in what is now northern India and an unnamed city located somewhere in the Gobi desert.
There is a region in the Gobi desert that is radioactive and the sand has melted into nodules of green glass.
That part of the Gobi desert is still radioactive is incredible, but another discovery made during the 1990s dwarfs the radioactive sands of Mongolia: the remains of an ancient city in northern India that is still highly radioactive. That find sent some archaeologists from the University of India fighting over the site.
Remembering the Vímana Rock art from thousands of years ago after the fall of the Indian super-state.
And then a very strange artifact, the Aiud Wedge, first unearthed in 1973, got another look: a machined piece of metal made from an aluminum alloy. Originally believed to be 400 years old, new evidence has determined that it is from 18,000 BC, from the Pleistocene, almost 20,000 years before the discovery of aluminum in modern times.
Stranger still, some experts believe the artifact may be part of a ship’s landing gear…possibly from one of the ancient Indian flying machines called Vimana described in the Veda texts. [See: 20,000-Year-Old Aluminum Aircraft Landing Gear Discovered]
airships of atlantis
The legends of Atlantis are steeped in the myths of many cultures dating back thousands of years. The Greek Plato who referred to the city — ancient even in his day — described it as a great island beyond the Pillars of Hercules.
Other researchers believe that its location was off the coast of Spain, near the Bimini Islands in the Caribbean, even that it was located in what is now Antarctica. Although the south pole is unlikely and has been covered with ice for millions of years, it is certainly “beyond the Pillars of Hercules.”
Although much has been written about Atlantean technology, including that the “lost continent” had underwater ships, motorized vessels, a mysterious power crystal that supplied electricity to the main city. However little has been written of the airships that sailed the skies and explored the four corners of the world at that time.
The first book to address the possibility of spacecraft flight was William Scott-Elliot in his book The Story of Atlantis and the Lost Lemuria published in 1909. [Free book download available here and here.]
Artist’s rendering of an Atlantean submarine
Scott-Elliot describes the incredible technology and aircraft that sailed the skies in silent majesty using a power lost in ancient times and still unknown today. However, he does not rely on artifacts, texts, or physical evidence to support his incredible claims. Scott-Elliot divined the machinery of Atlantis in periodic sessions of what is now called ‘Remote Viewing’.
Sumerian art, including what may have been an ancient Vimana
Remote Viewing, believed by the CIA and the Pentagon, grew out of work done decades earlier by respected scientists like electronics genius Michael Faraday.
American physicists Harold E. Puthoff and Russell Targ teamed up with the Laboratory for Electronics and Bioengineering at the Stanford Research Institute. As his investigation began to produce measurable results, the Pentagon became interested. At the same time, the CIA and Military Intelligence followed the course of the paranormal and psychic experiments carried out by the Soviets and the Chinese.
Scott-Elliot used techniques similar to remote viewing to discern exactly what the Atlanteans did and how their society worked. He also investigated the missing land of Lemuria.
In his book on the construction of airships he wrote: “The material with which airships were built was wood or metal. The previous ones were built of wood — the platforms used are extremely thin, however the injection of a substance that did not add material to the weight, gave it hardness like leather, provided the necessary combination of lightness and resistance. When the metal was used it was usually an alloy — two white metals and one red metal went into its composition. The resultant was white in color, like aluminum and lighter in weight. A large sheet of this metal was spread over the rough structure of the ship, which was then beaten into shape and electrically welded where necessary. However, if it was constructed of metal or wood, its outer surface was perfectly smooth and seemingly seamless, and it glowed in the dark as if it were coated with luminous paint. In shape they were ship-like, but they were invariably covered, for if she went full speed it could not have been convenient, even safe, for anyone on board to remain on the upper deck. Its propeller and steering gear could be launched at each end.”
A very detailed description, but no more so than the CIA remote viewing team describing Soviet military complexes that were later confirmed by espionage missions flown by supersonic surveillance aircraft, the SR-71 Blackbird.
That the Atlanteans may have had airplanes is supported by some tidbits of information that survived the destruction of the great library in Alexandria. Surviving pieces of parchment detail much of ancient history that has been lost in modern times.
It is also believed by some scholars that Atlantis existed at the same time as the super-state of ancient India some 15,000 to 20,000 years ago. The two may even have had trade agreements and if the Empire of Rama (which is referred to today) has flown in Vimanas, then the Atlanteans probably had their own airships.
World Mysteries writes of the Indian and Atlantean empires: “the so-called Rama Empire of northern India and Pakistan developed at least 15,000 years ago on the Indian subcontinent and was a nation of many large and sophisticated cities, many of which are still They can be found in the deserts of Pakistan, North, and West India. Rama apparently existed parallel to the Atlantean civilization in the Atlantic Ocean and was ruled by “enlightened priest-kings” who ruled the cities, the seven great capitals of Rama being known in classical Hindu texts as The Seven Cities of Rishi.”
But skeptics of the existence of Atlantis — let alone Atlantean airships — are legion. It is doubtful that they will ever accept evidence of ancient airships unless an archaeological dig accidentally uncovers them in the future.