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Flying Saucers And Giant Aliens Described In A Possible Declassified FBI File

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Paul SeaburnGuest Writer

Giant human-like aliens!”Flying saucers.Multidimensional beings!” When the rest of the news is bad (we’re talking about 2020 here), nothing pulls the public’s attention away from disasters, disease and doom like UFOs and aliens. That ‘could’ explain why a few media sites have pulled out the big headlines and exclamation points to reveal the possible disclosure of a decades-old FBI document about an alleged UFO and alien encounter in 1947. Roswell? There’s little indication this is the same incident. The story of what they’re referring to as Memorandum 6751 appeared this week in AlienstarThe Daily Star and Sputnik News. Yes, we know they’re not the most reliable sources, but the FBI file itself at least looks real. Let’s see what else we can find.

“These FBI files were recently leaked and in them, you can clearly see the fact that not only did they already confirm the existence of aliens out there but that they also have captured proof of these multidimensional beings that have attempted to visit our planet on multiple occasions so far.”

“The text that dates back to 1947 is especially important as it mentions the term “flying saucers” on multiple occasions. You can see the official FBI Vault yourself right here and see the fact that they’ve been lying to us all along.”

The name Memorandum 6751 comes from the number stamped on top of the memorandum. It appears to be 67 pages long, but only a blurred photocopy of the first page is shown in the story – not a good sign – and the Vault, the FBI repository of declassified files, doesn’t seem to have it under a variety of search criteria. Sputnik News claims it’s “dubbed Memorandum 6751 by UFOlogists” but a search on that term doesn’t bring anything up except these stories… and one more which we’ll discuss later.

Part of the disks carry crews, others are under remote control. 

  • Their mission is peaceful. The visitors contemplate settling on this plane. 
  • These visitors are human-like, but much larger in size. 
  • They are NOT excarnate earth people but come from their own world. 
  • They do NOT come from any “planet” as we use the word, but from an otherio planet which interpenetrates with our own and is not perceptible to us.
  • The bodies of the visitors and of the craft also, automatically materialize on entering the vibratory rate of our . . . matter. 
  • The disks possess a type of radiant energy, or a ray, which will easily disintegrate any attacking ship. They re-enter the otherio at will, and so simply disappear from our vision, without trace. 
  • The region from which they come is NOT the ‘astral plane’, but corros – ponds to the Lokas or Talas. Students of osoterio matter will understand these terms. 
  • They probably cannot be reached by radio but probably can be by radar, if a signal system can be devised for that.”

These are the bullet points listed on the alleged memorandum dated July 8, 1947 – the same day as the first press release about recovering a crashed “flying disc” on a ranch near Roswell. Coincidence? The writer is anonymous, but says he or she possesses several university degrees and was ”formerly a university department head.” The memorandum was written to the FBI and is NOT an FBI investigative report. Unlike the early Roswell reports, this memorandum refers to “living” beings “much larger in size” than humans who are visiting rather than crashing and occupy another dimension from us rather than another planet. It also does not say how the unnamed writer obtained all of this information. Alienstar says the documents were released “recently” but the video it links to shows them in 2018. Unfortunately, the other 66 pages or so are not published or linked to in the article.

However, the site Film Daily has another interesting, albeit also undocumented, revelation.

“A decade ago, a seventy page document was declassified by the FBI and put into their online database called The Vault. (How very cinematic of them.) This document is now frequently referred to as Memorandum 6751 & makes claims of inter-dimensional beings and flying saucers.”

Film Daily says Memorandum 6751 was declassified in 2010 and that’s when it allegedly appeared on The Vault. It also says it’s “frequently referred to” yet references to it seem to be non-existent. Heck, there’s not even a reference on Wikipedia!

Interesting? Definitely. A nice distraction from the bad news of 2020? Definitely. Real? Wow. This story has more red flags and holes than a minefield under inspection by a bomb-sniffing dog with a cold and more outrageous claims than a political campaign flyer. It would be nice to write the whole thing off as a hoax, like the FBI’s infamous Hottel memo (which you CAN find on Wikipedia), but 2020 is also the year of UFO disclosure. Perhaps Tom DeLonge and his group could look into it. After all, Memorandum 6751 does say:

“Flying saucers.”

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Paul Seaburn is the editor at Mysterious Universe and its most prolific writer. He’s written for TV shows such as “The Tonight Show”, “Politically Incorrect” and an award-winning children’s program. He’s been published in “The New York Times” and “Huffington Post” and has co-authored numerous collections of trivia, puzzles and humour. His “What in the World!” podcast is a fun look at the latest weird and paranormal news, strange sports stories and odd trivia. Paul likes to add a bit of humour to each MU post he crafts. After all, the mysterious doesn’t always have to be serious.

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Declassified FBI Document States That Nikola Tesla Was An Alien From Venus

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1957: : Declassified FBI Letter: Nikola Tesla Was Brought To Earth From Venus
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Jocelyne LeBlancGuest Writer

Nikola Tesla is a very well-known scientist who made numerous inventions and discoveries, such as the Tesla coil, alternating-current (AC) electricity, neon lights, artificial lightning, X-rays, and the rotating magnetic field, just to name a few. His radio technology is actually used in today’s computers, smartphones, navigation systems, satellites, missiles, and spaceships. Incredibly, in 1926, he predicted that people would eventually be able to stay connected by seeing and hearing each other no matter where they were across the planet by a small device that could fit in a pocket – decades before the smartphone was even created.

He had over 1,000 invention patents on record that included his 1905 patent called “The art of transmitting electrical energy through the natural medium” which was based on his thoughts that the Earth was an electrical generator that could supply an unlimited amount of  electricity.

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It was obvious that Tesla was an incredibly intelligent man who was ahead of his time in regards to his work. In fact, it has been said that his inventions were between 300 and 1,000 years ahead of time and that the world would be about half a century behind where we are today if it wasn’t for Tesla. This, however, led to some people believing that he was such a unique individual that he didn’t even come from our planet.

A declassified FBI document called “Interplanetary Sessions Newsletter” was written on June 14, 1957 and contained some unbelievable claims that Tesla was originally from the planet Venus. It read in part, “The Space People have visited the Tesla engineers many times, and have told us that Tesla was a Venusian, brought to this planet as a baby, in 1856, and left with Mr. and Mrs. Tesla in a remote mountain province in what is now Yugoslavia.”

Additionally, a woman named Margaret Storm, who was writing a book on Tesla’s life, was given information through a device that the scientist created in 1938 in order to conduct “interplanetary communication”. She allegedly even had contact with the “Space People”.

Nikola Tesla

The theory that Nikola Tesla originally came from Venus and was brought to Earth as a baby is certainly far-fetched even though many people do believe that there are aliens living right here on Earth (Area 51 for example). But what’s even stranger is that the FBI had that information in one of their files which ultimately raises even more questions such as why did the “Space People” reveal Tesla’s identity to the FBI and perhaps an even better question is did the FBI actually have close contact with extraterrestrials?

The entire 64-page document can be read here.

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Surreal Accounts Of Encounters With Reptilian Lizard Men

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Brent SwancerGuest Writer

There are reports of mysterious monsters and creatures from every corner of the globe, encompassing weird things of various shapes and sizes. From Bigfoot to the Loch Ness Monster, such reports are constant. Yet, there are some that seem to veer off into the realm of the truly fantastical, and among these must surely be the numerous reports of what can only be described as reptilian humanoid beings. Such encounters really go beyond the world as we know it, truly embracing the far reaches of the fringe, and here we will look at a selection of these weird accounts.

A curious encounter supposedly happened in 1977, in the wilds near Henderson, Nevada, where a woman by the name of Cherry Hinkle lived with her 13-year-old son, Marc. On this day Marc had gone out hiking with a friend and decided to explore one of the many caves of the area. Within the murk below they say they made their way to a circular chamber where they stumbled across a deeper hole down into a sheer blackness that their flashlights could barely penetrate. They decided to make their way down though the hole using some branches as a makeshift ladder, and they ventured down into more bizarreness. Hinkle would say of her son’s encounter in an article for UFO Digest:

The pit was roomy, with a short annex. Occasional debris littered the rocky floor, like a tin can or two, a battered teen magazine perched on a small outcrop of rock that served as shelf. The boys explored to main cave, then turned their attention to the short tunnel or annex…[and] heard the sounds of a voices and maybe the distance humming of machines. Intrigued by the thought of they were mining nearby, the boys went a deeper into the tunnel. On the far end, they found a rusty metal door, and near the door a strange metal rod. The one-foot rod was lightweight and resembled aluminum, with a cap on one end and a few strange engravings on one side… 

Startled, the boys heard the sound or guttural harsh voices talking, and the certain sound of approaching footsteps. The boys became frightened by the strange vocalizations and high-tailed it to their makeshift ladder and headed up toward the cave entrance on the upper level. As they exited, they heard what sounded like the metal door opening, its old metal screeching. They crawled out the tunnel opening and ran away from the cave entrance. Thinking they were safe, they breathed a sigh of relief. Without a warning, they heard a loud threatening growl. Harry and Marc looked back at the cave entrance and to their horrified eyes; they watched as a very large greenish humanoid struggled to force his big body out of narrow cave. The boys screamed and started running down the slope of the hill, running top speed! They didn’t look back until they were near my back yard.

They would show Cherry a strange, rod-like object that they had brought back from the cave with them, which had strange symbols engraved upon its side. It was smooth and metallic, and no one knew quite what to make of it. They would have gone to have it looked at by someone, but the strange creature from the cave seems to have wanted his rod back. Hinkle would say of what happened later that night:

It must have been around two in the morning when Marc shook me whispering harshly that someone is trying to get into his bedroom window. I hoped it was just a nightmare, or his nerves were still on edge. Quietly we slipped into his bedroom and listened to the sounds of scraping at the window edge! He was not mistaken—in the light of the moon I could make out the silhouette head and shoulders of a man. I was alone with my four kids, no husband to protect us, so I grabbed my flashlight; suddenly tossed the curtains open to face the man. There was a glare from the flashlight on the window, but past glare that I could clearly see a large head with ridges on the top, other ridges on his cheekbones, and the glow of golden eyes. Marc and I stood still, unmoving, both fear and shock kept us frozen. The Lizard Man didn’t move either his hand still poised in his attempt pry the window open. His hand was large, with webbed rough, gnarly looking fingers, with powerful claws. 

After a couple minutes, not seconds, but long agonized minutes with our hearts pounding I knew I had to do something. One hand still holding the flashlight beam on his face and my eyes still locked into those golden eyes, I fumbled around in the dark with my other hand, hoping to find something to use as a weapon, is needed. He glanced at my hand, looked back into my eyes. He turned his head a little, as if he was asking a questioning, he slightly opened his lipless lips, displaying four of his pointed teeth, and suddenly he turned and ran off into the desert. Later in the morning, we decided the reason the Lizard Man was breaking in the house was to reclaim that metal rod. Marc and I hiked back to the cave and placed the strange rod beside the cave entrance.”

Another weird report of some sort of lizard humanoid comes to us from the site Cryptozoology News, from a witness in Oklahoma City. The man claims to be a dispatcher, and that on this evening he was driving on his way to work at around 4 AM when something very strange came creeping up out of the night in the form of a 3-foot tall reptilian humanoid. The witness says of what happened:

I was coming off a two lane to a four lane. On my side of the road there was a culvert… it –the being– jumped up on the side of the road, standing on the curb, looking at me. It had large eyes and small pointed ears. Its eyes were orange with no glow when the headlights hit them. It had a small mouth with a nose similar to a cat. It had three toes curled over the edge of the curb with heels like a human. Extremely large thighs that matched the base of its tail. Its tail was extremely long with the huge base tapering down to no bigger than a match stick. The creature was flicking its tail, standing like an angry cat. But once it was on the move, it carried it straight out behind him. It looked as if it was calculating where it could make it across in front of me without getting hit. It made it to the center yellow line, then looked at me again before sprinting off into the woods on the opposite side of the road.

From Reddit user “DakkOhMy” we have a report from July of 2016, when he and some friends were walking home from a party along a dark rural road at around 3 AM, heading towards the home of his friend “Cole.” The witness describes the neighborhood as butting up against a vast, swampy area, and eerily dark and quiet at night, and it is a place that makes them nervous every time they pass it. This particular report starts off as what appears to be a UFO sighting, but gets much stranger as it goes on. The witness says:

Cole noticed this green ball of light fall from the sky into the swampy side of the street. Cole described is as a beach ball that had a green neon light emanating from it. He thought maybe it was a shooting star but it didn’t have any fallout or anything, and it just glided into the trees without making a sound. The weird thing is, the rest of us didn’t see it. We brushed it off and kept walking. A few minutes later we all heard this sound in the trees on the swampy side of the road. It sounded like something was rushing towards us, almost like a stampede but once it reached the treeline and the fence, it stopped. We stopped and looked at each other because at this point, we were all a little spooked, and didn’t know what to do. As we started walking again, I happen to look into the trees and I saw this creature just standing there watching us. It looked like it was over 7 feet tall, lanky, looked like it was covered in scales or some kind of rough skin and had yellowish eyes. I screamed, which of course made the guys look over and they saw him too. The thing just kept staring at us and it was super unnerving. We took off and didn’t stop until we got to Cole’s house. We shut all the blinds and locked everything up and couldn’t sleep the rest of the night. We still don’t know what we saw and we never saw it again after that. We all named the creature the “Lizardman”. We never walk down that road anymore, even if we’re at Cole’s house. We drive down that road now.

What was this thing? Another encounter comes to us from the National Cryptid Society, from a witness called “Kelly,” in Honey Grove, Texas. She says on this evening she had put her daughters to bed as usual, and was lying down trying to fall asleep when her dogs started snarling and growling in a very menacing way, as if they were very scared of something. Listening carefully, she could make out the snapping of twigs, and her first thought was that her daughter’s pony had gotten out of its enclosure. However, it would turn out to be something far stranger, and the witness says:

My eldest daughter had a Shetland pony, so in my mind I thought the Shetland had gotten loose. I got up out of bed and I went to the front door. My front door had nine panes of glass in it. Right caddy cornered from me, 25 feet from me was a streetlight, a very bright streetlight. What I saw walking across that street I will never ever forget. I saw a lizard standing on two feet with his back to me. It was just like looking at a chameleon, if you would blow it up to 7 feet, and its tail was humongous. He had crossed the road. His tail was so long that it was still halfway in the road. He was gray. I could see scales. His arms, for lack of a better word, went between his hip and his knees. He was just nonchalantly walking across the road right under the streetlight. Across the street from me were houses. Behind those houses was a sawmill. I was in shock. I had never seen or experienced anything like this before my life. My world was black and white with no gray. He never looked my way. I never left the house. It put me in shock. I was totally in shock that night. As a matter of fact, I didn’t go to sleep for the rest of the night. I just stood there looking out. I was looking at my front door long before and long after he had passed beyond my field of vision.

Just as bizarre is another report from Cryptozoology News, from a witness in Brownsville, Texas, who says that not only did he see a Lizardman, but that it was inside of his grandmother’s home, where he was staying at the time. On this evening he says that he was at home alone, as everyone else had gone out to a church service, and as he sat there watching TV he had the unshakeable sense that there was a presence nearby. On one occasion he peered down the hall after hearing a noise, and was met with the sight of a scaly hand gripping the corner. He says of what happened:

I had the kitchen light turn on and the hallway along with the rest of the home was dark. The darkest area was the hallway. I saw it and closed my eyes and shook my head, only to see its hand still holding on to that corner. It was of a blackish color and covered in scales. The fingertip nails looked almost like the ones from the alien from the movie ‘Signs’ when Mel Gibson goes to look at the bottom of the door to see what was on the other side, only to see something try to scratch him like that but also darkish black. I waited for my family to come home to tell them what I witnessed. My family kinda mocked me, and told me it was a demon messing with me for not going to church. I haven’t seen it since, but the vibe I get when I’m at my grandmother’s alone is still there. I do believe it was some type of reptilian, and I didn’t have any friends in that neighborhood, so it wasn’t a prank. No one was in that home but that thing and me.

A really outlandish tale, although aren’t they all, is from a psychotherapist and family counsellor from Claremont, California, by the name of Barbara Lamb, who also happens to be a prominent researcher of crop circles and also a regression therapist for past lives. She claims that one day a reptilian humanoid just seems to have randomly appeared in her house. Although she is typically repulsed by lizards, snakes, and other reptiles, Lamb seems to have not been bothered by this 6-foot-tall lizard man just standing there in her home. She would say in an interview with Vanity Fair Magazine:

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University mathematician decodes the crop circle with a binary code & extraterrestrial face. (Click above Image for the details.)

I was walking through my home and there was standing this reptilian being. It was three in the afternoon. I was alert and awake. I was startled somebody was there. He was radiating such a nice feeling. I went right over and had my hand out. He was taller than I, this close to me, with yellow reptile eyes. He said telepathically, ‘Ha, Barbara, good, good. Now you know that we are actually real. We do exist and have contacts with certain people.’ Then he was suddenly gone.

Reports of reptilian humanoids certainly have to take the prize for some of the more bizarre types of encounters there are out there. What are we to make of these accounts? They don’t seem to really fit into the mild of an undiscovered animal of some sort, especially the weirder of them. Are these some sort of spiritual phenomenon, aliens, perhaps something nterdimensional in nature? Or is it just people messing around and putting out fake accounts? There is no way to really know, and in the meantime these must remain firmly in the realm of the fringe.

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Back To Possible Alien Spaceship For ‘Oumuamua’

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Paul SeaburnGuest Writer

It was a strange interstellar comet, it was a stranger spaceship, it was an interstellar asteroid, it was something else, and the latest — it’s a frozen hydrogen-sicle. And now, the cigar-shaped unknown space object from another solar system is back to being a spaceship … or at least a piece of alien technology. That’s the latest from two leading astrophysicists who have been watching and commenting on ‘Oumuamua ever since it showed up unannounced in 2017 and has been inspiring debates, exploration suggestions and occasional concern ever since.

“The first interstellar object observed in our solar system, 1I/2017 U1 (‘Oumuamua), exhibited a number of peculiar properties, including extreme elongation and acceleration excess. Recently, Seligman & Laughlin proposed that the object was made out of molecular hydrogen (H2) ice. The question is whether H2 objects could survive their travel from the birth sites to the solar system.”

Like this, only hyrdrogen?

Avi Loeb, a Harvard astrophysicist, and Thiem Hoang, an astrophysicist at the Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute, sprang into action as soon as astrophysicists Darryl Seligman, University of Chicago, and Greg Laughlin, Yale University, released their research paper in May 2020 proposing that ‘Oumuamua was formed in a giant molecular cloud (GMC) and is composed of molecular hydrogen ice – a giant cigar-shaped interstellar hydrogen iceberg. Seligman and Laughlin tied their theory to the idea that outgassing or evaporating hydrogen ice wouldn’t be visible from Earth — explaining the mystery of how ‘Oumuamua could be a comet if it didn’t have a tail, especially when it accelerated out of the solar system.

“Assuming that H2 objects could somehow form in the densest regions of GMCs, we found that sublimation by collisional heating inside the GMC would destroy the objects before their escape into the ISM [interstellar medium]. We also studied various destruction mechanisms of H2 ice in the ISM. In particular, we found that H2 objects are heated by the average interstellar radiation, so that they cannot survive beyond a sublimation time of tsub ~ 10 Myr for R = 300 m (see Figure 1). Only H2 objects larger than 5 km could survive.”

Not so fast!” said Loeb and Hoang. In their response, published in The Astrophysical Journal Letters, they point out that the closest GMC is too far away for a hydrogen iceberg to survive the trip (due to the heat generated by cosmic collisions) and would probably not even survive an exit from a GNC. Loeb admits that, while this knocks ‘hydrogen iceberg’ off the “What’ is ‘Oumuamua?” list, we still don’t know for certain what it is. Fortunately, the Vera C. Rubin Observatory (VRO) is scheduled to become operational next year and he believes it will detect “one ‘Oumuamua-like object per month.” If they can’t figure out what it is with that kind of data, they need to turn in their astrophysicist club membership cards.

‘Oumuamua as alien technology disguised in a crust of space debris – proposed by Loeb in 2019 – was never disproved, just pushed down on the list of possibilities. With hydrogen iceberg joining the “Nope” list, it can move up again until the VRO collects more data or a human spaceship launched in time to catch ‘Oumuamua before it leaves the solar system.

Place your bets on your favourite now.

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The Mysterious Indian Manuscript Of Ancient Flying Machines

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Brent SwancerGuest Writer

Throughout history there have been various mysterious texts, scrolls, and manuscripts claiming to have secret or even forbidden knowledge that lies beyond our ability to comprehend it. These manuscripts come creeping up upon us through the mists of time, wreathed in mysteries that we may never understand, and they have served to propel the imagination since time unremembered. One such text must surely be an ancient Indian manuscript, which purportedly holds the secrets to amazing, fantastical flying machines well before their time,  and the veracity of which has been debated right up into the present.

In 1952, a G.R. Josyer, founder of the “International Academy of Sanskrit Research,” came forward to unveil a previously unknown text at an event exhibition of rare Sanskrit manuscripts. The text was called the Vaimānika Śāstra, meaning “The Science of Aeronautics,” supposedly dictated between the years of 1918 to 1923 to a  G. Venkatachala Sharma by the mystic Pandit Subbaraya Shastry, who said the information had come to him in flashes and dreams, and considered himself the earthly conduit of the information from the real author, the ancient sage Maharshi Bharadwaja, itself claimed to be thousands of years old and put out there freely for “the benefit of all of mankind.” The mysterious text itself was devoted to the vimānas, which were the fantastical flying chariots, thrones, carts, palaces, and other vehicles of the gods mentioned in ancient Sanskrit epics, but which according to this manuscript were actually advanced flying machines far predating any known airplanes. A news publication would say of the unveiling of this mysterious manuscript:

Mr. G. R. Josyer, Director of the International Academy of Sanskrit Research in Mysore, in the course of an interview recently, showed some very ancient manuscripts which the Academy had collected. He claimed that the manuscripts were several thousands of years old, compiled by ancient rishis, Bharadwaja, Narada and others, dealing, not with the mysticism of ancient Hindu philosophy of Atman or Brahman, but with more mundane things vital for the existence of man and progress of nations both in times of peace and war. One manuscript dealt with Aeronautics, construction of various types of aircraft for civil aviation and for warfare. Mr. Josyer showed some types of designs and drawing of a helicopter-type cargo-loading plane, specially meant for carrying combustibles and ammunition, passenger aircraft carrying 400 to 500 persons, double and treble-decked aircraft. Each of these types had been fully described.

The text styles itself as sort of a treatise on ancient Indian flying machines, giving exhaustive descriptions, diagrams, and illustrations of aerodynamics, propulsive devices, materials, and metallurgy, as well as the definition of an airplane, what a pilot is and their duties, aerial routes, food, clothing, metals, metal production, mirrors and their uses in wars, varieties of machinery, and others. The text goes into great depth on a variety of different flying vehicles. For instance, there is the Shakuna Vimana, which is shaped like a bird, measures 80 by 56 feet in dimension, and is crafted from a super-light, advanced alloy called raja loha. There is the Sundara Vimana, a giant cylindrical cone that utilizes steam and vaporized oil for energy production and is equipped with five gas engines, electrical tube wheels, and lifting fans. The Rukma Vimana is a massive, 5-tiered construct that has a 100 or 1000-foot base dimension, a 20-foot height, and an 80-foot cone height and operates on solar power. Another is the Tripura Vimana, which can move in air, on land, or through water, and which is fashioned of a fire-resistant alloy.

Every single one of these outlandish contraptions is explained in great technical detail, with elaborate illustrations of their inner workings and designs, meticulous recipes for their fuels and alloys, and it all really boggles the mind that any of this could come from thousands of years ago, as claimed. Yet the Vaimānika Śāstra became very popular immediately upon release, being translated into Hindi in 1959 and then English in 1973. Of course, considering that this information and the bizarre designs were claimed to be thousands of years old, its public reveal immediately drew the attention of UFOlogists and ancient astronaut theorists, who studied the Vaimānika Śāstra with great interest and fascination. However, the work has also drawn its share of criticism. One of the main problems with all of this is that, although the information is claimed to be from mystic ancient sources and a great sage, it was more or less released in modern times by the self-professed medium Pandit Subbaraya Shastry, who then left it to his son, Shri Venkatrama Shastry, after which it found its way into the collection of Josyer. However, Shastry has been claimed to have been a humble, honest man who never intended for his work to get out into the public eye, and he never took personal credit for any of it. It doesn’t seem as if it was an intentional hoax perpetrated by Shastry, although it might have been by his son. However, this is probably the least of the worries the veracity of this text has.

Some of the designs

Even more damning are the findings made by scientists who actually went and checked out the viability of the designs contained within the text. For instance, researchers from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore checked it out in 1974, and it did not take them very long at all to come to the conclusion that, in reality, most of the designs in the Vaimānika Śāstra simply would never actually be able to practically fly. The team found that not only are the aeronautics and geometries of the craft all wrong, but that the proposed methods of propulsion are also not viable. They even went as far as to say that the designs offended the laws of physics, that the author of the manuscript had a poor understanding of aeronautics, and stated, “If the craft is taken to mean what the drawing and the text say, it can be stated that the craft is a decided impossibility.” The study would not mince words at all when it says;

Any reader by now would have concluded the obvious – that the planes described above are the best poor concoctions, rather than expressions of something real. None of the planes has properties or capabilities of being flown; the geometries are unimaginably horrendous from the point of view of flying; and the principles of propulsion make them resist rather than assist flying. The text and the drawings do not correlate with each other even thematically. The drawings definitely point to a knowledge of modern machinery. This can be explained on the basis of the fact that Shri Ellappa who made the drawings was in a local engineering college and was thus familiar with names and details of some machinery. Of course the text retains a structure in language and content from which its ‘recent nature’ cannot be asserted. We must hasten to point out that this does not imply an oriental nature of the text at all. All that may be said is that thematically the drawings ought to be ruled out of discussion. And the text, as it stands, is incomplete and ambiguous by itself and incorrect at many places.

Ouch. There was also the researcher J. B. Hare of the Internet Sacred Text Archive, who also is blunt and harsh when he says of the origin of the manuscript and its contents:

You just have to buy into the assumption that ‘channelling’ works. … there is no exposition of the theory of aviation (let alone antigravity). In plain terms, the VS. never directly explains how Vimanas get up in the air. The text is top-heavy with long lists of often bizarre ingredients used to construct various subsystems. … There is nothing here which Jules Verne couldn’t have dreamed up, no mention of exotic elements or advanced construction techniques. The 1923 technical illustration based on the text … are absurdly un-aerodynamic. They look like brutalist wedding cakes, with minarets, huge ornithopter wings and dinky propellers. In other words, they look like typical early 20th century fantasy flying machines with an Indian twist.

The proponents for the veracity of the texts will point out that the Vaimānika Śāstra is incomplete, and that these missing parts might fill in the blanks, as well as that these would be highly advanced machines beyond our understanding. We are left with these supposed ancient texts, given to us by a seer and medium, unleashed upon the world to try and explain these mysterious machines of the gods but coming up lacking by modern scientific standards. Whatever one makes of them, they add to the rich history of texts purporting to have secret ancient knowledge, which will always have a particular allure and effect on the imagination, whether they are real or not.

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Is an author and crypto expert living in Japan. Biology, nature, and cryptozoology still remain Brent Swancer’s first intellectual loves. He’s written articles for MU and Daily Grail and has been a guest on Coast to Coast AM and Binnal of America.

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