Presuming you’ve read the headline, you’re probably thinking I was sniffing model airplane glue when I came up with the idea for this post. Well, maybe I was, and that’s none of your business, but there is evidence, to back up this crazy claim thanks to golden artifacts left behind by the Quimbaya Civilization circa 1000 CE.
The Quimbaya prospered in along the Cuaca River in what is now Quindío, Caldas and Risaralda, Colombia, beginning some time around the 6th and 7th centuries. Among their claims to fame in the history books is their impressive artistic talents using the medium of a gold and copper alloy called tumbaga.
While numerous artifacts have been recovered from the Quimbaya civilization, there are a few specific pieces that stand out. Those few pieces bear a striking resemblance to modern airplanes, which is probably why they are commonly referred to as the Quimbaya Airplanes — if you can imagine that.
The airplanes are small, perhaps the size of the average ornament on a Christmas tree, if you’re into that kind of thing, but many believe the design contains aerodynamic properties conducive to actual flight.
The artifacts are often cited by ancient astronauts proponents as evidence supporting their beliefs. It’s not a bad artifact to cite when trying to prove that argument either.
In the 1990s a scale replica of a Quimbaya airplane was built to the size of the average radio controlled airplane, equipped with an engine, and then flown without difficulty.
Of course, most mainstream history and science people say this is all just wishful thinking on the part of ancient astronaut theorists, because there is no way people had the knowledge or technology to construct viable aircraft more than 1000 years ago. The gold airplane is more than likely an homage to an insect, bird, or even just creative expression that happens to look like an aircraft.
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