The Quimbaya Airplanes
The Quimbaya artifacts are some of the most famous artifacts ever found in Colombia. Made by the Quimbaya civilization, they are dated between 1000 B.C. - 1000 A.D. What’s most curious is how closely they resemble modern airplane designs. What makes these airplane models so amazing is that they are
aerodynamically accurate. In 1994, German aeronautical engineers Peter Belting and Conrad Lubbers created larger scale radio-controlled models of these artifacts. They proved that the designs fly with both simple single-propeller power and jet power. The astonishing reality of these artifacts sets in when one considers that mechanical flight had not been invented until the Wright Brothers flights in 1903. How then, could the pre-Columbians of 1000 B.C., understand the advanced concepts of aerodynamic lift and design? Just another one of our world’s fascinating mysteries.