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The Flight of the German Flying Saucer, Feb. 1945

Updated on March 6, 2012

Nazi Flying Saucer

The base were the project was at. The arrow indicates the hangar.
The base were the project was at. The arrow indicates the hangar.
A rare photo of the saucer in flight.  Hard to tell if this was  not doctored. This photo also was found in a letter dated 1944 of the eyewitness.
A rare photo of the saucer in flight. Hard to tell if this was not doctored. This photo also was found in a letter dated 1944 of the eyewitness.
A translation of a letter from its test pilot in 1965.
A translation of a letter from its test pilot in 1965.

The Germans had created numerous weapons that were so far advanced of the Allies in world War Two. The most famous were Volkswagens with air cooled engines, rifles that could fire around corners, unmanned and guided missiles capable of hitting England, jet aircraft capable of flying over 700 mph, preliminary work on the atomic bomb, and their most secret development, flying saucers.

I know, the mere mention of flying saucers conjure up UFOs, Area 51, X Files, and the whole 1950's fixation on them. The thing is, is that there is some evidence that American soldiers did come upon remains and actual engineering plans to build them. These saucers were not powered by some sort of unearthly powerplant but existing jet and rocket engines used in their Me-252 jets and rocket engines used in their A-4 rockets and those in the Me-162 Komet, all were operational in 1944-45.

Development on the saucer designs began in 1941-43 at the Prag, Czechslovakia, airbase under Ernst Udet and its main engineer was Georg Klein. In 1944, the SS took control of the secret project.

These were not big projects involving many people, but small groups assigned this special task. When the Americans captured saucer plans from another leading engineer named Schriever, the Americans thought it was science fiction. But after extensive interrogation, both Klein and Schriever, put many doubts aside.

According to Klein, a saucer flew on February 14, 1945. According to one witness and test pilot, another saucer flight occurred as early as August or September,1943, at this facility. This saucer was about 15 to 18 feet in diameter and about as tall as a man. It was "aluminum" in color and sat on four thin, long legs. It flew to 900 ft. in one test flight. Fifteen prototypes were built in all. Another engineer, Rudolf Lusar, who worked in the German Patent Office, told Americans the saucer he saw had a central cockpit surrounded by rotating adjustable wing-vanes forming a circle. These vanes were held together by a band at the outer edge of the wheel-like device. When taking off, the vanes were adjusted to provide more lift and change angle. In level flight, the angle would be adjusted to nearly flat, giving the appearance form a distance, it was solid. The wing-vanes were set in rotation by small rockets placed around the rim. Once rotational speed was sufficient, lift-off was achieved and the horizontal jets or rockets were ignited. The saucer moved forward as helicopter. Because of the jet engines, either Junkers Jumo 004 or Walther HWK109, rapid horizontal flight resulted, much like the Me-163 that could reach 30,000 ft in a few minutes. Klein stated that in one test, the saucer climbed to 37,000 feet in three minutes and attaining a speed around that of the sound barrier. Obviously. rocket engines were being used. He claims that it achieved a speed of Mach 1 (about 750miles per hour). Again, some Me-162's reported 700 mph. By April 15, 1945, the Russians were near and the saucer prototype(s) at Prag were pushed out of their hangars and destroyed. It was Schriever, according to his own statements, that packed the saucer plans in the trunk of his BMW and with his family drove into Southern Germany, until the Americans captured him and took the them.

Only a few photos exist and as usual, they are not very good quality. Like anything revolving around this topic, there is doubt and suspicion about the photos. However, enough proof in direct witness testimony from a test pilot and two engineers who worked on them is convincing. They would have not reason to lie then or later in the 1950's-60's. The performance specs also match the German jet engines that were in both the Me-262 and Me-163, 162, all were operational. Creating a flying saucer propelled with any of these jet engines could have been done.

In the late 1940's and later, the sudden UFO appearances in the USA might had been saucers based upon the German plans captured. It is logical because after the war their missile technology and leading engineers were also in America and would eventually create America's first rockets.


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      perrya 5 years ago

      I think the only problems they had were a lack of time, interest and aerodynamic issues and lack of material to built them. In any case, it is interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      This is the first I have heard of the design and testing of saucer type aircraft. It certainly puts some myths to rest with the strong evidence. Thanks for sharing. Voted interesting and awesome!