Raumflug and the World of Tomorrow

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'Du sieh'st zum Raum wird hier die Zeit.'
Parsifal                       Richard Wagner

Dr. Hermann Oberth, who pioneered rocket design for the German Reich during World War II and later advanced rocket technology for the American manned space launches, cryptically stated,
We cannot take the credit for our record advancement in certain scientific fields alone; we have been helped.
When asked by whom, he replied:
The people of other worlds.

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While the Third Reich made sure to eradicate the bewildering maze of occult orders, esoteric societies and Volkische movements the minute it came into power, it strangely left that other field with its many connections to the occult underground, that of science fiction, largely untouched.
Thus, when the might of the German war machine unleashed its Blitzkrieg (lightening war) on an ill prepared Europe - its new strategic formula and technological terror tactics were reminiscent of that early sub-genre in science fiction entitled the 'Future War Tale'.
While the sirens of the Stuka dive bombers, howling like the legendary Walkuren, transformed whole cities into hellish cauldrons of the alchemical Prima Materia, other minds in Germany kept on dreaming of soaring space ships and the conquest of space.
The history of early German space flight and rocket development is complex and riddled with unexpected esoteric influences.
Then there is the strong yearning to return to a mythical fatherland, that between the two world wars not always translated itself in earthly geographical coordinates.
One fitting example of this is found in a German film that was thought lost forever.
Only recently a copy of this film, entitled 'Wunder Der Schöpfung' (The Miracle Of Creation), has been found.

'Wunder Der Schöpfung' - 1927
'Wunder Der Schöpfung' was to be, in the words of one critic, UFA's greatest achievment.
UFA put itself more and more in the mind-frame necessary for its most ambitious project yet: Fritz Lang's 'Metropolis', that was relased in 1927, two years after 'Wunder Der Schöpfung'. Contrary to 'Metropolis' that obtained only a lukewarm reception, 'Wunder Der Schöpfung' was a tremendous hit.
It still is a remarkable film with for that time highly ingenious and elaborate special effects.

In the context of Germany's Kulturfilm phenomenon, 'Wunder der Schöpfung' was among the greatest achievements of the 1920s.
The production was constructed, rehearsed, and shot over a period of two and a half years, under the supervision of Hanns Walter Kornblum.
The idea to describe the universe and man's place in it well suited UFA's Grossfilm mentality, one year before 'Metropolis'.
Hundreds of skilled craftsmen participated in the project, building props and constructing scale models drawn by 15 special effects draughtsmen, while 9 cameramen in separate units worked on the historical, documentary, fiction, animation, and science-fiction sequences.
Without star roles or even protagonists, the film's plot is crowded with meticulously structured and skillfully acted single scenes an artful mosaic of small vignettes.
No less than four credited university professors ensured the factual background behind the scientific and historical events portrayed.
The film's symbol of progress and the new scientific era is a spacecraft, travelling through the Milky Way, making all the planets and their inspiring worlds familiar to us, with the extravaganza of their distinctive features.
There is also a general feeling amongst connoisseurs that certain scenes might have served as a template for Stanley Kubrick's 2001.
In the film a German scientific team travels through the universe in a spacecraft that serves as the symbol of progress and an age of new technologies, explaining all that is to be seen. 'Wunder Der Schöpfung' was not meant as lighthearted science fiction
Instead, the film that was meant as an educational device begun in 1923.
'Jetzt gehort und Deutschland, morgen das ganse Sonnensystem' (Now Germany belongs to us, tomorrow the whole solar system), as thetrilogy coyly states, is the apt slogan.
One could, perhaps, remark that, since Germany had lost most of its colonies, space formed the final formidable frontier.
One author who envisioned the path to solar conquest in the dream-tanks of the Third Reich was Walter Heichen (1876 - 1970).
His 'Jenseits der Stratosphäre. Erlebnisse zwischen Mond und Erde. Eine Erzählung für die Jugend' (On the Other Side of the Stratosphere. Experiences between the Moon and the Earth. A Story for the Youths) was published in 1931 and was reprinted in 1939 as 'Luftschiff im Weltenraum' (Airship in Space).
Heichen, who lived in Berlin, already had published propaganda lecture to kindle pattriotic interest during the outbreak of the First World War.
During the Third Reich his pattriotism adhered to the National Socialist cause.
In Heichen's book, the protagonists travel to the planet of Sigma, where they encounter highly developed humanoids.
Heichen died in Berlin in 1970.
In 1925, a chronically ill and impoverished engineer in Vienna devoted himself entirely to space travel.

'Das Problem der Befahrung des Weltraums -
der Raketen-motor'
Herman Potočnik (1892 - 1929), published in 1928 his only book, 'Das Problem der Befahrung des Weltraums - der Raketen-motor' (The Problem of Space Travel, the Rocket Motor) was published.
The Verein für Raumschiffahrt also published a magazine titled 'Die Rakete' (The Rocket), from 1927 till 1929,
Gernsback, born in 1884 as Gernsbacher, at ten years of age was an insatiable reader.
At that time he found a translation of Percival Lowell's 'Mars as the Abode of Life'.
He devoured the book and went into a delirious phase that lasted two days, during which he rambled almost non-stop about the Martians and their technology, a theme to which he would return in later years.
This experience would prove a pivotal point in the life of young Gernsbacher.

'Die Rakete'
In 1904, then still named Gernsbacher, he went to the United States and changed his name into Gernsback. There he would come to know inventors like Tesla, de Forrest, Fessenden and Grindell-Matthews.
Gernsback would also publish an impressive list of science fiction magazines and coin the very phrase 'science fiction'.
As such, a case is to be made for Germany as the birthplace of 20th century weird and science fiction magazine publishing.
Recent years have seen the emergence of information about a crashed UFO in the Black Forrest in 1936, which was spirited away by the SS.
There it was to be dismantled and dilligently studied by members of the Vril Society.

 'Algol' - 1920 - UFA
The possibility of alien technology that has fallen into the hands of a select group, was already the subject of a film in Germany in 1920.
Just two years after the defeat of Germany in the First World War, a little known silent film was released.
Entitled 'Algol', it tells the story of a superior extraterrestrial from the Dogstar, who donates incredible technology that enables a wealthy industrialist to enslave the world by this free energy device.
Lost for decades, copies of the film have surfaced in recent years.
The first image is of the alien being, poised far away in the eternal blackness of the universe. The second the industrialist poised over the weird extraterrestrial technology.
One wonders how a film like 'Algol' helped transform the ancient intelligences, the angelic beings and the demons of old, into alien entities from far away planets. All in the strange and feverish undercurrents of the German occult.


Field propulsion is the concept of spacecraft propulsion where no propellant is necessary but instead momentum of the spacecraft is changed by an interaction of the spacecraft with external force fields.
The existence of World War Two German field propulsion flying saucers is a topic which is denied by most authorities on aviation history.

The problem is that in the years immediately following the Second World War the earth's skies suddenly began to be populated by flying craft which did some remarkable things.
They flew at unheard of speeds.
They made very sharp turns, seemingly non-aerodynamic turns, even at this extreme speed.
They lacked the glowing tail of jets or rockets, but they glowed or gave off light at night from their periphery, or from the whole craft.
They were silent or almost silent.
Sometimes they gave off sounds that an electric generator or motor might make.
Sometimes vehicles with electrically based ignition systems ceased to operate in the presence of these 'saucers', and by all accounts these 'saucers' were solid and material in nature. 
No government claimed these flying craft, yet they were seen all over the world.
The press and popular culture attributed these unusual craft to an extraterrestrial source, yet after over fifty years, no real proof for this assertion has ever come to light.

 Raumflug & Aliens

After a crashed spacecraft was discovered in the Black Forest (Schwarzwald), near Freiburg in 1936, the 'Geheimnisvolles Korps' - (Occult Corps) built the Institute for Science and Mysticism (Das Institut für Wissenschaft und Mystizismus), also known as "Walhalla" which was designated an 'X Lab, to examine the wreck.
In fact, as a result, the Institute’s "X-Labs" acquired so a great quantity of science and technology, far beyond mankind’s current knowledge base, that soon various X-Labs were constructed in several other locations throughout Germany, including Castle Erlangen, Castle Heidenheim, Castle Höllenhammer, Castle Naudabaum, Castle Nuremburg, Castle Wolfenstein.

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The crashed spacecraft was significant because the Vril Society, which had been incorporated into the 'Ahnenerbe', believed that Aryans were a creation of the 'Black Sun' - which is a form of Swastika, and had originated close to the Pliades, from a planet orbiting the star الدبران Aldaberan (which translates literally as "the follower" presumably because this bright star appears to follow the Pleiades, or "Seven Sisters" star cluster in the night sky).
The upshot of this belief was that the Aryans were originally aliens.
And this information came from Maria Orsitsch, in cooperation with the occultist Baron Rudolf von Sebottendorf, the Gurdjeff disciple Karl Haushofer, the engineer and ace pilot Lothar Waiz, Prelate Gernot of the secret "Societas Templi Marcioni" (The Inheritors of the Knights Templar).
Maria Orsitsch
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Maria Orsitsch was born in Vienna.
Her father was a Croatian and her mother was a German from Vienna.
Maria Orsitsch was the head of the 'Alldeutsche Gesellschaft für Metaphysik' (The All German Society for Metaphysics), founded in the early 20th century, as a female circle of mediums who were involved in extraterrestrial telepathic contact.

The society was later renamed the ‘Gesellschaft für Vrilerinnen Frauen'.
In 1917 Maria Orsitsch is said to have made contact with extraterrestrials from Aldebaran with her female Vril circle.
In December 1919 a small circle of persons from the Thule Gesellschaft, the Vril Society and the DHvSS - 'Die Herren vom Schwarzen Stein' met in a specially rented forester’s lodge near Berchtesgaden, close to the home of Dietrich Eckart.
They were accompanied by the medium Maria Orsic, and another medium only known as 'Sigrun'.
Maria had mediumistically received transmission in a secret Templar (?) script – a language unknown to her – with the technical data for the construction of a flying machine (see right).
According to Vril documents these telepathic messages also came from the solar system Aldebaran, which is sixty-four light-years away in the constellation Taurus.

The Vril Society not only taught concentration exercises designed to awaken the forces of 'Vril', their main goal was to achieve Raumflug (Spaceflight) (see left), and the creation of a  'Jenseitsflugmaschine' (literally - Beyond Flying Machine or Space Craft) to reach Aldebaran.
To achieve this, the Vril Society, the Thule Gesellschaft and the DHvSS Die Herren des schwarzen Steins were incorporated into the SS Ahnenerbe as part of an ambitious program to develop an inter-dimensional flight machine based on psychic revelations from the Aldebaran aliens.

During this early phase of alternative science Dr. W. O. Schumann (see right) of the Technical University in Munich, both a Thule and a Vril member, made a speech, a section of which is reproduced here:
'In everything we recognize two principles that determine events: light and darkness, good and evil, creation and destruction - as in electricity we have positive and negative. It is always either/or.
These two principles - the creative and the destructive - also determine our technical means...
Everything destructive is of Satanic origin, everything creative is divine... Every technology based upon explosion or combustion has thus to be called Satanic. The coming new age will be an age of a new, positive, divine technology..

At the same time the scientist Viktor Schauberger (see right) worked on a similar project.
Johannes Kepler (see left), whose ideas Schauberger followed, had knowledge of the secret teachings of Pythagoras that had been adopted and kept secret by the Knights Templar.
It was the knowledge of implosion (in this case the utilization of the potential of the inner worlds in the outer world).
Hitler knew - as did the Thule and Vril people - that the divine principle was always constructive.
A technology that is based on explosion, however, and is therefore destructive runs against the divine principle.
Thus they wanted to create a technology based on implosion.
Schauberger's theory of oscillation (principle of the overtone sequence, the monochord) takes up the knowledge of implosion.
To put it simply: implosion instead of explosion.
Following the energy paths of the monochord and implosion technology one reaches the realm of antimatter and thus the cancellation of gravity.

Saucer-shaped Flying Machines

In the summer of 1922 the first saucer-shaped Jenseitsflugmaschine (flying machine) (see left) was built whose drive was based on implosion.
It had a disk eight metres across with a second disk with a diameter of six and a half meters above and a third disk of seven meters diameter below.
These three disks had a hole at the center of 1.8 meters across in which the drive, which was two meters and forty centimeters high, was mounted.
At the bottom the central body was cone-shaped, and there a pendulum reaching the cellar was hung that served for stabilization.
In the activated state the top and bottom disk revolved in opposing directions to build up an electromagnetic rotating field.
The performance of this first flying disk is not known, but experiments were carried out with it for two years before it was dismantled and probably stored in the Augsburg works of Messerschmidt (see right).
In the books of several German industrial companies entries under the codename "JFM" (for Jenseitsflugmaschine) can be found that show payments towards financing this work.
Certainly the 'Vril Drive' (formally called "Schumann SM-Levitator") emerged from this machine.
In principle the "other side flying machine" should create an extremely strong field around itself, extending somewhat into its surroundings which would render the space thus enclosed, including the machine, a microcosm absolutely independent of the earthbound space.
At maximum strength this field would be independent of all surrounding universal forces - like gravitation, electromagnetism, radiation and matter of any kind - and could therefore manoeuvre within a gravitational or any other field at will, without acceleration forces being effective or perceptible.
In June 1934 Viktor Schauberger was invited by Hitler, and the highest representatives of the Thule and Vril societies, and from then on worked with them.
After the initial failure, the first so-called German UFO also appeared in June 1934.

Under the leadership of Dr. W. O. Schumann the first experimental round flying machine, the RFZ 1 (Rundflugzeug 1) (see left)was developed on the grounds of the aircraft factory Arado in Brandenburg.
In its first and only flight it rose vertically to around 60 metres, then wobbled and danced in the air for minutes.
The Arado 196 guiding system was utterly useless, and the pilot, Lothar Waiz, just managed to somehow bring it down to the ground, jump out and run away before it began to act like a spinning top, turned over and literally ripped to pieces.
That was the end of the RFZ 1, but the beginning of the VRIL flying machines.

Before the end of 1934 the RFZ 2 was ready, with a Vril Drive and a "magnetic field impulse steering unit".
It had a diameter of five meters and the following flying characteristics:
With rising speed the visible contours became blurred and the craft showed the colors typical for UFOs: depending on the drive setting; red, orange, yellow, green, white, blue or purple.
It worked - and it met with a remarkable destiny in 1941, during the "Battle of Britain", when it was used as transatlantic reconnaissance craft, because the German standard fighters, ME 109s, had an insufficient range for these flights.
By the end of 1941 it was photographed over the southern Atlantic on its way to the German cruiser Atlantis in Antarctic waters.
It could not be used as a fighter though, as the impulse steering allowed only changes of direction at 90gr, 45gr or 22.50 gr, which is exactly the right-angled flying pattern associated with and typical of UFOs today.

After the success of the small RFZ 2 as a distant reconnoiter craft the Vril Gesellschaft got its own test area in Brandenburg (see left).
By the end of 1942 the lightly armed 'Vril-1-Jäger" (Vril-1 fighter) (see right) was airborne.
It measured 11.5 meters across, carried one person, had a "Schumann-Levitator" drive and a "magnetic field impulse steering unit".
It reached speeds of 2,900 to 12,000 km/h, could change direction at a right angle at full speed without affecting the pilot, could fly in any weather, and had a 100% space capability.
Seventeen VRIL-1's were built and some versions had two seats and glass domes.

Also during this time another project was worked on - the V-7.
Several disks were built under this code, but with conventional jet engines.
Andreas Epp had designed a combination of levitating disk and jet propulsion, the RFZ 7.
The design groups Schriever-Habermohl and Miethe-Belluzo worked on it.
The RFZ 7 had a diameter of forty-two metres, but it crashed on landing at Spitzbergen.
A second craft was later photographed outside Prague.
According to Andreas Epp this craft was to be armed with nuclear warheads to attack New York.
In July 1941 Schriever-Habermohl built a round vertical take-off craft with jet propulsion, but it had severe shortcomings.
They went on to develop an "electro-gravitational flying gyro" with a "tachyon drive" which proved more successful.
Then Schriever, Habermohl and Belluzo built the RFZ 7 T that was fully functional.
The V-7 flying disks however were mere toys compared to the Vril and Haunebu disks.
Within the SS there was a group studying alternative energy, the SS-E-IV Entwicklungsgruppe IV der Schwarzen Sonne (Development Group IV of the Black Sun) whose main task was to render Germany independent of foreign oil.
The SS-E-IV developed from the existing Vril drives and the tachyon converter of Captain Hans Coler the "Thule Drive" which later was called the "Thule Tachyonator".

Haunebu Vehicles

In August 1939 the first RFZ 5 took off.
It was an armed flying gyro with the odd name Haunebu I.
It was twenty-five metres across and carried a crew of eight.
At first it reached a speed of 4,800 km/h, later up to 17,000 km/h.
It was equipped with two 6 cm KSK ("Kraftstrahlkanonen", power ray guns) in revolving towers and four machine guns. It had a 60% space capability.

By the end of 1942 the Haunebu II (see left) was ready.
The diameters varied from twenty-six to thirty-two meters and their height from nine to eleven meters.
They carried between nine and twenty people, had a 'Thule Tachyonator' drive and near the ground reached a speed of 6,000 km/h.
It could fly in space, and had a range of fifty-five flying hours.
At this time there already existed plans for a large-capacity craft, the Vril 7 with a diameter of 120 m.
A short while later the Haunebu III, the showpiece of all disks, was ready, at seventy-one meters across.
It was filmed flying, and t could transport thirty-two men could remain airborne for eight weeks and reached at least 7,000 km/h (according to documents in the secret SS archives up to 40,000 km/h).

The Foo Fighters

Although it set the stage for the drama of modern ufology, Kenneth Arnold's 1947 sighting of nine anomalous objects flitting between the peaks of the Cascade Mountains was not the first twentieth-century UFO encounter.
In the closing stages of the Second World War, Allied pilots on night-time bombing raids over Europe frequently reported strange flying objects.
These objects were christened 'Foo Fighters', after a catchphrase in the popular 'Smokey Stover' comic strip. 'Where there's foo, there's fire.' ('Foo' was also a play on the French word 'feu', meaning fire.)
The aircrews suspected that the objects might be some kind of German secret weapon. On 2 January 1945, the New York Herald Tribune carried the following brief Associated Press release: 
'Now, it seems, the Nazis have thrown something new into the night skies over Germany. It is the weird, mysterious Foo fighter' balls which race alongside the wings of Beaufighters flying intruder missions over Germany. Pilots have been encountering this eerie weapon for more than a month in their night flights. No one apparently knows what this sky weapon is. The 'balls of fire' appear suddenly and accompany the planes for miles. They seem to be radio-controlled from the ground, so official intelligence reports reveal.'
In their book Man-Made UFOs (1994), Renato Vesco (a pioneer of the Nazi-UFO hypothesis) and David Hatcher Childress cite the testimony of a former American flying officer who had worked for the intelligence section of the Eighth Air Force towards the end of the war.
Wishing to remain anonymous, the officer said to the New York press: 
'It is quite possible that the flying saucers are the latest development of a "psychological" anti-aircraft weapon that the Germans had already used. During night missions over western Germany I happened to see on several occasions shining discs or balls that followed our formations. It was well known that the German night fighters had powerful headlights in their noses or propeller hubs - lights that would suddenly catch the target, partly in order to give the German pilots better aim but mostly in order to blind the enemy tail gunners in their turrets. They caused frequent alarms and continual nervous tension among the crews, thereby lowering their efficiency. During the last year of the war the Germans also sent up a number of radio-controlled bright objects to interfere with the ignition systems of our engines or the operation of the on-board radar. In all probability American scientists picked up this invention and are now perfecting it so that it will be on a par with the new offensive and defensive air weapons.'
Unfortunately, Vesco and Childress are not forthcoming with a detailed reference for this statement.
The British UFO investigators Peter Hough and Jenny Randles make the interesting point that the Second World War saw more people in the skies than any other prior period, and that it was therefore no great surprise that UFOs should have been spotted in abundance.
Of course, this statement carries the implication of a likely non-human origin of the objects, which advocates of the German-UFO hypothesis hotly dispute: for them, the large number of 'Foo Fighter' sightings, coupled with the obvious interest the objects showed in Allied aircraft, strongly implies that they were built specifically to interact in some way with those aircraft.
As is so often the case with the UFO mystery, genuine sightings generated various rumors of official interest in the phenomenon.
For instance, there was, allegedly, a secret British government investigation into the 'Foo Fighter' reports called the 'Massey Project'.
'However,' write Hough and Randles, 'Air Chief Marshal Sir Victor Goddard - who was an outspoken believer in alien craft during the 1950s - flatly denied this and said that Treasury approval for such a minor exercise at a time when Britain was fighting for its survival would have been ludicrous.'
Some encounters undoubtedly had mundane explanations.
For example, during a bombing raid on a factory at Schweinfurt, Germany on 14 October 1943, flight crews of the American 384th Squadron observed a large cluster of discs, which were silver in colour, one inch thick and about three inches in diameter.
They were floating gently down through the air directly in the path of the American aircraft, and one pilot feared that his B- 17 Flying Fortress would be destroyed on contact with the objects.
However, the bomber cut through the cluster of discs and continued on its way undamaged.
It is quite possible that encounters such as this were actually with 'chaff', pieces of metal foil released by German 'Aphrodite' balloons to confuse radar by returning false images.
Nevertheless, many aircrews reported events that were not so easy to explain, including the harassment of their aircraft by small, glowing, disc-shaped and spherical objects that were highly maneuverable.
On 23 November 1944, Lieutenant Edward Schlueter of the 415th US Night Fighter Squadron was flying a heavy night fighter from his base at Dijon towards Mainz.
Twenty miles from Strasbourg, Lieutenant Fred Ringwald, an Air Force intelligence officer who was on the mission as an observer, glanced out of the cockpit and noticed about ten glowing red balls flying very fast in formation.
Schlueter suggested that they might be stars, but this explanation was proved wrong when the objects approached the plane.
Schlueter radioed the American ground radar station, informing them that they were being chased by German night fighters, to which the station replied that nothing was showing on their scope.
Schlueter's radar observer, Lieutenant Donald J. Meiers, checked his own scope, but could detect nothing unusual.
Schlueter then decided to make for the objects at full throttle.
The response from the Foo Fighters was instantaneous: their fiery red glow rapidly dimmed, until they were lost to sight.
Less than two minutes later, however, they reappeared, although they seemed to have lost interest in the American aircraft and glided off into the night towards Germany.
Upon the objects' departure, the fighter's radar began to malfunction, forcing the crew to abandon their mission.
In an encounter of 27 November 1944 over Speyer, pilots Henry Giblin and Walter Cleary reported a large orange light flying at 250 mph about 1,500 feet above their fighter.
The radar station in the sector replied that there was nothing else there.
Nevertheless, a subsequent malfunction in the plane's radar system forced it to return to base.
An official report was made - the first of its kind - which resulted in many jokes at the pilots' expense.
After the 27 November encounter, pilots who saw the 'Foo Fighters' decided not to include them in their flight reports.
This self-imposed censorship was broken by two pilots named McFalls and Baker of the 415th, who submitted a flight report on their mission of 22 December 1944.
In part, the report reads:
'At 0600, near Hagenau, at 10,000 feet altitude, two very bright lights climbed toward us from the ground. They leveled off and stayed on the tail of our plane. They were huge bright orange lights. They stayed there for two minutes. On my tail all the time. They were under perfect control. Then they turned away from us, and the fire seemed to go out.'
The Foo Fighters were not only witnessed by air crews.
Hough and Randles cite a report from a former prisoner of war at the Heydebreck camp in Upper Silesia, Poland.
At 3 p.m. on 22 January 1945 a number of men were being paraded by the Germans before being marched away to evade the liberating Russian Army.
A bomber appeared overhead, flying at about 18,000 feet, and the men gazed in horror at what seemed to be fire pouring from its rear end.
Then they thought it might be a flare caught up in the slipstream of the aircraft.
Finally, they realised it was neither of these things: the object was a silvery ball hugging the bomber, which was desperately trying to evade it.
The 'foo fighter' was still right on the tail of the aircraft as both passed into the distance.
On 1 January 1945, Howard W. Blakeslee, science editor of the Associated Press, claimed that the mysterious 'Foo Fighters' were nothing more than St Elmo's Fire, spontaneous lights produced by an electrostatic discharge on the fuselages of the Allied aircraft.
According to Blakeslee, this explanation also accounted for the fact that the Foo Fighters did not show up on radar.
The pilots who actually encountered the objects were unimpressed with Blakeslee's solution: most of them had been flying for a number of years, and knew St Elmo's Fire when they saw it.
The 'Foo Fighters' were something entirely different: the light they produced went on and off at intervals that seemed to be related to their speed; their shape was often clearly discernible as either discoid or spherical; and they were frequently reported as spinning rapidly on their vertical axis.
No Allied aircraft were ever brought down by 'Foo Fighters' (which seemed more content to pace them and interfere with their radar), and so it was considered likely that the objects were dangerous German secret weapons, perhaps a radical development of V-weapon technology.
The V-ls were already causing carnage in London, and it was known that German scientists were desperately trying to develop a ballistic missile that could hit America.
According to Vesco and Childress, several 'Foo Fighter' stories were leaked in December 1944 to the American Legion Magazine, which then published the personal opinions of several US Intelligence officers that the Foo Fighters were radio-controlled radar-jamming devices sent up by the Germans.
Vesco and Childress go on to cite the testimony of another (unnamed) B-17 pilot who decided to intercept a Foo Fighter and succeeded in getting within a few hundred yards of the shining sphere.
He reported hearing 'a strange sound, like the "backwash of invisible planes"'.
The last reported encounter with 'Foo Fighters' occurred in early May 1945, near the eastern edge of the Pfalzerwald.
A pilot, once again from the 415th Squadron, saw five orange balls of light flying in a 'V formation in the distance.

The 'Fliegende Schildkröte' ('Flying Turtle') was developed by the SS-E-IV at Vienna-Neustadt.
Its outer shape recalled the shell of a turtle.
They were unmanned probes that could cause disruption in the electric ignition systems of the enemy.
They carried advanced "Klystronröhren" (clystron tubes) that the SS called death rays.

(A klystron is a specialized linear-beam vacuum tube (evacuated electron tube).

Klystrons are used as amplifiers at microwave and radio frequencies to produce both low-power reference signals for superheterodyne radar receivers, and to produce high-power carrier waves for communications and the driving force for modern particle accelerators.
The ignition disrupter did not work perfectly at the outset; later follow-up versions did, however, and the ufologists will confirm that disruption of ignition - the cutting of electrical power to equipment - is a typical sign when a UFO is near. 
Wendelle C. Stevens, U.S. Air Force pilot during the Second World War, describes the 'foo fighters' as sometimes grey-green, or red-orange; they approached his aircraft to within about five meters, and then stayed there.
They could not be shaken off nor shot down, and they often caused squadrons to turn back or land.
The 'Soap Bubbles' that were also called 'foo fighters' were something completely different.
They were simple balloons in which projected metal spirals that disturbed enemy radar. Their success was probably very limited, disregarding the psychological effect.

The Andromeda Device

At the beginning of 1943 a cigar-shaped mother ship was planned to be build in the Zeppelin works (see right).
The 'Andromeda Device', at a length of 139m, could transport several saucer-shaped craft in its body for flights of long duration (interstellar flights).

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By Christmas 1943 an important meeting of the Vril Gesellschaft (see left) took place at the seaside resort of Kolberg.
The two mediums Maria Ortic (see right) and Sigrun attended.
The main item on the agenda was the 'Aldebaran Project'.
The mediums had received precise information about the habitable planets around the sun Aldebaran and one began to plan a trip there.

On January 22, 1944 a meeting between Hitler (see left); Himmler (see right), Kunkel (of the Vril Society) and Dr. Schumann this project was discussed.
It was planned to send the Vril 7 large-capacity craft through a dimension channel independent of the speed of light to Aldebaran.
According to Ratthofer a first test flight in the dimension channel took place in the winter of 1944.
It barely avoided disaster, for photographs show the Vril 7 after the flight looking "as if it had been flying for a hundred years".
The outer skin looked ‘aged’, and was damaged in several places.
On February 14, 1944, a supersonic helicopter - constructed by Schriever and Habermohl under the V 7 project - that was equipped with twelve turbo-units BMW 028 was flown by the test pilot Joachim Röhlike at Peenemünde.
The vertical rate of ascent was 800 metres per minute, it reached a height of 24,200 metres and in horizontal flight a speed of 2,200 km/h.
It could also be driven with unconventional energy, but the helicopter never saw action since Peenemünde was bombed in 1944, and the subsequent move to Prague didn't work out either, because the Americans and the Russians occupied Prague before the flying machines were ready again.

In the secret archives of the SS, the British and the Americans discovered photographs of the Haunebu II and the Vril I crafts, as well as shots of the Andromeda device during the occupation of Germany at the beginning of 1945.
Due to President Truman's decision in March 1946, the war fleet command of the U.S. gave permission to collect material regarding the German high technology experiments.
Under Operation 'PAPERCLIP' German scientists who had worked in secret were brought to the U.S. privately, among them Victor Schauberger and Werhner Von Braun (see right).

A short summary of the developments that were meant to be produced in series:

The first project was led by Prof. Dr. mg. W. O. Schumann of the Technical University Munich.
Under his guidance seventeen disk-shaped flying machines with a diameter of 11.5 m were built, the so-called VRIL-1-Jäger (Vril-1 fighters), that made 84 test flights.
At least one VRIL-7 and one VRIL-7 large capacity craft apparently started from Brandenburg - after the whole test area had been blown up - towards Aldebaran with some of the Vril scientists and Vril lodge members.
The second project was run by the SS-W development group.
Until the beginning of 1945 they had three different sizes of bell-shaped space gyros built.
The Haunebu I, 25m diameter: two machines were built that made 52 test flights (speed ca. 4,800 km/h).
The Haunebu II, 32m diameter: seven machines built that made 106 test flights (speed ca. 6,000 km/h). The Haunebu II was already planned for series production.
Tenders were requested from the Dornier and Junkers aircraft manufacturers, and at the end of March 1945 the decision was made in favour of Dornier.
The official name for the heavy craft was to be DO-STRA (DOrnier STRAtospehric craft).

The Haunebu III (see left), 71m diameter: only one machine built that made at least 19 test flights (speed ca. 7,000 km/h).
The Andromeda Device existed on the drawing board; it was 139m long and had hangars for one Haunebu II, two Vril I's and two Vril II's.
There are documents showing that the VRIL 7 large capacity craft has started for secret earth-bound missions after it was finished and test flown by the end of 1944:

1. A landing at the Mondsee in the Salzkammergut in Austria, with dives to test the pressure resistance of the hull.

2. Probably in March and April 1945 the VRIL 7 was stationed in the "Alpenfestung" for security and strategic reasons, from whence it flew to Spain to get important personalities who had fled there to South America and "Neuschwabenland" [the NAZI-claimed Antarctic territory] safely, and to the secret German bases erected there during the war.

3. Immediately after this the VRIL 7 is said to have started on a secret flight to Japan about which nothing further is known however.

What happened to these flying machines after the war?
It cannot be excluded that a small series of the Haunebu II might have been built.
The several photographs of UFOs that emerged after 1945, with the typical features of these German constructions suggest as much.
Some say that some of them had been sunk into the Austrian Mondsee, others maintain that they were flown to South America, or taken there in parts.
It is certain, however, that if the craft didn't get to South America, the plans that allowed for new ones to be built and flown were sent there, for an important part had been used in 1983 in the "Phoenix Project", the follow-on project of the 1943 "Philadelphia Experiment".
This was a teleportationmaterialization and time travel experiment of the U.S. Navy.
In 1938 a German expedition to the Antarctic was made with the aircraft carrier 'Schwabenland' (Swabia).
600,000 km2 of ice-free areas with lakes and mountains were declared German territory, the "Neuschwabenland" (New Swabia).
Whole fleets of submarines of the 21 and 23 series later headed towards Neuschwabenland.
Today about one hundred German submarines are still unaccounted for, some equipped with the Walter Schnorkel, a device that allowed them to stay submerged for several weeks, and it can be assumed that they fled to Neuschwabenland with the dismantled flying disks or at least the construction plans.
Again it must be assumed that since the test flights had been very successful, some so-called flying saucers had flown there directly at the end of the war.

 Admiral E. Byrd
There is the question why, in 1947, Admiral E. Byrd (see right) led an invasion of the Antarctic, and why he had 4,000 soldiers, a warships, a fully equipped aircraft carrier and a functioning supply system at his command if it was merely an exploratory expedition.
He had been given eight months for the exercise, but had to stop after eight weeks with high losses of planes.
Norbert-Jürgen Ratthofer writes about the whereabouts of the Haunebu developments in his book "Zeitmaschinen" (Time Machines):
'The Haunebu I, II and III space gyros and the VRIL I space flying disk had disappeared after May 1945... It is very interesting to note in this context that after its nineteenth test flight, the German Haunebu III is said to have taken off on April 21, 1945, from Neuschwabenland, a vast, officially German territory in the Eastern Antarctic, for an expedition to Mars, about which there is nothing further known...'
One year later, in 1946, the many sightings that suddenly occurred, in Scandinavia, of shining objects of unknown and definitely artificial origin which caused a great stir among the Allies in East and West.
Again one year later, in 1947, and well into the Fifties, a rising number of shining unknown flying objects, doubtlessly steered by intelligent beings - mostly round, disk- or bell-shaped, sometimes cigar-shaped - so-called UFOs, appeared over North America.
It is further stated that colour photographs taken by a night guard in West Germany in the Seventies exist of a landed and restarted flying disk that had both a knight's cross and a swastika on its hull.

Good photographic material proves that the Haunebu II version especially had been sighted very often since 1945.
In addition a significantly high percentage of the cases where personal contacts with the people from the so-called UFOs was made, these were with 'Aryan' types - blond and blue-eyed - and that they either spoke fluent German or another language with a German accent.
Photos of the Haunebu craft strongly resemble the Adamski saucer pictures of the early 1950s (see left).
These saucers were seen, and pictures of them taken world-wide.
There were many different sources for both sighting of Adamski saucers and pictures of them.
There were so many in the early 1950s that it is hard to believe that all of them are fakes.
Mr. Ettl and Mr. Juergen- Ratthofer maintain that these "Adamski saucers" are really the German-designed Haunebu type saucers.
Since they were flown after the war, certain questions as to their origin arise.

Skeptics always say that if the Nazi saucers existed, and they were such a secret and effective weapon, why weren’t they used to insure the victory of the third Reich ?
The simple truth lies in the fact that these machines, despite their superior overall performance to conventional piston-engine aircraft and early jets, could not be realistically adapted to any useful military role other than the most basic transport and recon work.
The ships did fly, and there is plenty of evidence to support that the technology and science was not limited to just disc work.
There were other modifications being done to the Vril saucers.
There is also evidence to support that test flights were done over Europe and the United States.
Antigravity saucers remained in the research and development stage for some time.
The war was a fast-moving event, and the scientists had a hard time keeping up with it. However, they did have pilotless remote saucers that kept the Allies busy ('foo-fighters' - see above).
In 1942 a little–known invasion of a large flying saucer and several smaller ones was reported over Los Angeles.
In what is known as the 'Battle of Los Angeles', 1,430 rounds were fired at the flying discs.
And as many as 25 smaller aircraft accompanied it.
There were many people on the ground that were killed or wounded by unexploded anti–aircraft shells.
There actually was picture of the saucer that wound up in the Los Angeles 'Times'.
It showed the aircraft being fired upon, and searchlights were zeroing in on the intruders.
At that time it was speculated that the German technology was perfected enough to attempt space travel.
While there is no proof of this, it is quite possible that the Germans were capable of landing on the moon using their saucer technology......
In the light of such facts it has been suggested that the Germans may have landed or attempted to land on the Moon as early as probably 1942, utilizing their larger exo-atmospheric rocket saucers of the 'Miethe' and 'Schriever' type.
The 'Miethe' craft was built in diameters of 15 and 50 meters, and the 'Schriever' Walter turbine powered craft was designed as an interplanetary exploration vehicle.
It had a diameter of 60 meters, had 10 stories of crew compartments, and stood 45 meters high.
And yet, the riddle remains that the surviving modern remnants of the Third Reich actually possess such vastly superior technology,
Why then would they not simply flex their muscle and conquer the world in one final swift stroke ?
Or did they realize such a victory might ultimately be a futile gesture ?
Suppose the Reich survivors learned from their Aldebaran mentors the secret the ancient Sumerians possessed - that, in a regular 3600 year cycle, the surface of planet Earth is devastated by the passing of a dwarf-star which is companion to our solar system.
And that this 'Dark Star' was calculated once again to swing through the inner planets during the early years of the 21st Century.
Such a monumental event would grant the “Thousand Year Reich” a meager seventy year or so life span.
Thus might the Reich survivors not wisely choose to disappear from the surface world and develop hardened underground ’shelters’ in the remote wastes of Antarctica, patiently preparing to safely ride out the Dark Star’s passing ?
Do we dare suppose that a contemporary generation of subterranean 'Reichskinder' secretly continue to advance their limitless scientific wonders, content to allow the ignorant, expendable ’surface dwellers’ to choke in the poisoned atmosphere of their internal-combustion, junk-technology, automobiles, airplanes and industries ?
Could it be that all the incredible levitating machines and free-energy technologies envisioned by the Thule and Vril Societies are being carefully held in reserve for the promised ‘New Age’ - the 'New World Order'; a future time when Earth has recovered from the agonies of its Dark Star’s encounter…?

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'Du sieh'st zum Raum wird hier die Zeit.'
Parsifal                       Richard Wagner


Associated with the projects related to Raumflug was the Kronos Project and 'Die Glocke'.
The project had gone under two code names: "Laternenträger" (lantern carrier) and "Chronos", and always involved "Die Glocke".
'Laternentraeger' means Lantern Bearer...Phosphorous from Greek mythology, is known as the “lantern bearer” and in Roman mythology the lantern bearer was known as Satan.
Kronos is the Greek god of Time - which gives rise to the speculation that the project and die Glocke was designed to test the possibilities of distorting space and time - and it has been suggested that a concave mirror on top of the device provided the ability to see "images from the past" during its operation.
Die Glocke represented the very pinnacle of SS General’s Hans Kammler's occult and super-secret SS "wonder weapons" empire.
The Bell was reportedly an object, approximately 9 ft. in diameter and 12-15 ft. tall.
The device was made out of a hard, heavy metal (depleted uranium?) and filled with a mercury like substance, violet in color.
It looked like a "Bell", hence its codename to the Germans, die Glocke.
The device was installed deep down in the earth in Wenceslas Mine.
It was comprised of two counter-rotating cylinders, rotating a purplish liquid-metallic looking substance code-named "Xerum 525" by the Germans, at high speeds;
"Xerum 525" was apparently highly radioactive, being purple in color, and housed in cylinders with lead lining 3 cm (12 in.) thick;
Other substances known to have been involved in the testing were thorium and beryllium peroxides code named "Leichtmetall".
The Bell apparently required high amounts of electrical power in its operation, and a local dam was used to generate electrical power to power up the Lanternholder [Laternenträger].
The test chamber was 30 meters square and lined with ceramic tiles.
The floors and walls were covered with heavy black rubber mats.
The test room and all electrical equipment but the Bell were disposed of after every few tests. Apparently, they became contaminated in some fashion and were disposed of in a furnace.
The housing of this device in an underground chamber lined with ceramic brick and rubber mats suggests that it gave off extremely strong electro-magnetic or electro-static field effects as well as high heat when in operation.
The reporting of metallic tastes in the mouths of what few surviving personnel there are suggests this.
The quick decay without apparent putrefaction of organic material within its field suggests effects that some would associate with scalar waves.
But what was the mysterious "Xerum 525"?

When first investigating this strange material, the first thought is that it might be some radioactive isotope of mercury, or possibly a more radioactive substance in chemical solution of some sort.
It is perhaps worth noting that recently a strange substance known as "red mercury", or mercury antominate oxide, has been alleged to have strong neutron emitting properties when subjected to sudden explosive stress, and is alleged to be a non-fissile method of triggering the enormous fusion reactions of hydrogen bombs, as well as being able, in its own right, of fission explosions in the small kiloton range.
Perhaps the Nazis had stumbled onto a similar such substance during the war.
The tests themselves were quite short.
When the Bell was energized, it was wrapped in a ceramic cover and involved the rapid spinning of two cylinders in opposite directions.
The rotation of the object, and presumably the radioactive liquid-metal, "Xerum 525", suggests that the Germans were investigating the inertial and vortex properties of radioactive material when subjected to high speed rotation, as well as the resulting field effects.
It is likely that this rotation was caused by passing a current through the liquid - hence the high power consumption - but the possibility of mechanical rotation should not be ruled out in addition to this, as German progress in jet engine turbines and uranium centrifuges would have given them the experience to construct very high speed turbines for rotating such material for study.
In this sense, it is possible that the Bell was nothing more than two counter-rotating ultra-high speed turbines.
That is to say, the Bell may have been an ultra high speed electro- mechanical turbine of some sort, an offshoot, perhaps, of German centrifuge technology development.
The rotation of the object, and presumably the radioactive liquid-metal called "Xerum 525", suggests that the Germans were investigating the inertial and vortex properties of radioactive material when subjected to high speed rotation, as well as the resulting field effects.
It is likely that this rotation was caused by passing a current through the liquid - hence the high power consumption - but the possibility of mechanical rotation should not be ruled out in addition to this, as German progress in jet engine turbines and uranium centrifuges would have given them the experience to construct very high speed turbines for rotating such material for study.
In this sense, it is possible that the Bell was nothing more than two counter-rotating ultra-high speed turbines.
That is to say, the Bell may have been an ultra high speed electro- mechanical turbine of some sort, an offshoot, perhaps, of German centrifuge technology development.
The housing of this device in an underground chamber lined with ceramic brick and rubber mats suggests that it gave off extremely strong electro-magnetic or electro-static field effects as well as high heat when in operation.
The reporting of metallic tastes in the mouths of what few surviving personnel there are suggests this.
The quick decay without apparent putrefaction of organic material within its field suggests effects that some would associate with scalar waves.
A minute would pass and the Bell would give off a strange blue glow.
Test personnel were kept 150 to 200 meters away shielded by tons of rock.
After each test the room would be entered by workers who would spray the room with some type of brine for 45 minutes.
The scientists placed animals, plants and insects nearby the Bell during testing.
A strange crystalline substance invaded animal tissue, destroying life.
Plants thus exposed lost all their chlorophyll, turning deathly white in several hours.
Refinements of the equipment was made and it's lethality diminished.
Despite protective clothing, five of the seven scientists involved later died from ailments involving sleep problems, metallic taste in the mouth, nerve spasms and loss of memory and balance.
According to the theories of some physicists, a torsion field of sufficient intensity can bend space around the generator.

The more torsion you generate, the more space you alter.
When you bend space, you also bend time.
General Hans Kammler
A strange "henge" like structure (see left) was constructed by the Germans out of reinforced concrete near the facility where the Bell was located and tested.
This structure resembled a test rig for the possible test of extremely powerful propulsion devices, and may have served as test rig for an experiment in "anti-gravity propulsion" generated with Die Glocke.
All the scientists and witnesses who saw or worked on the Bell were murdered by the SS as the war neared its end.
The Bell was transplanted out of Silesia to a destination that has never been discovered.
The Bell, along with General Kammler  himself (see right), simply disappeared entirely from history, never to be seen again.

Hans Kammler

If the Germans did succeed in producing a piloted flying discs, what became of them ?
As several researchers have noted, the answer may lie with SS Obergruppenfuhrer Dr Hans Kammler, who towards the end of the war had access to all areas of secret air-armaments projects.
Kammler worked on the V-2 rocket project, along with Wernher von Braun (who would later head NASA's Apollo Moon programme) and Luftwaffe Major General Walter Dornberger (who would later become vice-president of the Bell Aircraft Company in the United States).
Heinrich Himmler planned to separate the SS from Nazi Party and state control through the establishment of a number of business and industrial fronts, making it independent of the state budget.
Hitler approved this proposal early in 1944.
By the end of the war, Hans Kammler had decided to use V-2 rocket technology and scientists as bargaining chips with the Allies.
On 2 April 1945, 500 technicians and engineers were placed on a train along with 100 SS troops and sent to a secret Alpine location in Bavaria.
Two days later, von Braun requested permission from Kammler to resume rocket research, to which Kammler replied that he was about to disappear for an indefinite length of time.
This was the last anyone saw of Hans Kammler.
In view of the undoubted advantage he held when it came to negotiating for his life with the Allies, Kammler's disappearance is something of a puzzle, until we pause to consider the possibility that he possessed plans for a technology even more advanced than the V-2.
Did the Reich, or an extension of it, have the capability to produce a UFO or the clout to deal from a position of strength with one of the Allied nations ?
Although it is assumed that Kammler committed suicide when about to be apprehended by the Czech resistancein Prague, there is no proof of this. What really happened to Kammler ?


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