THE MYSTERY OF THE NAZI SAUCERS
I just received this week an interesting book in the mail, one I had ordered for some other research I am conducting on the history of the atomic and hydrogen bombs. The book is Jungck's classic study Brigher Than a Thousand Suns: The Story of the Men Who Made the Bomb. Jungck's study is interesting for the fact that, unlike many histories of the bomb, he goes not only into the contributions made by the usual cast of characters - Nils Bohr, Robert Oppenheimer, Luis Alverez - and so on, but also into the conceptual contributions and roles of the Axis scientists, the Japanese physicist Fukuda, and of course, the Germans Heisenberg, Korsching, and so on.
So needless to say, I anxiously sat down and started reading...and then I ran into this completely unexpected footnote on page 87, that, occurring as it does in the middle of a classic and well-known study of the history of the atom bomb, left me speechless, pondering the implications. Speaking of the German research, the footnote states:
"The only exception to the lack of interest shown by authority (in the atom-bomb) was constituted by the Air Ministry (the Reichsluftministerium, my note). The Air Force (i.e., Luftwaffe) research workers were in a peculiar position. They produced interesting new types of aircraft such as the Delta (triangular) and 'flying discs'. The first of these 'flying saucers' as they were later called - circular in shape, with a diameter of some 45 yards - were built by the specialists Schriever, Habermohl and Miethe. THey were first airborne on February 14, 1945, over Prague and reached in three minutes a height of nearly eight miles. They had a flying speed of 1250 m.p.h. which was doubled in subsequent tests. It is believed that after the war Habermohl fell into the hands of the Russians. Meithe developed at a later date similar 'flying saucers' at A.V. Roe and Company for the United States."
Of course, Jungck's book appeared long before the German reunification, and the evidence that has emerged since then that the Nazi atom bomb program may not have been nearly as incompetent as the post-war Allied Legend made it out to be. And of course, as I argued in Reich of the Black Sun, the Nazi program appears to have been, at its deepest level, conducted away from the big-name Nazi scientists - Heisenberg, Weizsaecker, Hahn, et al - precisely as a security measure against potential Allied kidnapping or assassination attempts against them. Hence, the "Nazi distinterest" in the atom bomb, the view promoted by standard histories, is just that: a cover deliberately created by the Nazi government, and apparently a successful one, for it is still a component of the Allied Legend, while the reality, as my own research has suggested, is anything but that. And this leads us to the Nazi flying saucers...
While I have always been extraordinarily suspicious of the stories of the alleged Nazi saucers "Hannebu" and "Vril", in fact, consigning them to the bin of "Neo-Nazi hoaxes," I have always had to place the Schriever, Habermohl, and Miethe story - in all its endless variations - in a gray basket, and for a very simple reason: as I detail in Roswell and the Reich, one of their colleagues, Richard Fleissner, actually took out, and was awarded, a US patent for just such a craft, based on work he claims he did for the Nazis at Peenemuende. Fleissner's patent, by his own statements, was essentially a reconstruction of work he says he did in Germany, and notably, his patent application was delayed for the unheard of time of five years, while the USA quietly and secretly developed its own "Project Silverbug," which looks needless to say like a pirated version of Fleissner's design in some respects.
So encountering the old story of Miethe, Habermohl, and Schriever in Jungck's work was a little disconcerting. One wonders if, after all these years, there will ever be any more details emerge that can move the whole story from the gray basket, into one of two resolutions of the story. That said, the whole story of the jet-based flying saucers of Miethe, Habermohl, and Schriever does get rather odd corroboration in the postwar American intelligence memoranda of Generals Schulgen and Twining, as I detail in Roswell and the Reich.
As for the reference in Jungck's footnote about "delta-shaped" triangular aircraft, it is important not to identify this with the delta-shaped UFOs seen so often in the last two decades. For one thing, most of the German designs were by Kurt Tank or Walter Lippisch, and were for high altitude super-sonic ramjet aircraft, and in all of those designs there is nothing to damp the noise such aircraft would have made, whereas the modern "triangle UFO" sightings are usually and typically of very quiet craft with the ability to hover. Ramjets, of course, are neither quiet nor, by the nature of the case, are they capable of hovering since they require a forward thrust even to keep the jet active. So it is important not to confuse the two...
...unless, of course, one wished to maintain that the Zeppelinwerke was constructing triangular shaped rigid-body dirigibles and combining them with novel forms of propulsion that rendered them silent. But that leads to a whole other area of post-war stories...
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