The Quimbaya Airplanes (or Tolima Airplanes) are golden artifacts, found in Colombia and made by the Quimbaya civilization. Dated between 1000 B.C.-1000 A.D., many represent modern airplane designs and are considered to be out-of-place and unexplainable artifacts.
Made popular by the one and only Giorgio Tsoukalos he models, measuring 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.5 cm) each, are described in mainstream archeology as depicting birds, lizards, amphibians and insects common in that region. Many are still on display in the Museum, Bogotá.
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?
These golden objects often take the persona of a bird or flying insect. However, they also represent a clear understanding of aerodynamics and were proven to have the ability to fly. Were they replicas of actual flying machines used by ancient aliens and documented in ornamental form by witnesses of this technology in Quimaya, Columbia?