You’re probably familiar with the Saqqara bird, an ancient Egyptian artifact, bird-shaped but mysterious in terms of possible function because it resembles a perfectly formed model glider more than it does an anatomically correct bird. Ancient astronaut theorists claim that the artifact is evidence that the ancient world was familiar with the principles of aviation and possibly much, much more as far as flying technology goes. Conventional scholars claim that the  artifact is nothing more than a child’s toy, a boomerang, or possibly a weather vane. Martin Gregorie, a builder and designer of free flight gliders, built a replica of the Saqqara Bird made of balsa wood. His findings support the conventional theory. However, alternative theories and research abound. I am a big believer in Atlantis, so it does not seem odd to me that humans would have perfected flight thousands of years ago – and that the knowledge of flight, even after the technology for achieving it was lost in later civilizations, would have been preserved in myth, art, and imagination. To my eyes, the Saqqara bird is a model of a technology that was lost, a technology that the Egyptians were fascinated by and hoped to recreate someday.
Here is some beautiful footage of the modern day “Smart Bird” –  Even though we are a civilization that has mastered flight, it is interesting to me that we are still so fascinated by how it works!