Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Airplanes 2,200 years ago?

You may have seen this picture before.

If so,the thought probably passed through your mind of, as they say in the Superman movies, "… it's a bird, it's a plane, it's …."

Originally this object, which can be seen in the Cairo, Egypt museum, was thought to be a model of a bird.

Then it occurred to someone to look at it more closely and, hmmmm, the design seems to be compatible with an airplane!

But this is a model of something that was made about 2,200 years ago.

So how could this be an airplane?

To hear more about this mysterious object, check out this 1 minute audio clip by Ian Thomas that tells about its discovery and evaluation.  HERE'S THE LINK