Der Fledenteller (The Flying Plate), or

"So long, and thanks for all the strudel!"

Gallery Article by Alvis 3.1


Cloaked in mystery for over half a century, the Nazi Flying Saucer project was a marvel of engineering, as well as subterfuge. With the discovery in 1938 of a mysterious crystalline substance which defied gravity, top Nazi officials were determined to keep the material out of the feuding hands of the various factions in the regime, such as the Luftwaffe and the SS. Burying the project under electric railway research, they not only hid it from their fellow countrymen, but allied investigators as well.

The mystery crystal, named Cavorium, would defy gravity if hit with a sufficient jolt of electricity. The only device capable of delivering such a jolt would be a very advanced nuclear reactor, so the efforts of atomic scientists in Germany at the time went toward the reactor project instead of bombs. With there being only enough of the crystal to construct a single vehicle, the scientists went all out and devised a craft capable of leaving Earth's atmosphere. The designing and construction of the Fledenteller took over 5 years, and the vehicle was readied for it's first flight on April 3, 1945. While away on a test hop to Argentina, the secret underground base was accidentally obliterated by B-24s bombing through cloud. Realising that the Fledenteller's  usefulness as a bomber was a moot point, with Germany about to fall to the Allies, a frantic refitting took place. Allied intelligence was to discover some form of exodus from Germany at the end of the war by top Nazis, but were never able to discover what means were used to achieve their escape. Two years later, they were to find out.


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On July 4, 1947, there was an attempted theft of uranium from the Alamogordo N.M. atomic weapon test site by unknown individuals. Dressed in some sort of anti-radiation clothing, silvery in nature, they managed to steal an entire bomb from the test site and make off in a large, saucer shaped vehicle. Unfortunately for their plans, they promptly slammed into a weather balloon from the Roswell Air Force base, and crashed in the desert outside of Roswell. All 22 people aboard the vessel were killed.  Investigators went through the now radioactive wreckage and found to their amazement that all instrumentation and literature aboard were in German!  Somehow, the Fledenteller had been hiding somewhere for 2 years, and requiring uranium for the reactor, the crew had tried to steal some.  Realising the PR disaster that would ensue if they revealed the Nazis had been flitting about in a flying saucer for two years, the government ordered the Air Force to cover up the incident. The remaining mystery: where had they been hiding?

In 1976, the US launched two probes to the planet Mars. Viking 1 and 2 were the first successful landings on the Red Planet, and sent back some very useful data. However, some of the soil data caused some concern, as the chemical makeup of the soil matched exactly some of the residual dirt found inside the wreckage of the Fledenteller. For all intents and purposes, the Nazis had been to Mars sometime between 1945 and 1947! Whether they remain there is unknown, but many spacecraft have mysteriously failed while
attempting the voyage to Mars. Accidents, equipment failures, or shoot-downs? We may never know! 

Alvis 3.1


Photos and text by Alvis 3.1