Weygers In The News
Welcome to Larry Page’s Secret Flying-Car Factories
Bloomberg Businessweek, June 9, 2016
by Ashlee Vance and Brad Stone
Northern California in particular has had a long fascination with flying cars. In 1927 a now mostly forgotten engineer named Alexander Weygers first began thinking up the design for a flying saucer that could zip between rooftops. In 1945 he received a patent for what he described as a “discopter,” a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) machine with room inside for passengers to walk around, cook, and sleep. He depicted smaller versions landing in pods atop buildings in downtown San Francisco. No discopters were built, though it’s believed that the U.S. Army, which paid visits to Weygers’s compound in Carmel Valley, Calif., tinkered with a prototype.
Alexander Weygers: A Free Man Who Creates His Own World
Carmel Valley Outlook, November 11, 1970
by Pat Griffith
His hands are large and strong and always in motion, chopping the air to emphasize a thought, probing a chunk of sandstone, gripping a sledgehammer. They are the hands of a master draftsman, an engineer and inventor. Hands that tinker with bits and pieces of junk and turn them into humming machines. Hands that mold walls of towering tree trunks and carve woodcuts of exquisite delicacy. Hands that temper iron and chisel stone. Hands that reach out in eagerness to men, to nature, to life itself.
Carmel Valley Artist Patented Flying Saucer Five Years Ago
Monterey Peninsula Herald, April 13, 1950
by Ritch Lovejoy
The man who conceived the flying saucer in 1927, completed specifications and drawings, and patented it in 1944, is a talented engineer, artist, engraver, sculptor and teacher named Alexander G. Weygers, 48, who lives with his wife, Marian, in Carmel Valley. The patented name of the flying saucer is Discopter, which may indicate to you how it works, but which does not indicate the subtle improvements over modern flying methods that Weygers theorized so far ahead of his time.
A Modern Leonardo Who Lives For The Things He Really Wants
San Francisco Chronicle, Mary 8, 1960
by J.T. Root
For the first time in years, Alexander Weygers has had to pay an income tax. This will come as a shock to his neighbors in Carmel Valley where the craggy-faced artist – scientist has been known as the man who escaped one of the two certainties in human existence. While this outwitting of the economic system has been his most intriguing hallmark, he has otheres. In the 14 years he has lived in Carmel, the tall and gangly Weygers has established himself as a latter-day Leonardo, a reluctant, versatile genius whose often-brandished philosophy of “liveing for the things one really wants” piqued so many people that he was persuaded to lecture on it at the Carmel Adult Evening School.