Weygers In The News

The Forgotten Legend of Silicon Valley’s Flying Saucer Man

November 19, 2018

Alexander Weygers, a Renaissance man in the mold of the tech industry’s stated ideal, inspired an art dealer to become an acolyte.

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JETcopter Reveals New VTOL Design

September 4, 2018

Start-up VTOL manufacturer JETcopter is proposing to build a new-design aircraft that uses a pair of top-mounted, piston-engine powered, enclosed centrifugal air, contra-rotating, high-speed turbines that then divert thrust to four vectored nozzles for directional control. The nozzles are mounted to the ends of two sets of wings that pivot to provide lift during horizontal flight.

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Maker Faire

San Mateo, May 18-20, 2018

75th Anniversary of Alexander Weygers Flying Saucer Design

August 18th from 2-7pm in Carmel.

$22M Government Research On UFO

From The Guardian by Haroon Siddique Sunday, December 2017

The truth is finally out there, after the Pentagon admitted it ran a secret UFO investigation programme for five years until 2012. The US defence department’s own “X-Files” operation, known by the less catchy title of the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, was closed after a change in funding priorities, it said.

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Navy Pilot Recalls Encounter With UFO

Good Morning America, December 18, 2017

Retired Cmdr. David Fravor spent 18 years as a Navy pilot, but nothing prepared him for what he witnessed during a routine training mission on Nov. 14, 2004.

“I can tell you, I think it was not from this world,” Fravor told ABC News. “I’m not crazy, haven’t been drinking. It was — after 18 years of flying, I’ve seen pretty much about everything that I can see in that realm, and this was nothing close.”

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Santa Fly-In and Winter Fun Land at Palm Springs Air Museum

Ho, Ho, Ho and Away we go…at 11AM each day Santa Claus will arrive at the Air Museum in his airplane to greet all the good little girls and boys who have come to see him. In addition to sitting for photographs and having a special gift for each child, Santa will open his winter fun land complete with snow directly from the North Pole. Included with regular museum admission; kids 12 and under get in free, accompanied by an adult.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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