Alexander Weygers discopter interview—early flying saucer

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Early Patent Held Bv Jennifer L. Author Oakland An 84-year-old man who holds a U.S. patent for a flying saucer, obtained four decades ago before the concept was relegated to little green men from space, has no doubts they will someday be commonplace. "I strongly believe that after I die, this thing will come about," said Carmel artist-engineer Alexander Weygers. A half-dozen photo-like sketches of Weygers' disk-like vi- Victims' f.lonoy Dill Signed Governor George Deukmejian has signed a bill authored by Assemblyman Phil Wyman which would require convicted criminals to pay interest on money they are ordered to pay their victims in restitution for the crime. Wyman said the law will require criminals to pay the prevailing legal rate of 10 percent on unpaid restitution. District Rcnows Policy More than 4000 youngsters attend elementary schools each year in the Saugus school district. Last year, some of those students came from as far away as Burbank and were welcomed by the district. This school year will be no i u sions have been submitted to the Smithsonian Institute, which has brought the exhibit "Yesterday's Tomorrows: Past Visions of the American Future" to the Oakland Museum. With the Golden Gate Bridge as a backdrop, Weygers' 1944 view of San Francisco's future foresaw the flying saucer as an important mode of transportation. Sleek, circular commuter vehicles are shown in saucer ports located at the city's shores as other tiny, one-person machines float serenely to their The law "will alleviate some of the financial burdens crime victims currently endure," Wyman said. Only criminals with the ability to pay will be charged, however. Interest will be charged only on amounts greater than $50. As of Jan. 1, interest on restitution payments will be a condition of probation. different. The Saugus district's Board of Trustees Tuesday night extended the current interdistrict attendance agreement with Burbank Unified School District. The board also gave the school district the green light to purchase additional instructional supplies from the Los Angeles County Office of Education. rjr- 1 .1 u u moorings atop the city s high- rise buildings and homes. "Scientists today emphasize speed," said Weygers. "I never did. I felt safety and maneuverability were important." Weygers said he secured U.S. Patent No. 2,377,835 for his flying saucer three years before Life Magazine ran drawings of a circular space ship with a bubblelike pod above the main saucer. .. What is more, his .saucer machines, which he called "dis-copters" are workable, he claims. A toy company in Austria asked for Weygers' help in developing a flying saucer toy that takes to the air on power from a tiny, wind-up engine. "The Patent Office does not accept any type of invention if your cannot make a model of it," said Weygers. No source of power was specified in his patent application because the technology had yet to be developed. Weygers said he first conceived his idea in 1927. But the notion lay dormant until World War II when he worked as an engineer for Northrup Aviation near Los Angeles when the helicopter was being developed. "Helicopters are vulnerable." he said. "People were being killed in them during the 1920s. They go down like a brick. The saucer became the logical answer." Weygers said one reason he chose a circular shape for the design was because it could enclose a rotor or rotors, depending on the size of the craft. The rotors would rotate, forcing air through them to make the craft to rise on a plume of air. "t i i u2 DC 1 f! A steering mechanism would manipulate the air column being generated by the rotors, diverting the force of air, allowing the saucer to be maneuvered. When Weygers sent his plans to America's leading aircraft manufacturers near the end of World War II, they receivedmix-ed reviews. "Then it seemed the whole world began to talk about flying saucers," said Weygers. "All around me was the idea that people would make such a thing in the future." On July 14, 1947, a year after he sent out his final set of saucer plans, Newsweek magazine's headline read: "Flying saucers: Spots before their eyes?" A Life headline a week later screamed: "Flying Disks Break Out Over U.S." Months later, Science Digest published speculative articles on saucers. "Every inventor, as a rule, is somewhat of a visionary. They knpw they must be ahead of their time," Weygers said. Weygers sketches will be featured Aug. 17 through Oct. 27 in the Oakland Museum, The artist-inventor was born in 1901 in what is now Indonesia to a Dutch plantation overseer. His mother was a teacher. He published two books, "The Making of Tools" and "The Modern Blacksmith," in the 1970s. . Do his flying saucers have a future? "Who can tell how far the ripples go when you throw a pebble into the water? I still think someone will build it." ' United Press International

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  1. The Signal,
  2. 09 Aug 1985, Fri,
  3. Page 12

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