Mark Felton Examines Nazi Flying Saucer Research

This might interest some of the readers of this blog, who are interested in the rumours that during World War II the Nazis were engaged in developing Flying Saucers. Mark Felton, according to the biographical note to his channel’s videos, is an historian and the author of 22 books as well as numerous appearances on various TV shows. His channel, Mark Felton Productions, puts up videos about the Second World War and particularly its military technology. Three days ago on the 17th June 2021, he put up this video entitled ‘Hitler’s Flying Saucers – Fact or Fantasy?’

The video begins with the statement that German aeronautical engineering during the War was excellent and in advance of the Allies, as shown by the Messerschmitt Komet rocket plane and the V2 rocket. But there have also been rumours that they were developing disc-shaped craft. The video shows here a photo of the Sack AS-6, which really does look like a flying disc. The engineer credited with this research is Joseph Andreas Epp, who designed a circular aircraft with helicopter blades mounted on top, inspirited by the Focke-Wulf FW61 helicopter. He created four designs for these disc-shaped craft, all helicopters with adjustable rotor blades, and claimed to have built a 1/10 scale model, which he sent to the Ministry of Aviation in 1941. These designs and the model were examined by staff belonging to General Ernst Udet. The material was then passed on Walter Dornberger, the head of the Peenemunde V2 research base. A facility was supposedly built at Prague airport to develop these novel aircraft and the project placed under the authority of Rudolf Schriever and Jurgen Habermohl, and given assistance from a number of firms and organisations including the Luftwaffe and Skoda. It was run by Albert Speer’s armaments ministry until 1944 when it was absorbed into the V2 under the SS, led by Hans Kammler. One flying disc was supposedly built, dubbed the Flugkreisel, which incorporated some of Epp’s designs amongst other, later innovations. Epp allegedly took a grainy photograph of the disc in flight from Prague airport through vegetation as he was approaching it one day in his capacity as consultant. This was one of four unofficial flights, and the aircraft made its first official flight in January 1945. This is supported by Georg Klein, who was supposedly one of the craft’s designers at Prague, and a sworn statement from a test pilot, Georg Langer, after the end of the War. But Felton cautions that all this must be taken with a pinch of salt.

In addition to Epp, Schriever and Habermohl, there was a third project to develop flying discs carried on at the airport. This was supposedly a joint German-Italian programme under Richard Miethe and the Italian professor Giuseppe Belluzzo. It’s existence is also supported by the testimony of the staff involved, but these could be lying. There are designs for such an aircraft dating from the Second World War as well as a second photo of a disc in flight, but this could have been planted after the War to add verisimilitude.

In addition to the Germans, other countries were also active developing saucer-shaped craft. These included America with the Vought V-173 ‘Flying Pancake’ and the Vought XF5U. The German projects were abandoned 15th April 1945 as the Red Army closed in on Prague. The designs were packed up and taken away and the vehicles themselves taken out of their hangars and burned. Schriever later set himself up as an inventor, also working as a trucker for the occupying Allies to support himself. In 1948 his workshop was burgled and his materials on flying discs were stolen. He claimed he was approached by the western intelligence agencies for material on flying discs, but refused to cooperate. He officially died in 1953, but people who knew him later claimed they had seen him alive in the ’60s. Epp continued working on flying discs, and claimed he had built a flying model in 1946, and continued flying them into the 1950s. He also wrote about Nazi flying discs and appeared on German television talking about them. He claims that he approached the Americans with his ideas, but was rebuffed. He married, and briefly settled in East Germany, returning to West Germany in 1959. He applied for a patent, but this was blocked by the Americans for ten years. This conflicts with what is known about the American interest in Nazi technology, such as Operation Paperclip, the programme that saw the transfer of the V2 scientists and personnel to America to continue their rocket research.

Felton speculates that the Americans were interested in flying disc designs, as the Miethe disc resembles an aircraft designed by the British engineer, John Frost, called ‘Project Y’. The Miethe disc contained an internal, rotating jet engine. It was launched from a ramp. For its undercarriage, it used skids like the Komet rocket plane. ‘Project Y’, which looks rather spade-like, was dubbed ‘the Flying Manta’ and developed by Avro Canada, and it was rumoured that Miethe helped with the project. Frost had previously worked for De Havilland in Britain, developing the swept-wing, tailless De Havilland DH108 Swallow. He migrated to Canada in 1947, where he helped to create the CF-100 jet fighter, joining the Special Project Group set up in Avro Canada in 1952. This was set up to develop a VTOL aircraft which could be used after the destruction of airports in a nuclear war. The result was the VZ-9 Avrocar. This used a single turbo rotor to produce lift and thrust. It had difficulty going any higher than 3 feet off the ground, and the project was cancelled in 1961 when the American Air Force, which had supplied the funding, pulled the plug.

The similarities between these projects and those of the Germans may be coincidental, but they allow Felton to suggest the following conclusions:

  1. If Miethe and the Germans were involved in the Avrocar, then its failure shows that they were unable to make their own aircraft fly.
  2. Even if the Canadian project had no input from the Germans, it still faced some of the same problems. Its failure is therefore odd if the Germans, with less resources and knowledge, had been successful years before.
  3. The existence of the Avrocar indicates that the Americans had not captured a Nazi saucer about the time of the Roswell crash, for the reason that if the Americans had, why was the Avrocar a failure? It also shows that UFOs were not American. Here the video shows a clip of Airforce General Sandford talking about UFOs. He states that they have received 3,000 sightings, the great bulk of which could be adequately explained. These are hoaxes, misidentified aircraft, and meteorological and electrical phenomena. But some sightings were still unexplained and the American air force was still attempting to resolve them. But they were convinced that these sightings showed no pattern or purpose that related to a threat to the US.
  4. But did research into flying discs terminate with the Avrocar? The Groom Lake test facility, dubbed Area 51, was active from 1951 and was the place where a series of high-performance military aircraft, including the U2 spy plane, the Blackbird and the stealth fighter, were developed and tested.

Felton also suggests that Nazi disc research could also be entirely fictional and that Epp and co. were lying. This has been turned into a credible story by documentary film-makers, and that flying discs are really a post-War development. As the Nazis experimented with every other form of aircraft, it is credible that some experiments were made. It is not certain, however, if any of these aircraft were ever built of flown. What is certain is that Hitler never flew to a secret Antarctic base in one.

Felton thanks Panzerfux military kits for the use of the photograph of the Miethe disc, and begins his video with the statement that it ‘isn’t going to be like certain kinds of popular TV documentaries, much in vogue at the moment’. This looks like a swipe at some of the programmes on the History Channel, which has run any number of programmes on UFOs. It also has a TV series in which Dr Allen Hynek and a USAF officer try to get at the truth about flying saucers, while von Braun and his team are experimenting with a real one. The first series of the show is out on video, and looks like an attempt to do something vaguely like the X-Files but for the 21st century.

There has been discussion and debate about the possible existence of Nazi flying saucers since the end of the Second World War, and this reached a peak in the 1990s when W.A. Harbinson published Projekt UFO. This concluded that the Nazis really did have flying saucers and that these were now stationed at a secret Nazi base in Antarctica. The Nazis had also created a race of cyborg pilots, surgically altered to fly them and survive the high speeds and dangerous conditions. Kevin McClure and the peeps over at Magonia did some research into these claims, and concluded that they were rubbish. The evidence for some of them is tenuous and contradictory. For example, Giuseppe Belluzzo is also called ‘Bellonzo’ in some of these accounts. Some of the people pushing these stories were neo-Nazis, and it looks like some of the purpose behind their doing so was to keep alive the myth that the Nazis were super-scientists far in advance of the Allies. I’m extremely doubtful about this. The Germans had excellent scientists and engineers, thanks to the Prussian educational system set up in the 19th century. But their scientists and engineers faced some of the problems of official apathy ours did. Ohain, the genius behind the German jet aircraft, was also repeatedly turned down by the German air force and aviation authorities, just as Frank Whittle, the British jet inventor, was over here. Hitler was also initially convinced that the V2 was going to be a failure due to a recurring dream he had of the machine falling over and exploding. His opposition was only reversed after the Peenemunde team invited him to see the progress they had been making in its development.

And then there’s the very far-fetched story put out in videos like the one in which the Nazis developed real, space-travelling flying saucers from mediumistic messages telepathically received from Aldebaran. In my opinion, this is complete nonsense. I was always sceptical of the idea that the Nazis developed flying discs, but it looks like there may be more evidence for them than I thought.

If they were developed, however, I think they’re far more likely to have been aircraft like the Flying Pancake, Project Y and Avrocar than highly advanced, high performance vehicles or spacecraft.


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16 Responses to “Mark Felton Examines Nazi Flying Saucer Research”

  1. Pip Says:


  2. trev Says:

    I don’t believe a word of it. The Germans were advanced in terms of rocket science and jet engines because they had the scientists who ended up defecting to America, but as for flying saucers no way! I don’t believe the US has successfully developed flying saucers either, the avro-car was a joke really, no way it could have become airborne let alone fantastically dynamic in the way that UFOs are described by witnesses. It is clear to me that flying saucers and other UFOs (the recent years US Navy “tic-tac” videos for example) are something far more advanced than any nation on earth can imagine.

  3. Brian Burden Says:

    I’m not really into this topic, but many believe that the Avrocar was a distraction operation, set up to draw attention away from heavyweight US flying disc research and never seriously intended to fly more than a few inches above the ground. Another distraction operation may habe been the Adamski encounter. Google “Hannebu” and you will find photos of a nazi prototype which is an absolute dead ringer for the UFO photoraphed by Adamski. The encounter – and the lucrative book deal and controversy which followed it! – may have been set up to allay public anxiety caused by alien visitation and domestic research. Adamski may have been an innocent dupe in all this, and genuinely believed he met a man from Venus preaching peace and love.

  4. Brian Burden Says:

    If you, or my fellow subscribers are interested in Roswell, I recommend Colonel Corso’s The Day After Roswell. Corso had the job of arranging for the back-engineering of Roswell artifacts by various US concerns.

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks, Brian. I think I’ve heard of it, but I’m also sceptical about the Roswell crash. Something definitely landed on Mack Brazel’s ranch, but I think it’s far more likely to be a balloon from Project Mogul or something similar than an extraterrestrial ship. But there’s a lot of testimony otherwise, I admit.

  5. Brian Burden Says:

    You may be interested in Paris Flammonde’s account of the Maury Island episode in UFO EXIST! (sic). This was another alleged UFO crash. Flammonde evidently suspects the whole business was an elaborate intelligence hoax, but is at a loss to explain its purpose. His book was written before Berlitz and Moore made the headlines with their book about The Roswell Incident, which, previously, had never made national news, and its interesting to note that Ray Palmer (editor of Fate) received news of Maury Island just a day or two after “USAAF captures Flying Saucer” appeared in a New Mexico newspaper. Palmer sent Kenneth Arnold to Tacoma to investigate, and this well-publicised investigation hogged the headlines for the next few weeks. In other words, whatever crashed at Roswell, the Maury Island hoax was probably set up to draw attention away from it – and it succeeded. It ended with the “hoaxers” being exposed – a clear message to the US public not to believe stories about crashed UFOs. (Though, believe it or not, there are still ufologists who think Maury Island was real.)

    • beastrabban Says:

      Thanks, Brian. I’ve read a very little about the Maury Island incident. I think Ray Palmer sent Kenneth Arnold, the man who first coined the term ‘flying saucer’ out there to investigate. It’s certainly really strange, but I hadn’t heard that it was a government hoax. Very interesting.

      • trev Says:

        One of the odd things about UFOs, as if the subject wasn’t odd enough, is that Arnold was describing the way in which the UFOs he saw were moving – like saucers being skimmed across water, though the objects he saw were chevron shaped, yet subsequent sightings by others were of saucer-shaped craft! I’ve actually seen one myself, in 2011 over Bradford City in West Yorkshire, and it did indeed look like two saucers put together in shape, but metallic in appearance.

      • Brian Burden Says:

        It’s said that the press picked up on “saucers” because US pilots returning from the European arena reported encountering “flying saucers” over Germany, so the term provided a convenient catch-all for UFOs. The Roswell “saucer” was boomerang-shaped according to some reports, but the Maury Island (fictitious) saucer(s) were definitely round!

      • beastrabban Says:

        I thought the mysterious flying objects wartime pilots saw over Germany were dubbed ‘foo fighters’ by the Americans? But they were also circular or globular, as you rightly say. In the 1990s there were more rubbish stories going around that they were also super secret Nazi UFOs developed by Bellonzo/Belluzzo, Schriever and the rest.

      • Brian Burden Says:

        The foo fighters were balls of fire. Not the same as the “saucers”.

      • beastrabban Says:

        I also heard that Arnold was referring to the way they moved rather than their physical appearance, which was as you said. Thanks for telling us about your own UFO sighting – that’s really interesting. I’ve no doubt you saw something, but quite what UFOs are, I have no idea.

  6. alfredo maldonado zapata Says:

    redesigng the naziufo reinventar los ovnis nazis energia del punt cero descubierto por albert einstein y otto stern en el año de 1937

  7. alfredo maldonado zapata Says:

    energia del punto cero descubierto por albert einstein y otto stern en el año de 1913 ovnis nazis a la mexicana electro magneto gravitic propulsion anti-gravity propulsion

  8. Brian Burden Says:

    Translation, please. I don’t dig gibberish! (Stan Freberg)

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