In the chapter featuring ancient aircraft and other man-made flying machines, Earth Ancients: Startling New Discoveries from our Planets distant Past, we highlight the writings from the Rig-Vedas, the oldest of four written documents (books) from India. The Rig-Veda (thought to have been written in 5000 BC), is a great fascination to our scientists because of its accurate description of space, the planets and general cosmology (the study of space.) But there is more within the Rig-Vedas which is unnerving to many, and this is the descriptions of flying vehicles thousands of years before our written history.Rig-Veda (Vata is the Aryan god of wind).
There are many descriptions of flying machines that are generally called vimanas. These fall into two categories: (1) manmade craft that resemble airplanes and fly with the aid of birdlike wings, and (2) unstreamlined structures that fly in a mysterious manner and are generally not made by human beings. The machines in category (1) are described mainly in medieval, secular Sanskrit works dealing with architecture, automata, military siege engines, and other mechanical contrivances. Those in category (2) are described in ancient works such as the Rg Veda, the Mahabharata, the Ramayana, and the Puranas, and they have many features reminiscent of UFOs." "There are ancient Indian accounts of manmade wooden vehicles that flew with wings in the manner of modern airplanes. Although these wooden vehicles were also called vimanas, most vimanas were not at all like airplanes. The more typical vimanas had flight characteristics resembling those reported for UFOs, and the being associated with them were said to possess powers similar to those presently ascribed to UFO entities. An interesting example of a vimana is the flying machine which Salva, an ancient Indian king, acquired from Maya Danava, an inhabitant of a planetary system called Taltala."