THE SCHRIEVER STORY (I)
| The Schriever Story
The first would-be inventor of a Nazi "flying saucer". More than Belluzzo, he launched the concept of man-made UFOs by the Nazis. Like Beluzzo he died a few years after his claims and the mistery begins.
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|On the left the first page of the original "Der Spiegel" article dated March 30, 1950 (click on it for a larger picture). Mainly devoted to the overall "flying saucers" mystery (there was a huge on-going sighting wave all over Europe just that spring), the article introduced an interview with Rudolph Schriever. He claimed to have developed the blueprints for something like a circular "supersonic helicopter" back in 1942, but the project was not finished at the end of the war. Blueprints would have been likely captured by Americans or Russians and further developed. German pride for a breakthrough new aircraft or what else?||
The original "Der Spiegel" artwork of the claimed Schriever's flying saucer ("Flugkreisel"). In accordance with the famous German precision, it was duly joined by details and even a cut-through view.
|Just following the 1950 "Der Spiegel" article, Arizona artist Jim Nichols produced this nice color artwork of the Schriever's "flugkreisel". Nichols produced three additional artworks devoted to Nazi UFOs at least, soon become very popular.||Here it is another artist's rendering of the Schriever 1950 description of his own "flying saucer", here flying over the German mountains. These artworks look really fascinating when thinking to secret highly advanced aircrafts from the evil and somehow mysterious Third Reich. The great interest for "What If" situations is another of the reasons of the "evergreen" interest for such stories.|
|A different sketch of the Schriever disc published by an Italian aeronautics magazine in the late '70s. As seen in the other drawings, each illustrator often gave a different visual interpretation of the original description, likely under the influence of the classic "flying saucer" imagery.||One more different sketch of the Schriever "flugkreisel" published by an Italian aviation magazine in the late '70s.|
Side view of the "flying disc". It is really amazing the quantity of drawings produced by illustrators aimed to portrait the Schriever "wonder machine". Most of them were quite faithful to the original 1950 description, while a few others were real wishful thinking.
|Artist conception bottom view of the Schriever disc. The original description published by the "Der Spiegel" article was quite detailed and was taken again by the press in 1952, just after the claims from the never-traced Richard Miethe. Schriever died just one year later in a car accident, but his claims had already entered in the legend of Nazi UFOs.|
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