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?
"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.
Anyway, Schriever's claims came after the publication of the Giuseppe
Belluzzo claims about his saucer-shaped flak device. Many German newspapers
printed the Belluzzo interview after the Associated Press article
that was used by tens of newspapers in Italy and many other countries.
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.
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
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
different sketch of the Schriever "flugkreisel"
published by an Italian aviation magazine in the late '70s.
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.
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.
magazine "Heim und Welt" of April 2, 1950 (just very few
days after the original Schriever interview) portraied the "flying
saucer" take off, flight and landing by these three artworks.
close-up of one of the "Heim und Welt" artworks, later reprinted
also by the French magazine "Tout Savoir" (November 1954).
David Master's "German Jet Genesis" published by the
prestigious Jane's military publisher introduced this sketch
to illustrate the alleged Schriever's flying saucer. It is very likely
Masters based his information on Lusar's book about German secret
weapons of WWII, who also had a short yet provoking chapter about
German "flying saucers". Lusar's source was likely to be
early '50s newsclippings. Master's book illustrator got a quite free
interpretation of the original Schriever description: this is a nearly
classic "flying saucers", much more next to the descriptions
of UFO witnesses than to the details published in 1950.
sketch of the Schriever disc, from "Das Ufer" #18 of September
1952, introducing "flying saucers" as a possible secret
German weapon developed during World War II.
story (as well as the othesr coming from later would-be inventors)
and the concept behind it were really fascinating and well fitting
the regular publications of news about more and more dreadful German
secret weapons featured by the press since the end of WWII. Throughout
the years the designers of many magazines tried to portrait the mythical
Schriever "flukreisel", most of them taking the original
"Der Spiegel" artwork as a reference. Here there are
two additional views of such fantastic yet unlikely aircraft.
view of the artist conception of the Schriever disc ("Flugkreisel").