Fly the Friendly skies in Air India Vimanas
(excerpts) by David Hatcher Childress
(source: Technology of the Gods - The Incredible Sciences of the Ancients p 147-209)
Ancient Flying Machines
Airplane Models ©1996 Lumir G. Janku. All rights reserved. Reprinted with permission.
This object (shown in sketch) was found in 1898 in a tomb at Saqquara, Egypt and was later dated as having been created near 200 BCE. As airplanes were unknown in the days when it was found, it was thrown into a box marked "wooden bird model" and then stored in the basement of the Cairo museum.
Forthtell: The Hidden History Of Flight: