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Welcome to Larry Page’s Secret Flying-Car FactoriesBloomberg Businessweek, June 9, 2016
by Ashlee Vance
Northern California in particular has had a long fascination with flying cars. In 1927 a now mostly forgotten engineer named Alexander Weygers first began thinking up the design for a flying saucer that could zip between rooftops. In 1945 he received a patent for what he described as a “discopter,” a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) machine with room inside for passengers to walk around, cook, and sleep. He depicted smaller versions landing in pods atop buildings in downtown San Francisco. No discopters were built, though it’s believed that the U.S. Army, which paid visits to Weygers’s compound in Carmel Valley, Calif., tinkered with a prototype.
Carmel Valley Artist Patented
Monterey Peninsula Herald, April 13, 1950
Flying Saucer 75 Years Ago
by Ritch Lovejoy
The man who conceived the flying saucer in 1927, completed specifications and drawings, and patented it in 1944, is a talented engineer, artist, engraver, sculptor and teacher named Alexander G. Weygers, 48, who lives with his wife, Marian, in Carmel Valley. The patented name of the flying saucer is Discopter, which may indicate to you how it works, but which does not indicate the subtle improvements over modern flying methods that Weygers theorized so far ahead of his time.