I hadn't heard anything about that, so I looked it up. Here's what I found:
Did the Incas Build Aircraft?
Comment: I found only a couple of websites that discussed the "Incan airplanes." This is the kind of Internet posting I take with a shaker full of salt. It would be easy for someone to fake. Until I see the information in a scientific journal, or at least the National Geographic, I doubt it's real.
The page appears to have been put together by someone named Nicole Coleby. I don't claim that she's perpetuating a hoax, although she may be. It's just as likely that she's repeating rumors she's heard from a follower of Erich van Daniken. She's posted drawings by someone named Lumir G. Janko, so perhaps he's the source of the "airplanes."
Writerfella here --
Oh, poo! Look closely at the first illo (faked or no). Can't you see that it is a human figure wearing a cape? Oops, not the best association since von Danikers NOW could claim it shows an Incan SuperHero! Look! Up in the sky! It's a Quetzal! It's a Qantas! It's...MESOMAN, and not a second too soon!
amazing no scientist ever put this together. clay? no. how about balsa wood? guess where the balsa wood is native to? south america. you can go to your hobby store and buy balsa wood airplanes that actually fly. no doubt the Inca looked at a bird, made some balsa wood carvings, realized it needed a stabilizing tail fin, and recarved some new ones that could actually fly.
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