Unsettled History: The Nazi Bell Aircraft in American Skies

February 8, 2014 Updated: February 8, 2014

The Nazi Bell, an aircraft involving antigravity technology, disappeared after World War II, but crafts with the same design have allegedly been sighted across the United States, leading some to believe that the U.S. government has the Nazi Bell and is experimenting with it.

It is said that during the Nazi occupation of Poland, the Nazis—specifically Nazi scientist Wernher von Braun and SS General Hans Kammler—were working on a craft that used electromagnetism as its propulsion. The craft was known as “Die Glocke” or “The Bell.”

Some sketches of the craft have survived, according to the History Channel, and they specify dimensions of 10 feet high and 5 feet in diameter.

There is no evidence to support the project’s use during World War II, but there is evidence of its development. As Germany was being invaded by the Allies, the entire bell project—along with project leader Kammler—disappeared.

Conspiracy theorists suggest that the Nazi Bell was taken to the United States—as were many German scientists—and that the United States has continued research on the technology.

Both von Braun and Kammler were developers of advanced German weapons and rocketry, including the V–2 rocket. Von Braun surrendered to allied forces during Germany’s fall and was enlisted in the U.S. government for advanced propulsion and rocket development. Von Braun headed up the Saturn rocket development for NASA and played a significant role in putting Americans on the moon with the successful Saturn V rocket used in Apollo 11, according to PBS.

UFO supporters believe the German bell craft is related to the UFO crash in Kecksburg, Pa., on Dec. 9, 1965. Perhaps the most famous UFO incident second to Roswell, the Kecksburg incident involved many eye witnesses who saw a fiery streak overhead and a crash. There were civilian responders to the crash before the Army, National Security Agency, Department of Defense, and NASA showed up to claim the object, according to UFO Evidence.

Allegedly, first responders included Kecksburg volunteer firefighters, who saw an acorn-shaped object half-buried where it went down in the woods. Other residents claim to have made it to the site before authorities and reported seeing a golden-bronze colored, acorn-shaped craft large enough to fit just one occupant and marked with strange hieroglyphic writing. The object appeared to be one solid piece of metal with no rivets or seams, according to UFO Evidence.

Hundreds of witnesses were near the crash site but were reportedly turned away by military personnel. Some witnesses saw the object leaving on a flatbed truck. In 2005, NASA revealed that the object was a downed Soviet satellite, contrary to their earlier claims, according to Today in History. NASA also claimed that all records of the incident were misplaced sometime in the 1990s.

Other sightings of bell-shaped UFOs over America include four bell-shaped objects sighted over Maryland on April 5, 2009, and a more recent domed, bell-shaped UFO floating over Colorado on Jan. 15, 2013.

Perhaps the origin of these bell-shaped objects—be it Nazi-designed, American reverse-engineered, or extraterrestrial—will never be known, even though these objects continue to be seen throughout America and abroad.