The Mysterious Genius Who Patented the UFO



This is the story about
a forgotten genius, a gifted sculptor, artist, and
modern-day Leonardo da Vinci, whose UFO-like invention was the realm of pure science fiction. But it's also a story about this man, his fixation with the past,
and living on borrowed time. A couple of years ago I got this email from a guy named Randy
Hunter, who was promising me the greatest nonfiction
story never told. It was about this
inventor, who lived here, in the outskirts of Silicon Valley. He had done all sorts of amazing things, but he'd been forgotten by history, and for one reason or another, I bit on this email, and
for the last two years, I've been coming to this
guy, Randy Hunter's, place, where he has built a temple to his obsession, which is this inventor. What are you doing in here, man? I got another big batch of photos. You got a few minutes to look at this? Yeah. Meet Randy, a successful art
dealer and fine art collector. And this is the guy he wants everyone to know about, Alexander Weygers. Weygers was born in 1901,
in the Dutch East Indies. As a teen, he moved to
Europe to study engineering, and then moved to the
US to study sculpting. Near the end of World
War II, Weygers settled in Carmel, California, and it's here he carved out a most unusual life. He built a house made entirely from recycled materials,
and objects crafted by hand in his blacksmith studio. Weygers' ability to live off objects that other people threw away
turned him into a cult figure. Youngsters traveled from around the world to take his tool making
and sculpting classes. They also came to marvel at his art. This is probably the most
photographed Weygers, so far. Randy discovered Weygers in 2008, when for the first time, his
sculptures were put on sale. Randy snapped up the lot. As an art dealer, he had dreamed of hitting it big by
finding an unknown artist and making him famous, and
figured that Weygers was his man. This sculpture's my favorite one. But what started as a business deal turned into a life-altering passion. Over the next 10 years,
Randy spent countless hours, and millions of dollars, tracking down Weygers' sketches,
personal belongings, and all the finished artwork
he could lay his hands on. He produced a movie about
Weygers, wrote a book about him, and became convinced he discovered a hidden genius. What draws you, what makes
you fascinated about this man? I immediately fell in love with him, because he was just like my style. I could see the depth
in his work immediately, and he needed to be
shared with the public. The version of Randy you're
seeing is more sedate than the affable, chatty
salesman I first met. In late 2017, he started to lose a multi-year battle with cancer, and painkillers made it tough to get around, and think straight. You want a hand? Sure. A few months ago, his cancer came back, and as you'll see, he's not at his best, he's not the same guy that he used to be, and it's a difficult part of the story. His whole mission has been to make this Weygers man as famous as he can be, and Randy might not get to
see the end of that story. This is his drawings, blueprints. Okay, how do you find all this? Look at this, man. This is, all these letters. Digging, man. During his hunt into Weygers'
life, Randy discovered something extraordinary,
hand-drawn designs for an exotic aircraft,
dating back to the 1920s. Alex appeared to have invented
the very first flying saucer. That was an amazing find, in itself. When I saw the blueprints, it was undeniable that he was the creator. Weygers called his futuristic flying machine the Discopter, designed to take off vertically, and float on a cushion of air. It was a unique concept, and one he thought cities of the
future would make full use of. Weygers patented the Discopter in 1944, and then tried to sell it. He started sending all of these letters to all kinds of companies,
telling them about his invention. As word of the Discopter began to spread, Alex felt the
US military stole the idea. It was an accusation they denied, but for Weygers, evidence of the theft was there for all to see, as images of his flying saucer seeped
into popular culture, influencing everything from architecture, to cars, and movies. A two-seater, ready soon, may be the car, or chopper, of the future. There's this whole flurry of stories. Weygers First With
"Saucer", a Dutchman says he designed flying saucer 23 years ago. The Man Who Invented the Flying Disk. He didn't really seem
to be after compensation as much as recognition that
he'd done something important, and wanted a bit of credit for it. Spoiler alert, the Discopter
never became a reality. But the flying saucers it inspired live on in Randy's collection of UFO memorabilia. This is the room that I think
of as the ultimate Randy room. This is the tribute to the Discopter. You've got books, you've got toys, everything you could
ever imagine about UFOs. To me, this room has always
represented the heart of who Randy is. He's this guy with a passion that I think we would all envy, and
hope to have, for something, but also that bit of his character, where he can go too
far, and gets obsessed, to the point where some people, I think, would think he's a little nuts. How has your family and friends reacted to this, over the years, as
you've gotten deeper into it. Do they think you're a crazed man, or? How crazy you are, I think, depends on how much money you spend on your project. A couple of years ago, Randy, and his partner, Cathy, forked out $1.6 million, for the land
where Weygers used to live. While the original house is
gone, Randy's been busy, turning his new home into a temple
to all things Weygers. This is Randy's workshop,
and this is the room that I think ties him and Alex together. There's a mix of Randy and Alex's tools, and the molds of Weygers' sculptures, all lying across the room. Outside, work has started on rebuilding Weygers' artist studio and blacksmith shop, and there are plans for a brand-new Weygers museum, and a UFO fire pit is also in the works. It'll be shaped like a Discopter, and when you're actually burning a fire, it would be obvious, from a hundred feet in the air, that there's a
flying saucer on this property. You might think Randy has
more money than sense, and let's face it, he hasn't managed to make Alexander Weygers and
the Discopter household names. At least not yet. But in Weygers, Randy discovered
a kindred spirit, a man who chose to live by his own rules, and who created a legacy,
using his own two hands. What would you say to
Alex if you saw him now? I wondered if you had dreamed about that moment, or anything. I did dream about meeting him. Yeah? Figured it was the spirit of Weygers, basically telling me I'm
doing the right thing, and I should continue with my mission.

49 Comments

  1. Ashlee Vance said:

    Big ole story on Randy and Alex for those who want to know more https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-11-19/the-forgotten-legend-of-silicon-valley-s-flying-saucer-man

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  2. NILO SANTILLAN said:

    Thank you Randy for introducing Alexander Weyger to me and to those who don't know him yet. As an artist myself, I am truly fascinated by his work. I'll do some research myself on this amazing artist. I wonder how he came up with the detailed illustration of the Disc copter. There is no detailed illustration on the engine so I presume that he is just designing based on inspiration from Tesla, maybe? Or he may have seen a UFO himself. RIP Randy.

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  3. John Sanabria said:

    And probably the idiot shared it to the gov

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  4. John Johnson said:

    Ufo no.1!!!

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  5. John Johnson said:

    And then the Nazis asked for our surrenders and here is the General answer..: Nuts!

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  6. John Johnson said:

    EAT POT

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  7. John Johnson said:

    Lies! Fake Patent!

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  8. Happy Raccoon said:

    Minute 8:11 the view seems to be Loma Chacita Ridge . The canyon is the San Andreas fault. If I'm right then he is in the Croy Road, Redwood Retreat road, general area.

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  9. enoch7th adam1st said:

    suppressed by history

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  10. swoopy said:

    Well, UFOs have been depicted in paintings and cave walls for thousands of years. I just wonder where this guy got the inspiration from!

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  11. Steven Henson said:

    Well then maybe the Nazis used the stuff cuz they for Shirley had flying disc that would accommodate a lot of people and they took a lots of Japanese and Germans and flew off to Mars and never came back to populate Mars supposedly they been tomorrow she been the moon and other places while they definitely have the flying crafts to do it and maybe they got the original blueprints or whatever from this guy then maybe but a lot of the scientist of Germany say that they also got help from above if you know what that means above other types of beings

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  12. Steven Henson said:

    I don't know if too many people know but we have a secret space program USA we have craft of all different shapes and sizes and even in India they have the verana now was a flying craft and supposedly there were a lot of them I think we're just re-inventing what we already invented long ago this generation of people are whatever this group of people but all the technology was here before I think this world a few different times had populated the world and then catastrophic events or whatever one of them course was the flood but they had other ones and then people got wiped out and they started over again and but the flying vehicles or whatever have been around even before we are around with another group of people are other groups of people in India has all kinds of paperwork to prove it I guess it was called. Verana or something flying craft

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  13. Thad Dunkin said:

    Aww, that Randy was just …. incredible. I can’t put the right word on it (stoner) but yeah, his idol-dude was absolutely fascinating as well.😎🤓

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  14. Ian Burke said:

    That August Rodin bronze… whew..

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  15. t1u9b8a8 said:

    Thought this was gonna be about John Searle. I mean, he was the real deal.

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  16. Robert J. Holtz said:

    RIP Randy.

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  17. Michael McKinnon said:

    Looks like it would be fun to fly

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  18. NelsonianB said:

    Build the flying disc!

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  19. J L said:

    The goverment black listed randy hunter to not get the correct treatment for cancer as the us goverment have since seized all his factual paperwork on Heyer

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  20. Busch Wacker said:

    That art is beautiful, I really like the one where the woman is on her back as if she is dead upon the rocks and man seems to be crying with great sorrow. I could feel his pain.

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  21. Robert Alcantar said:

    here we go. this might be the metal alloy version
    (which is man made) of the extraterrestrials occupied flying object, but they couldn't make it work the way a ufo does.

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  22. Vondell CLINKSCALE said:

    R.I.P. RANDY HUNTER🙏

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  23. R:man Borloza said:

    Thank you Randy.

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  24. Foo-Wing Li said:

    1920 Multi-rotar Vehicle – Quadcopter

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  25. Suraj Misir said:

    Research on "Maharshi Bharadvaj" He was A Master Genius …. More than 30 Different types of Viman (AirVehicle) He had Designed with Different fules…. Go For It…

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  26. solunasunrise said:

    seems like someone just took conventional technology like a gas turbine/piston engine/perhaps jet engine/ and tried to make a different vehicle layout from this …. its not genius , its artsy ….. not a ufo !!!….just a flyin hovercraft

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  27. Yabba Dabba said:

    Lucifer was always jealous of me because I created spaceships in my previous life and all he could do is wiggle his dick.

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  28. Yabba Dabba said:

    A disc-copter is not a spaceship. The aliens that exist today would laugh at it and call it junk.

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  29. Yabba Dabba said:

    Haha. how dumb. I created the space aliens and spaceships. I used to be an alien, before I demoted myself and became a human.

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  30. Sandro Flores said:

    Why not create a model? Bullshit

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  31. Ben Harlow said:

    🤪

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  32. Aidan McLaughlin said:

    Tell him to use rso, Rick Simpson oil if he wants to live or at least a chance of living

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  33. tommi mimnaugh said:

    what!!!!

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  34. Keith Poley said:

    Discovers suppressed artist who invented flying saucers, gets cancer. How convenient.

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  35. TUFF GONG GB said:

    MARANATHA KYMRY

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  36. MrPolit3 said:

    FaKE NEWS

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  37. Karma WOUNGEL Pakhrin said:

    You may discover it but you cant identify 👽

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  38. Irfan Nasyriq said:

    not to be negative n bs,he just design it..not the first inventor of ufo,,

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  39. brady williams said:

    great story thanks loved it

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  40. David Mckee said:

    To live a life of passion and purpose is to live life. Thank you Randy, now I know who Alexander Weygers is.

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  41. Marc S said:

    If it's identified in a patent so why calling it an Unidentified flying object ?

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  42. Don D said:

    UFO or hover craft? The similar aircraft that the military built couldn't get more than a couple feet off the ground and was completely unstable. This design is useless, not even close.

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  43. Neal Head said:

    Wouldn't it be an F.O. ?
    Lol😌

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  44. John Mullins said:

    You can't patent a UFO since you need to describe it in great detail. So much for clickbait titles.

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  45. Geppetto said:

    The first time I saw a flying saucer was when I pinched a waitress.

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  46. paolo galli VR said:

    Che dire un uomo che  ha usato bene il suo  tempo e il suo cervello non ne sono poi rimasti cosi tanti nel mondo.Auguri x la salute sperando che tutta questa arte e tutto il suo lavoro non vada sprecato .Saluti by paolo italy

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  47. Slayer 76 said:

    SecureTeam 10 brought me here. I subbed

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  48. Alvin Johnson said:

    " Make Saucer Great Again! " 🛸🛸🛸

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  49. Anne Weddle said:

    Well dang, I wrote that before your vid ended, so I didn't see the announcement at the end, I'm sorry he died in '17.  Can't believe a simple thing like Baking Soda will kill it.

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