Remembering Silicon Valley’s Flying Saucer Man

A wealthy art dealer has made that his mission.

Alexander Weygers Discopter. Credit:
Alexander Weygers Discopter. Credit:
Collection of the Oakland Museum

Randy Hunter, a wealthy art dealer and collector in California’s Silicon Valley, is building a temple in honor of his obsession with an inventor named Alexander Weygers.

Born 1901 in the Dutch East Indies, Weygers spent time as a teen in Europe studying engineering then moved to the US and became a sculptor. Locally, Weygers became known for his home, which is built entirely from recycled materials.

Hunter discovered Weygers in 2008 when the designer’s sculptures were put on sale. He revealed to Bloomberg Businessweek that he has spent millions tracking down works of art, sketches and other personal items that belonged to the forgotten designer.

Through his collecting, Hunter discovered blueprints from the 1920s that appeared to be plans for the first-ever flying saucer. Weygers called it “the discopter” and it was designed to take off vertically and float on a cushion of air. Weygers patented the idea in 1944. As word spread of this amazing invention, his idea became popular throughout the community.

Weygers claims the US military stole his ideas, which they deny. However, images in movies, TV and pop culture were everywhere so Weygers never believed the military’s denial.

Hunter has bought Weygers’ property and is rebuilding his studio and blacksmith shop with plans for a UFO firepit and a museum to honor Weygers.

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