Ancient airplanes were not typical to India and Egypt; you will be surprised to know that golden trinket-like structures were found in America too that resembled aircrafts. Stratigraphical studies conducted on these gold models have attributed them to a period in between 500 and 800 CE, which makes them over 1000 years old!
Precolombian Airplane Model
The discoverers of these gold artifacts found them similar to animal shapes though later observations related them to airplanes because of the telltale signs of cockpit openings on them. Besides, if you see these structures for yourself, its plane-like nose meant for take-offs and landings will strike you immediately. To add to these, the gold ornaments seem to have a tail at their rear for obvious aerodynamic reasons.
This particular ‘model’ is on display in the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC. Its explanation states: “gold artefact, a stylised insect, from the Quimbaya culture, Antioquia province, Columbia, ca. 1000-1500 AD.”
The spirals upon its wings and nose look like symbolical inscriptions rather than zoomorphic (animal like) eyes. You will further see semicircular grooves, a rectangular knob-like projection under the fuselage, slightly down-curved wings and the geometric symmetry of the entire structure. All these features have led many experts to conclude the figurines as crude forms of olden airplanes.