DISCLAIMER: Author cannot attest to the validity of this aircraft. First of all, the RLM allocation number 8-271 was already taken by the Weserflug We-271 amphibian aircraft of 1939. Second, the depicted craft looks a lot like artwork for the Roswell craft of July 1947 and NOT a wartime German design. Third,  the Me-271bz is claimed to be connected with German reverse-engineering of an alien craft. Author takes no responsibility for the authenticity of claims in detail made in the text.


At the outbreak of war in 1939, Dr. Stahl was commissioned as an officer in the German Army and assigned to Dr. Wernher von Braun and his rocket development group at Peenemünde.

In 1943, Dr. Stahl was assigned by special order to Operation “Tannhäuser” at the Kiel Naval Base. His mission: to develop radar invisibility for the German Navy. His career between 1940 and 1943 is largely a mystery.

At the end of the war, in May 1945, Dr. Stahl, along with other German scientists and intelligence personnel surrendered to US Army Intelligence to avoid capture by the Red Army. He came to the States in July, 1945, and was immediately employed by the US War Department at the White Sands Missile Test Range. From 1949 to 1958, he worked for NACA, and from 1958 to 1979 for NASA. Although Dr. Stahl's official duty post was Cape Canaveral and the Johnson Space Center at Houston, Texas, he maintained another position at Aerodyne Labs, assuming full directorship there in 1980 upon his official retirement.

Upon questioning concerning the Me-271bz, Stahl refused to comment.




By Rob Arndt


Drawings of a German World War II secret fighter project, referred to in classified Bundesarchiv records as Geheimes Jagdflugzeug Me-271bz, have recently been discovered. This aircraft was discoid in shape, and it is uncertain whether a prototype, flying or otherwise, was ever actually built by the Messerschmitt Flugzeugwerke. What is of more interest is that the lead engineer on this project was Hauptmann Immelman Stahl. It is dated October 1943, and bears a remarkable resemblance to witness reports of "flying discs" of the late war years. According to the report, the aircraft would be "invisible" to radars of the time.

It has also been asserted that the Germans had reverse-engineered alien technology and that the Me-271bz (Blitz Zerstörer/Lightning Destroyer) was the product of that effort. The craft bears a slight resemblance to depictions of the famed “Roswell” aircraft that crashed in New Mexico in July 1947 according to eyewitness accounts.

Reports of an alien spacecraft being struck by lightning and crashing late at night in early July, 1947, near Roswell, New Mexico, were the beginnings of the most compelling event in all UFO lore.

Originally reported in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and confirmed by military officials as authentic, the report was later refuted by the military and the crash remains were claimed to be nothing more than a weather balloon.

Renowned aviation artist Tony Weddel has depicted the moments before the crash by capturing the object as an alien spacecraft in the initial stages of its death throes.  In freefall, moments after being hit by a lightning upstroke, debris can already be seen in the slipstream.  Seconds later it would careen off the desert floor on the way to its final resting place.  Shedding debris from a fatal wound, its struggle for survival and the lives of seven aliens purportedly ended 40 miles later when it slammed into the wall of an arroyo.  The unusual appearance of the UFO is based on various eyewitness accounts and other sources.

Regardless, the Me-271bz was a true stealth aircraft designed and possibly built when Germany was under round-the-clock Allied bombing.

From the depiction above it is hard to describe the craft except that it appears to have a wing shape possibly based on discoid types explored by both Messerschmitt and Dr. Alexander Lippisch at AVA Göttingen in the early 1940s. The mysterious jet engines appear very similar to German-tested Lorin ramjets but there are no air intakes visible from the top side view. There is a vertical tail to the rear and fuel tanks behind the cockpit, but how the pilot flew the craft is uncertain. The strange glass canopy/view port suggests that the pilot flew the craft in a prone position. No armament is visible either but looking at the shape of the fuselage, the underbody was probably somewhat bulbous and could have featured a massive air inlet as well as twin or quad 30mm MK-108 installations supported by tricycle landing gear. Of significant interest is the blued aircraft itself, which is to my knowledge not painted. If the aircraft was made of this strange blue alloy it is almost certainly a material pioneered by SS metallurgists called “Luftschwamm” (Aero-Sponge) that was a porous blue nickel-vanadium-and mix of other unknown metals. This would explain the lack of air intakes for the jets/ramjets - Luftschwamm allows air to flow through the airframe.

Others insist the blue metal is an alien type not found on this planet but manufactured/adapted by the Germans.

No doubt the Soviets would have tested the aircraft at NII VVS before sending it off to other test facilities. Such a craft probably could not be duplicated in the USSR with Stalin’s hatred of copied German technology and his constant purges of aeronautical engineers whom he distrusted as academic enemies of the Communist ideal man. I would imagine if the Me-271bz still exists, it is in storage somewhere - forgotten.

* As a footnote one should bear in mind that the Soviet secret T-60S bomber that has remained a secret for over 4 decades was immediately changed in the 1960s from a conventional type to some form of stealth craft that is similar in configuration to the Me-271bz but without the discoid wings. Air inlets on that design were moved to the top rear fuselage and the wings were altered to variable geometry. Western military analysts have claimed the T-60S has been shelved, but the Russians insist that the project is still active.


Since the Germans involved with the Me-271bz fled to the West the captured prototype would have taken at least a decade to reverse-engineer… that is, unless the Germans got the material from an alien intelligence.