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Wether they were real or not isnt the focus of the thread but instead to share stories and information about them so we can learn more about them and perhaps what they could have been.
sloka 6-7, page 1425, Valmiki Ramayana published by Geeta Press, Gorakpur, Uttar Pradesh, India).
Each part of Pushpak Viman made of gold is delightful to see. It was studded with precious stones including sapphires. Secret rooms inside are shining like silver. On the top of the aero plane the white silken flags designed with golden colored lotuses looked grandeur. Small bells hanged on a lace made of pearls and precious jewels on the Aero Plane provided a pleasant sound. The aircraft made by Viswa Karma (divine architect) looks like the tall Sumeru Hill with spacious rooms covered with silver and pearls. Floor was covered with wonderful crystals. The airplane houses an expensive throne studded with sapphires . It goes with the speed of mind and nothing stops in its way. Rama and Lakshman got surprised looking at the hill like huge aircraft stationed in front of them. (slokas 21- 30, pages 1426-1427). Number of Vanaras could be accommodated in the aircraft (sloka 13, page 1428). Vibhishan also joined the flight along with his ministers (sloka 25). When everyone boarded the swan like plane, it got airlifted with Rama's command (slokas 25-26). All Vanaras, Rukshyas, strong Rakshasas were comfortably seated without any inconvenience (sloka 27). On Rama's command, the aircraft lifted automatically into the air and then attained greater heights making sound (sloka 1, page 1429).
HYMN LVIII. Pūṣan.
1. LIKE heaven art thou: one form is bright, one holy, like Day and Night dissimilar in colour.
All magic powers thou aidest, self-depen. dent! Auspicious be thy bounty here, O Pūṣan.
2 Goat-borne, the guard of cattle, he whose home is strength, inspirer of the hymn, set over all the world;
Brandishing here and there his lightly. moving goad, beholding every creature, Pūṣan, God, goes forth.
3 O Pūṣan, with thy golden ships that travel across the ocean, in the air's mid-region,
Thou goest on an embassy to Sūrya, subdued by love, desirous of the glory.
4 Near kinsman of the heaven and earth is Pūṣan, liberal, Lord of food, of wondrous iustre,
Whom strong and vigorous and swiftlymoving, subdued by love, the Deities gave to Sūrya.