8 January 1956 Province Emsland, Eiffelland Eiffelland’s souternmost province, Emsland, had a very flat landscape. There were only some hills in the North; the remainder of the province consisted of grass lands and sand grounds. Sand grounds, but not deserts; Southern Eiffelland was not warm enough for that. Instead, there were quite a lot of pine-forests on the sand grounds. Emsland mainly lived from cattle breeding and forestry, but because this province was sparsely populated, it also contained exercise areas for the Armed Forces. In the past, farmers were bought out at reasonable prices and offered land elsewhere to get one large united exercise area for the armed forces. And there was quite some testing to do. First of all: Two new fighter planes from Dassau Flugzeugwerke that were scheduled to enter the market in 1959. Dassau Flugzeugwerke was one of the first companies to introduce a supersonic plane, but it saw the need to go further. The new planes were designed to fly twice the speed of sound. The Luftgeist was a plane developed together with Bourgogne, which called it Mirage. The other plane was a 100% Eiffellandian design, the Wassergeist. It was called that way because it had to be able to land on and take off from aircraft carriers. However, although a 100% Eiffellandian design, it used many of the design features of the Luftgeist. Dassau had built prototypes of both planes, and both planes would fly for the first time today. But not only planes were tested here. Dassau Flugzeugwerke and Rathenau Militärausrüstung had a joint-venture in which they developed missiles together. Rathenau was the company that would market these missiles. Heat seeking air‑to‑air missiles had already been tested once, but were not available to the market yet (although that would happen soon). Also air‑to‑surface and surface‑to‑air systems were tested. The plane testing didn’t go as expected. The prototype of the Luftgeist was the first one to go into the air. The plane took off without a problem. Then it also crossed the sound barrier without a problem. Because everything went without problems, the test pilot accelerated further. The plane had been designed to reach Mach 2 and beyond, and reached it. But then something unexpected happened. The plane suddenly became unstable. Something nobody had expected. The test pilot barely managed to keep the plane in control. He immediately reduced the speed and returned to the testing facility. He landed without any problems. After that, the Wassergeist went into the air. Also here the same picture. Everything went well, until the pilot reach Mach 2. Then the plane became unstable. The pilot decelerated and flew back. The problems were discussed after the test flights. Meteorological data were re‑evaluated to detact any strange athmospheric circumstances. None were found. The lead engineer decided that additional investigations were needed. Later on, upon his suggestion, a wind tunnel capable of creating wind speeds of 3,000 km/h would be built to investigate the phenomenon. The cause of the phenomenon would be found. It would be called “Unstart”. Also other problems regarding instability would be found and solved. All problems together would postpone the introduction of the Luftgeist and the Wassergeist to 1960. The leading engineer of the project was a man in his fifties, in perfect physical health. But that was the result of a genetic predisposition. The first Eiffellandian reaching an age of 100 years was somebody in his mother’s family, and his father’s family was extremely healthy as well. His paternal and maternal families originated from the Harz, and his parents still lived there. He himself moved to Trier when he was offered a job at Dassau Flugzeugwerke after he absolved his technical studies. He also had a flying permit, so sometimes he flew to his parents in the Harz in a small private aeroplane. After today’s tests, he was called by his wife. It appeared that his father, a 78 year old man who still made long walks through the mountains even during winter, had found a corpse during today’s walk. The police had told him that it was probably the corpse of somebody who was reported missing a month earlier.