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The Flying Saucer Snapped Up By The US Army

From: William Bolt <ab5sy.nul>
Date: Sun, 8 Apr 2007 16:00:42 -0700 (PDT)
Fwd Date: Sun, 08 Apr 2007 22:48:52 -0400
Subject: The Flying Saucer Snapped Up By The US Army 


Source: The Daily Mail - London, Endgland, UK

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

04/07/07

The Flying Saucer Snapped Up By The US Army

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[Photo]
Geoff Hatton and his invention

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The age of the British amateur inventor toiling away in his
humble garden shed lives on - and Geoff Hatton is proof of it.

The former hovercraft engineer has designed and patented a
flying saucer from his workshop in Peterborough that has grabbed
the imagination of the American military establishment.

Video: Watch the amazing flying saucer in action (Load the URL
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"My son said it was a bloody silly idea,' said Mr Hatton. "Now
I've proved it works, he says sorry, he was wrong."

The 68-year-old has won a contract with the US government for
his 3ft- wide contraption, a cross between a hovercraft and a
helicopter. It is being considered for surveillance sorties.

"Unlike a helicopter, though, this is aerodynamically neutral
and you can bump into walls and not smash the rotor,' said the
inventor.

"And, unlike a hovercraft, you can fly it as high as you want."

The dome-shaped object is powered by an electricity-driven
propeller on top that pushes air over the outer surfaces, and
has controllable flaps.

The device, which was rejected by the Ministry of Defence, was
funded partly by a =A343,000 development grant from the Department
of Trade and Industry five years ago.

The Americans are convinced that it has potential.

"It's a unique approach which lends itself to a surveillance
platform,' said Sal Gomez, of the US army's International Co-
operative Programs centre. "It could be useful in urban areas
because if it bumped into walls it could recover. This is just
the earliest of days, like the Wright Brothers."

Mr Hatton built his first model hovercraft for a church fete in
1964 and later helped build them in Britain and Canada.

Divorced, he returned to England in 1979 and spent ten years as
a market trader in Clacton.

"I was always going on to people about how hovercraft could
become flying saucers," he said.

"They got fed up with it and said, "Get on and make one then!"
So I did."

He set about turning his workshops into his own mini-Area 51s -
 the secret US military testing sites in the Nevada desert.

Mr Hatton won backing from friends, including business
consultant David Evans. He said: "It's an idea that you look at
and say to yourself, "Do you want to be like the first record
producers who turned down The Beatles?"' Dr Holger Babinsky, an
expert in aerodynamics at Cambridge University, also offered his
expertise.

Geoff's Flying Saucers - the original name for his GFS Projects
company - are based on an aerodynamic principle that has been
around for nearly 100 years.

Known as the Coanda Effect, after a Romanian jet-engine pioneer,
the principle is today used primarily in helicopters that have
no tail rotors.

Patents covering Mr Hatton's design were filed in March 2005 and
the first controlled flights took place that year.

Mr Evans said: "We can see a lot of prospects besides the
military. Farmers in America already use unmanned aerial
vehicles to inspect crops. Then there's search-and-rescue,
aerial surveying and getting close to roofs."

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