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US Government Tested A Flying Saucer In 1956

From: Terry W. Colvin <fortean1.nul>
Date: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:38:21 +0700 (GMT+07:00)
Archived: Fri, 12 Jul 2013 08:24:42 -0400
Subject: US Government Tested A Flying Saucer In 1956


Source: The Vault

[The Vault is Slate's new history blog]


Thursday, July 11

The Government Tested A Flying Saucer in 1956. Here's
the Full Report
By Rebecca Onion

In September, a National Archives blog devoted to recently
declassified documents published a post about an intriguing set
of records from the aeronautical systems division of the U.S.
Air Force. During the 1950s, according to these documents, the
Air Force had contracted with a Canadian firm, Avro Aircraft
Limited, to produce what can only be described as a flying

While the National Archives provided a few images from Project
1794 last year, the entire report is now available online.


The report summarizes Avro's work on its initial contract with
the Air Force, which financed a feasibility study to test the
systems and principles that would be necessary to create what
Avro called a flat vertical take-off and landing aircraft.=E2=80=9D
The ship was to reach a top speed between Mach 3 and Mach 4 and
be capable of flying at 100,000 feet and ranging 1,000 nautical

The document contains several schematics detailing alternative
solutions to some of the engineering problems that the flying
saucer posed. Avro described 500 hours of wind-tunnel tests
done with a scale model and included photos of that process,
graphs of their results, and assessments of remaining issues.

At the conclusion of the report, Avro asked for more than $3
million to complete testing and development. As Wired's Benjamin
Plackett pointed out when the first saucer images were released
last year, that wasn't so much money by military standards. (It
would translate to about $26.6 million today.)

But the government decided to fund work on a smaller and less
grand saucer prototype, the Avrocar, instead. Like a helicopter
(not yet available for combat use), this aircraft could hover
near the ground, access tight spots, and help troops in need of
reinforcement or resupply.

Plackett points to video of tests of the Avrocar in which the
vehicle doesn't get more than a few feet off the ground. Pilots
found it rocky and unstable in motion, even once it managed to
rise further into the air.

In the end, the vision of a U.S. government flying saucer on any
scale was scrapped. Avro closed its doors in 1962.

Terry W. Colvin
Ladphrao (Bangkok), Thailand
Pran Buri (Hua Hin), Thailand
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