Recently declassified material from the United States Air Force shows something right out of Science Fiction. In the 1950’s the US was working on a UFO!
Yes, you read that right, a UFO!
Okay, not really a UFO, but it sure looks like one. Meet Project 1794 or otherwise known as the “Avrocar”.
Project 1794 was a Vertical Take off and Landing vehicle created by Avro Aircraft LTD in Canada. The original vehicle had a theoretical top speed of mach 3.5-4 and an operational ceiling of up to 100,000 feet.
“The Avrocar intended to exploit the Coandă effect to provide lift and thrust from a single “turborotor” blowing exhaust out the rim of the disk-shaped aircraft to provide anticipated VTOL-like performance. In the air, it would have resembled a flying saucer.” – From Wikipedia
The project never really “took off” and switched hands from the USAF to the US Army before it was finally abandoned.
Check out these pictures that were included in a recently De-classified document titled “Project 1794, Final Development Summary Report” on the National Archives Website and some from the Public Domain:
Though an interesting idea, it never had anything near the success of the A-12 and SR-71 Blackbird projects from the 1960’s. These planes did indeed reach mach 3+, had a maximum ceiling of 85,000 feet (95,000 for the A-12) and for a creation of the ’60’s, looked WAY ahead of their time:
If nothing more, the release of the classified material will give the UFO conspiracy theorists and alien hunters something to talk about.