Finally Declassified: US Military made “Flying Saucers”
A once top-secret military project has now become part of American history. It dates back to 1959 during the Cold War when a scientist named Jack Frost was working hard on some new technology – flying saucers. Nicknamed ‘Avrocar’, these saucers were genuine, all American made, UFO style aircraft which were sanctioned by the US military, but why?
After World War II, America went through a UFO craze with hundreds upon hundreds of sightings being reported. Coincidentally, this was around the same time as the Cold War as well as the Avrocar’s development. There has been some speculation surrounding the increase in UFO sightings and many say that they were in fact connected to the US military’s anxiety about the Cold War with some suggesting that they were spreading paranoia. For obvious reasons, if someone saw the Avrocar, they would be pretty taken back by it.
A few years before the Avrocar’s existence was known to the public, someone reported a flying saucer sighting, which took place in 1947. An assembly line employee for the Lockheed aerospace company, Orfeo Angelucci, reported coming into contact with a hovering flying saucer on the roadside when he was driving home late one night. It wasn’t just a sighting though. He claimed that he interacted with the occupants when a voice spoke to him, telling him not to be afraid. Shortly after, a male and a female figure with large eyes and an impressive nobility about them appeared and communicated with him telepathically. As with many UFO sightings, it’s hard to tell if they are legitimate due to the lack of proof. However, this is considered by many to be the very first and is oddly specific, it just might hold some merit.
As time went on, more and more UFO sightings were reported. In fact, the US governmentofficially instructed citizens to report supposed UFOs to a new division of the Air Force called “Project Blue Book”. The results showed that between 1947 and 1969, citizens reported over 12,000 UFO sightings with the highest being 1952 which had over 1,500 individual sightings.
What exactly was the Avrocar for?
Despite it’s alien-like appearance, the Avrocar did actually have a purpose. It was designed to be the ultimate subsonic transporter for US troops which could go at incredible speeds in an instant. As anxiety grew about the Cold War and soviet threats, the Avrocar took priority over other projects during its development.
The man behind it all was Jack Frost, who in fact was bit of a legend. The British engineer had paved the way for many supersonic aircraft designs, specifically vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicles that can hover, take off, and land vertically. Throughout the 1950s, Frost was working at Avro Canada, a now-defunct aircraft manufacturing company. He worked in a classified department called the Special Projects Group (SPG). A lot of the time, these projects were completed in secure locations with guards and special pass cards, all behind locked doors of course. So if anyone was going to be able to produce the next subsonic vehicle, it was Frost.
Did it work?
In the traditional sense, the Avrocar didn’t fulfill its original purpose of becoming a new vehicle transport military personnel at high speeds. While Frost assured everyone that it was possible, it just wasn’t meant to be. The two aircraft that were put through testing were only able to go three feet off the ground and top speeds were about 35 MPH. Even then, the crafts were overheating and when in operation, they produced a high pitched piercing sound which isn’t pleasant for anyone. By spring of 1961, only two years after it’s first free flight, the project was deemed to be too expensive to continue and was shut down. Check it out in action in the video below!
Despite the Avrocar seemingly failing, it did still prove to be a revolutionary creation, paving the way for modern hovercraft technology and cars. Science has advanced a lot since the 50s and 60s. Who knows, maybe the Avrocar will fly eventually. For now though, one of them sits in the Cold War Gallery in the National Museum of the United States Air Force while the other was reportedly put into storage by the United States Military in 2002. Who knows what’s happening to it right now? Perhaps it’s already being worked on. Maybe we will see the Avrocar return in the future. Only time will tell now…