The US’s Secret Flying Saucers – or the ‘Avrocar’ – an Expensive Cold War Flop.

The US’s Secret Flying Saucers – or the ‘Avrocar’ – an Expensive Cold War Flop.

Above Photo: Once airborne the Avrocar could only manage a top speed of 35mph.

A little before the Vietnam War kicked off, the US and Canada were jointly working on a series of top secret UFO-style flying machines which were capable of vertical take-off and landing, called the Avrocar.

Using German scientists who’d been developing the technology during the Second World War, the US hoped the machines would fly at up to 2,000 miles per hour at an altitude of 80,000 feet.

The Canadians unveiled this version of the Avrocar in the 1950s.

The Canadians unveiled this version of the Avrocar in the 1950s.

Though designed in 1955 the papers describing these designs weren’t declassified until 1995.

The US military was testing and flying ‘UFO’ design aircraft right through the 1950’s and had as many as 35 saucer projects with vertical lift off and descent. The most highly classified was known by the code name Silver Bug.

The Avrocar S-N 58-7055 model.

The Avrocar S-N 58-7055 model.

Project Silver Bug was a code name given to an experimental saucer-shaped aircraft in the 1950s built by Avro Aircraft Ltd. in Malton, Ontario, Canada for the US military.

By 1960 about 10 million dollars had been spent on the Avrocar project, but during tests, the aircraft could not rise more than four or five feet above the ground without becoming very unstable, and it could only reach a safe speed of 35mph.

This Avrocar is in the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

This Avrocar is in the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

Attempts were made to design mechanisms to increase its stability without success and the project was discontinued in 1961, an expensive Cold War failure.

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