Recent Unclassified US Documents Reveal Plans For Prototype UFO

The truth is out there, I want to believe, aliens stole my neighbours, etc. I don't know if Earth has been visited by extraterrestrial life, or if people have been abducted and found one too many probes in certain, sensitive areas. What I do know is that the US Air Force was keen enough on flying saucers to have a crack at prototyping one, as these documents from the 1950s show.

Called "Project 1794", the craft was expected have a maximum ceiling of 30.5km, a top speed of Mach 4 and a range of around 1850km, all in a VTOL (vertical-take-off-and-landing) configuration.

$US3,168,000 was required to keep the prototype alive — about $26.1 million dollars in today's coin, accounting for inflation.

Whether this was a contributing factor, we don't know, but obviously it didn't reach mass production, otherwise we might be flying around in them right now, George Jetson style.

OK, that's a bit of a stretch. We're still waiting on those hoverboards Back to the Future promised us, anyway.

[National Archives, via Wired]

Images: National Archives


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    I wonder what will be unclassified in 50 years from now.

    1950's. Hmm. I wonder if they were inspired by the "weather balloon" that crashed in Roswell, New Mexico in 1947?

    brb tinfoil hat

    "Avro", the same Canadian company that worked on the ill-fated "Arrow" project, which was shut down due to US political interference about the same time as this was being designed. I wonder if the same cross-border political machinations were involved here?

    Last edited 06/10/12 3:07 pm

    The government has technology so far ahead of us, they probably already have found a way to create an infinite source of energy to power vehicles. Instead.... we're still sucking the Earth dry like vampuric parasites leaching off this planet just so the oil tycoons can rake in their billions upon billions.

    Nope. Just an Apple campus. =P

    Isn't this somewhat incorrectly termed? I mean if they were creating an Unidentified Flying Object then it's no longer Unidentified.

    :)

    Did they really cancel the project though...? :)

    My family always say that I am killing my time here at net, except I know I am getting familiarity every day by reading thes nice articles.

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