Here’s what to remember: America is no stranger to the idea of flying saucers, from reports of unusual contraptions flying in the skies above us to movies about otherworldly aliens invading our theaters. But in the 1950s, as UFO madness took the country by storm, a different kind of flying saucer was tested by the US Department of Defense. This unusual circular aircraft was known as the VZ-9 Avrocar, but today many know it simply as America’s Flying Saucer.
During World War II pilots from the United States and the Royal Air Forces were tasked with defending Britain against nighttime bombardments by the German Luftwaffe, but there was only one problem: no one ‘had never participated in full-scale air combat the night before. . Today, pilots rely on a variety of avionics systems to support combat operations in low light conditions, and while nose-mounted radar would eventually work its way into conflict, most pilots had nothing more to do than their radios and their eyesight. .
During this time, unusual lights were often reported flying alongside military planes. These UFOs, nicknamed Foo fighters, would storm the United States once media coverage returned from the European theater, only to be exacerbated by a series of unusual sightings and reports from the United States over the next decade.
Among some, including Avrocar designer Jack Frost, these Foo fighters looked less like extraterrestrial visitors and more like advanced designs of Nazi planes. With the intention of not letting Canada fall behind on this technological frontier, he set out to design his own flying saucer.
Canada eventually became disinterested in Frost’s flying saucer, and it quickly found a home with the US Air Force and the military, each seeking creative solutions to new combat problems. The military wanted a subsonic reconnaissance platform that could easily deliver troops to the front lines.
The Air Force wanted a plane that could take off without a runway, hover under enemy radar, and evade incoming fighters at supersonic speeds. According to Frost’s claims, his VZ-9 Avrocar flying saucer could do all of this and more. In fact, Frost claimed that the Avrocar would do March 4 and fly at 100,000 feet. In the end, he would never respond to these claims.
You can read the full story of the Avrocar VZ-9 that the above video is based on by following this link.
This article first appeared at Sandboxx.