Revealed: Incredible 1950s US Air Force designs of supersonic FLYING SAUCER that would travel from New York to Miami in 24 minutes
By Daily Mail Reporter
Official alien existence may have never been recorded but their supposed preferred method of transport came close to becoming a reality.
These detailed diagrams and sketches, released last month by the National Archives, show the mind-blowing military initiative, named Project 1794 to build an all-powerful fully-functioning flying saucer to patrol the skies.
In a 1956 memo it is acknowledged that the craft was to reach top speeds of 'between Mach 3 and Mach 4, a ceiling of over 100,000 ft. and a maximum range with allowances of about 1,000 nautical miles'.
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Detailed diagrammes lay out the design for the flying saucer
Project 1794 began in the 1950s and was eventually axed in 1960 [Ron: Bullshit. It just went into Black Ops.].
Engineers working on the project got so far as initial rounds of product development and had begun prototype design before their endeavors crashed.
Had they been successful, a stratosphere-spinning saucer would have been unleashed, boasting speeds of up to 2,600 miles per hour and the ability to take off and land vertically, controlled and stabilised by propulsion jets.
That would have meant a trip from New York to Miami would have taken a mere 24 minutes.
Scientists role out a prototype, hopeful it may got off the ground
One prototype sits among other spacecraft
It's fair to say the team had pretty high expectations
The project wasn't always doomed for failure, in fact those involved were fairly certain they were on the right track.
That 1956 memo goes as far as to suggest that flying saucer development was going even better than anticipated.
'The present design will provide a much superior performance to that estimated at the start of contract negotiations,' it states.
But perhaps that was just scientific optimism, or hopefulness rather, because the project was axed in 1960.[ Ron: Really? the Germans did it in the 1940s and we are supposed to beleive that the US stopped trying in 1960?].
A work in progress: Designs were followed meticulously
Trial and error: A scientist makes adjustments
Test drive: A prototype is taken for a spin
Continuing to prototype was priced at an estimated $3,168,000, or around $26.6 million in today's money, quite a hefty price tag for a project not confirmed to succeed. [Ron: YEAH RIGHTTT!].
And according to wired.com attempts so far had failed miserably to reach the desired 100,000 feet in altitude.
In fact they struggled to get much more than five feet off the ground, so the military called it a day.[Ron: Of course they did... After all they couldn't afford such extravagance could they?].
The prototype only just made it off the ground and no more
Wonder what's going through his mind! A scientist surveys Project 1794
The team admire their work. Sadly, they would never see a finished product
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