Skooter reporting 10/20/12
A flying saucer program…? Well what do yah know… they kept the truth in a warehouse for 56 years?
More than 100 cardboard boxes full of records were set to be declassified by the National Declassification Center in College Park, Md., and one of them was opened and stumbled onto a 114-page document from 1956 that would surely interest the tin-foil-hat crowd. The document incidentally described a secret program by the Air Force to build a flying saucer.
Neil Carmichael, director of the declassification review division at NDC, was quoted as saying as it told Popular Mechanics, "These records have been classified probably since their creation during the '50s. It’s like somebody went into somebody’s office, emptied out a filing cabinet, stuck it in a box, sealed it, and sent it off to the federal records center. It was deemed permanently valuable at some point in its life and that’s why we have it today."
The group posted a few images last week, and a brief blog entry on the program, which was said to cost just about $3.2 million, the report said. The group is about to digitize the whole document and has not yet release it onto its website, an NDC representative told FoxNewscom.
Carmichael told FoxNews.com that it never stop to amaze him what they found in the records and that this document is just a drop in the agency’s bucket. Carmichael said that they have about 400 million pages to get through the executive order President Obama signed in 2009. He told his technicians that if they find anything interesting let them know.
Not yet posted on the website are the latest released documents of the National Declassification Center. The docs offer information on a Cold War-era plan to build a round, vertical takeoff and landing aircraft that can only be expressed as a flying saucer.
The following description of the alleged flying saucer are: disk-shaped craft, complete with an ejector seat, powered by a “ram jet.” It was designed to attend a max speed of Mach 4 and reach more than 100,000 feet, according to the drawn out document, entitled “Project 1794, Final Development Summary Report” and dated 1956.
It was disclosed that the Air Force had contracted the building of the craft to a Canadian company, Avro Aircraft Limited in Ontario.
The document says the secret aircraft supposedly have six Armstrong Siddeley Viper turbo-jets, 1,900 lb. thrust, 22.0” overall diameter, 525 lb weight each are mounted radially in the wing, exhausting inwards; and used as gas generators to drive a pair of contra-rotating centrifugal impellers by means of a radial inflow turbine.
A great deal of the 114-page document is committed to complete descriptions and schematics of the propulsion system, as tested in a scale model seen in a strings of photographs. However the report seems to wind up that the flying saucer was better in concept than actual execution.