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Avro Canada's Flying Saucer:


The VZ-9V Avrocar


Avrocar "In June 1954 Avro Canada produced a report entitled "Project Y2: Flat Vertical Take-Off Supersonic Gyroplane".The report described a circular craft using conventional engines for power, with a cockpit on the front of the craft. Intakes for forward flight were located at the top and bottom of the craft, forward of the cockpit. For vertical takeoff, intakes were located in an inner ring on the upper surface."

"Exhausts were located on the perimeter of the craft. During takeoff, air would flow through slots in the upper surface of the disk to radially mounted engines which would eject their exhaust to the periphery of the craft. At this point the exhaust would be deflected downwards by a series of vanes or flaps."

This is a portion of the material found in a website called "Avro Canada's Flying Saucer - The VZ-9V Avrocar Flying Disc". The vehicle was one of the earliest VTOL aircraft and was built for the U.S. Airforce. The website was the work of David Mackechnie, but that site was discontinued in the summer of 2002. However another site, one belonging to the "Exploration Network", was found to present information on this aircraft. It also provides a treatise on antigravity devices and is located at -

exn.ca/StarWars/antigravity2.cfm

Avrocar Editor's Note When this website item was first entered here the editors did not take into consideration that the width of the Avrocar at eighteen feet was beyond acceptable road width. This fact would normally exclude it from Roadable Times. However, in view of the Avrocar's historic value as one of the first VTOLs ever built, and the fact that it was a "saucer" at that, we have decided to let the reports remain.
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