called the “Avro Canada VZ-9AV Avrocar,” this thing was a big old flop.

the Canadian military started it, but dropped it due to high cost.

the U.S. Air Force picked it up and funded it til 1961.

well played Canada, well played.

'Flying Saucer' Was an Air Force Hover Vehicle

Declassified files about a U.S. Air Force flying saucer sound like a conspiracy theorist’s dream come true. But the designs simply reveal more about a known military project from the 1950s that ended up more in the realm of science fiction rather than science fact.

Drawings of the saucerlike vehicle come from “Project 1794, Final Development Summary Report” — a 1956 document recently uncovered by the National Archives that describes a vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) aircraft capable of hovering at ground level and reaching supersonic speeds in the sky. But tests at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio soon showed that the concept fell far short of its supposed promise.

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