08 October 2012 04:28 PM ET
|Newly declassified designs show the Air Force's attempts to
build a flying saucer capable of both hovering and going supersonic.
CREDIT: National Archives
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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