Canada's Flying Saucer
Canada's Flying Saucer
by Palmiro Campagna, P. Eng
U.S. Air Force Flight Test Centre at Edwards Air Force
Base in California examined the design and concluded
with the following comment: "Performance, stability
and control of the Avrocar in its present configuration
prevents accelerating in ground effect to a free air
flight speed. Full-scale wind tunnel results indicate
that sufficient control is available to conduct a transition
into high speed flight... provided that 35 to 40 knots
can be obtained with the focusing ring control system..." The
report went on to list the areas that would require
modification in order to fly.
Was the Avrocar a failure? The answer is debatable. When one reads the technical reports on the aircraft, it is stated quite clearly that this was a research effort intended for the study of vertical take-off and landing principles. Indeed, the project was watched closely by the British and it has been said that some of the knowledge gained migrated years later into the British Harrier fighter. Still, the fact remains that the Avrocar did not fly as originally expected.
All that remains of the once-vaunted avrocar programme is this forlorn display at the U. S. Army Transportation Museum at Fort Eustis, Virginia, and a second prototype " gathering dust" in a Smithsonian Institute warehouse in Washington, DC.
Following termination of the Avrocar project, John Frost moved to New Zealand. He worked on a variety of projects for Air New Zealand before his death in 1979, having never realized his dream of the circular wing aircraft and its military potential.
note: Palmiro Campagna of Ottawa is author of 'The
UFO Files. The Canadian Connection Exposed, ' which
includes a detailed discussion of the Avrocar. He also
wrote the best-selling "Storms of Controversy.
The Secret Avro Arrow Files Revealed.'
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