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Pilot testing Avrocar on Retro TVs. Sepia Tone. (Stock Footage)

Pilot testing Avrocar on Retro TVs. Sepia Tone. (Stock Footage)

The Avro Canada VZ-9 Avrocar was a VTOL (vertical take-off and landing) aircraft developed by Avro Canada as part of a secret U.S. military project carried out in the early years of the Cold War. The Avrocar intended to exploit the Coandă effect to provide lift and thrust from a single “turborotor” blowing exhaust out the rim of the disk-shaped aircraft. In the air, it would have resembled a flying saucer. Originally designed as a fighter-like aircraft capable of very high speeds and altitudes, the project was repeatedly scaled back over time and the U.S. Air Force eventually abandoned it. Development was then taken up by the U.S. Army for a tactical combat aircraft requirement, a sort of high-performance helicopter. In flight testing, the Avrocar proved to have unresolved thrust and stability problems that limited it to a degraded, low-performance flight envelope; subsequently, the project was cancelled in September 1961. Sepia Tone. Public Domain Footage. Full HD.

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