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The Avro Canada VZ-9V Avrocar was a flying saucer in the true sense of the word. It used three turbojets to turn a central impeller which kept it airborne by providing downward thrust. A vane and shutter system allowed the aircraft to be maneuvered by venting thrust in any direction desired.

Canada Avrocar
It was capable of carrying two crew seated in separate enclosed cockpits on either side of the aircraft. Total diameter of the Avrocar was 18 feet (5.5 metres), however it measured only 3.5 feet (1.07 metres) tall.

The Avrocar was first proposed in the early 1950s by the Avro company to the Canadian government. Later the United States government showed a great deal of interest and ploughed alot of money into the project. It was originally envisaged as a VTOL aircraft, and there were wild claims in the Canadian Defense Ministry that the aircraft would be capable of 1,500 mph.

Development of the aircraft was long and problematic. It appeared in several different forms throughout the development program, and each time the goals of the project were scaled back. It proved to be unstable at heights over about 8 feet, and any hope of it achieving its claimed speeds were soon dashed. A sedate 35 mph was the highest speed ever attained by the Avrocar. The US Army showed some degree of interest briefly while they were trying to develop a "Flying Jeep". But it wasn't enough to save the project and the plug was finally pulled in 1961.

The first Avrocar built (Serial no. 58-7055) currently resides in the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

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