Science: Saucer Blue Book

The Air Force has been so bedeviled by reports of flying saucers (the little-men-from-Venus kind) that it is almost afraid to talk about saucer-shaped aircraft. Last week Secretary of the Air Force Donald A. Quarles released a few well-guarded words about a vertically rising jet-craft that will soon be tested by Ryan Aeronautical Co. of San Diego. He admitted that it might be mistaken for some sort of flying saucer.

"We are now entering," said Quarles, "a period of aviation technology in which aircraft of unusual configuration and flight characteristics will begin to appear." As an example of aircraft-to-come, he told...

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