ARMED FORCES: Saucer Project

The U.S. Air Force, which has batted down many a flying-saucer report, has long wished (in private) that it could build one. By last week, the Air Force was prepared to invest heavily to make hallucination come true. Air Force men have inspected a Canadian mockup saucer, approved a more advanced design, and hope within three years to have a prototype that can take off straight up, hover in midair, and fly at mach 2.5 [nearly 2,000 m.p.h. at sea level]. Its designer: John C. M. Frost, 35, a tall, shy Briton with...

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