• Short Summary

    At the Avro Aircraft plant near Toronto, the "flying saucer" Avrocar, - filmed for the first time Oct.28 - was one of the most closely guarded military projects in Canada until now.

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    At the Avro Aircraft plant near Toronto, the "flying saucer" Avrocar, - filmed for the first time Oct.28 - was one of the most closely guarded military projects in Canada until now.

    The saucer for the U.S. Army is a circular craft about thirty feet in diameter, with a dark spot in the centre, believed to be the pilot's cockpit, and made of aluminum.

    This film was taken shortly after the Avrocar's reported first test flight.

    Further test flights will be made in the next few weeks.

    The Avrocar is built by the British-owned A.V. Roe (Canada) Ltd for the American government. Original specifications were that it must have a 1000-mile range and be no wider than 10 ft. It is rated at 2000 h.p. and reportedly will hover and then soar away at between 200 and 300 m.p.h.

    The saucer will provide the American army with a modern airborne cavalry. Troops and supplies could be rushed anywhere over water, ice, mud or mountains in it.

    It will be able to skim close to the ground, dart between trees, dip into small valleys and generally hug the earth's surface. American military chiefs ordered Avro to develop the saucer two years ago seeing the missile age employing highly dispersed battle force capable of rapid concentration and rapid dispersement. They envisaged using it as a mobile observation post or as a weapons' carrier.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAEKH1K56G6VB7AI04JJBCL9P50
    Media URN:
    VLVAEKH1K56G6VB7AI04JJBCL9P50
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    31/10/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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