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THE
AVROCAR
Canada's Flying
Saucer
by Palmiro Campagna, P. Eng
  The
U.S. Air Force Flight Test Centre at Edwards Air Force
Base in California examined the design and concluded
with the following comment: "Performance, stability
and control of the Avrocar in its present configuration
prevents accelerating in ground effect to a free air
flight speed. Full-scale wind tunnel results indicate
that sufficient control is available to conduct a transition
into high speed flight... provided that 35 to 40 knots
can be obtained with the focusing ring control system..." The
report went on to list the areas that would require
modification in order to fly.
  Avro completed several of the modifications by 1961. According to
Frost, technical solutions to the instability problems were also at hand but,
the U.S. decided not to renew Avro's contract. One of the prototypes ended up
in a warehouse at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, DC, while the other
is mounted on a pedestal in Fort Eustis, Virginia. With the demise of this project
hot on the heels of the Avro Arrow cancellation, and with no further funding
for the Avrocar from the Canadian Government, other than the money provided early
on by DRB, Avro Canada closed its doors for good.
  Was
the Avrocar a failure? The answer is debatable. When
one reads the technical reports on the aircraft, it
is stated quite clearly that this was a research effort
intended for the study of vertical take-off and landing
principles. Indeed, the project was watched closely
by the British and it has been said that some of the
knowledge gained migrated years later into the British
Harrier fighter. Still, the fact remains that the Avrocar
did not fly as originally expected.
All
that remains of the once-vaunted avrocar programme
is this forlorn display at the U. S. Army Transportation
Museum at Fort Eustis, Virginia, and a second prototype " gathering
dust" in a Smithsonian Institute warehouse in
Washington, DC.
  Following
termination of the Avrocar project, John Frost moved
to New Zealand. He worked on a variety of projects
for Air New Zealand before his death in 1979, having
never realized his dream of the circular wing aircraft
and its military potential.
(Ed
note: Palmiro Campagna of Ottawa is author of 'The
UFO Files. The Canadian Connection Exposed, ' which
includes a detailed discussion of the Avrocar. He also
wrote the best-selling "Storms of Controversy.
The Secret Avro Arrow Files Revealed.'
The author seeks information about Projects Y and Y2, and UFO incident
reports by military personnel, including NORAD. He may be contacted through
Airforce magazine.)
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