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|Title, Description &
||Midland Publishing - Secret Projects
– Flying Saucer Aircraft
||Hard Cover; 280 x 215 mm format; 192
pages. 149 b/w, 97 colour photos plus over 200 drawings
available online from Ian Allan Publishing
||Methodical layout, entertaining
read, excellent selection of photographs and diagrams, thought
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Some of the most respected aeronautical designers have been intrigued
by disc shaped aircraft. The public too has had its far share of
fascination, but here it is more in line with the “UFO” (Unidentified
Flying Object) aspect of these machines.
Despite the title, this book actually takes a broader look at unorthodox
aircraft. As well as the general category of man-made flying saucers, it
also features other related designs.
In addition to the above, “ring wing” ducted fan designs, spacecraft
proposals, even VTOL spade and heel shaped fighters are discussed at
Also not forgotten are the high altitude balloons which have caused many
UFO sightings over the years.
There are 176 pages in this A4 sized hard cover book. The quality of the
gloss stock allows for excellent reproduction of the photographs and
illustrations. Of these there are over 440.
Both colour and black and white images are presented. These encompass
everything from general arrangement drawings, to explanatory sketches of
how the propulsion systems work. Others depict the various designs
through the ages and where this isn’t possible, clever composite images
are created to educate the viewer.
The book is divided into the following nine chapters:
Early Circular Winged Aircraft.
Explains these pioneering machines where the first documented
designs originated from the 18th century. Much emphasis in this
section is placed on Zimmerman’s various “flying pancakes”.
German Wartime Flying Discs.
A sombre attempt to cover all circular winged aircraft that were
developed by the Germans in World War II. The author also tries to
sort out fact from fiction; not always an easy task for the serious
Canada’s Cold War Saucers.
A self explanatory chapter which encompasses the many unusual Avro
Post War Disc Plane Development
After World War 2, the interest in disc-shaped aircraft grew
immensely. Throughout the 50’s, major defence contractors were
secretly undertaking or commissioning work in this area. Besides the
designs of individuals such as Loedding, Stasinos, and Lippisch, the
chapter wouldn’t be complete without a look at Lockheed’s famous
Californian “Skunk Works”.
Russian Flying Discs, Myth and
The early post war years saw the Western intelligence community
worried about the increased sightings of UFOs in the night sky.
There was talk of these being visible signs of a new Soviet weapon.
The author looks at these events and explains what is known about
the Russian flying discs.
Lighter-Than-Air vehicles and the UFO
Many UFO sightings have been attributed to lighter than air vehicles
and these craft are discussed in chapter six. Also featured is the
UK’s Channel 4 TV flying saucer hoax which was executed in 2003…a
very amusing story!
Flying Saucer Spacecraft.
This is where a serious look is taken at the practicalities of such
Fans and ducts
These methods of propulsion come under the spotlight in this
penultimate chapter. The pros and cons of the “personal platform”
are revealed as well as the larger VTOL designs that used the above
forms of thrust.
Exotic Propulsion Systems
This final episode delves into the extraordinary. Nuclear, beamed,
and plasma powered flying saucers are just some of the methods
described in getting ones vehicles from A to B. Of course ionic and
electrogravitic propulsion can’t be ruled out!
The aim of the book has been to highlight the unconventional side of
aviation and aerospace aircraft. This book succeeds in that aim and the
reader is given an excellent grounding in the designs that fall within
the general category of “Man-Made Flying Saucers”.
It will appeal to those fascinated by the unusual and to all who love
Thanks to Simon from DLS for the review sample
Review Copyright © 2007 by Mick Evans
This Page Created on 30 March, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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