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I have a scanned photo of two USAF flying saucer craft that were built and flown about 1950s through the late 1970s. I have no knowledge of the origin of the picture except that it appeared in a retiree association newsletter. The person who furnished the picture did not know who built the vehicles.
- Art Moss
In regards to the specific performance of these aircraft, Jack was told directly by the O.I.C. that "we could fly so fast as to attain sufficient altitude to be classified as achieving space flight". This is consistent with the official USAF classification that space flight begins at an altitude of 50 miles, or approximately 265,000 feet. For Jack's article, the O.I.C. told him that he could state that these aircraft could "exceed mach 1", a very conservative under-statement to say the least. Jack inquired how these aircraft could avoid burning up while descending from such high altitudes. He was told that during re-entry these aircraft "skip" across the upper portion of the atmosphere, thereby slowing down and dissipating the extreme heat (similar to a flat rock when thrown across a body of water). Jack was also told by the O.I.C. that "had we had different power source engines, we could have gone into orbit" (orbital flight requires 17,500 mph, 25,000 to reach the moon and planets).
Originally posted by kinglizard
I’ll tell ya that image is fairly impressive. The shadow and contour is awesome.