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Project Silver Bug was the American "Black" project version of the Avro Aircraft Canada Y-2 undertaken by the United States Air Force in 1953.
On 4 January 1955 the USAF issued Systems Requirement SR-12 for the Weapons System WS-118P high-speed reconnaissance vehicle.
Range was to be over 5000 km, altitude over 30 km. Bell provided a proposal on 1 December 1955, calling for a three-phase program using a glider designed to be boosted by a two-stage rocket to Mach 15 at 50 km altitude (Phase I would produce an 8,000 km range vehicle; Phase II a 16,000 km range vehicle; and Phase III an orbital vehicle).
Below are some of the documents released on this program.
Vertical and/or Short Take-Off and Landing (V/STOL) is a term used to describe aircraft that are able to take-off or land vertically or on short runways. Most were experiments or outright failures from the 1950s to 1970s. Vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL) describes craft which do not require short runways. Generally, a V/STOL aircraft needs to be able to hover; helicopters are not typically considered under the V/STOL classification.
Below are documents pertaining to different aircraft, designs and concepts obtained under the Freedom of Information Act
Originally posted by Kandinsky
reply to post by NoRegretsEver
Hiya NRE, it's good to see the Black Vault catching some positive attention.
Damn near every file on the site was acquired through FOIA by John Greenwald Jr. IIRC, he was nagging the hell out of the authorities from age 18 for these documents. Vocation and passion.
A couple of years back, I found a series of files that detailed the names of FOIA applicants to NASA. There were scores of names in there and the one that stood out was....John Greenwald Jr.
A lot of UFO researchers lay claim to extensive FOIA requests and they weren't in there...he was all over the lists.
There's a good interview where he relates his adventures with bureaucracy and I think he had his dad in a small bit of trouble due to being too young to sign for the bundles of mail coming through. He's even requested files on himself and been declined.
Coincidentally, I've been thinking about posting a thread about one of the Black Vault files.