I’m currently reading Mark Pilkington’s excellent history of the intelligence community’s use of “UFO” sightings as a disinformation smoke-screen for experimental military technology, Mirage Men. Pilkington posts that the majority of supposed flying saucer events were staged by the Air Force and NSA to serve as red herrings to throw too-curious civilians off the track of very real, very top secret air craft. Great book.
Anyway, in an amusing turn of synchronicity, writer David B. Metcalfe has alerted me to a recent article on Project 1794, a long-term military effort to design a vertical take-off and landing craft that just so happens to resemble the classic flying saucer of UFO lore. Significantly, Project 1794 took off in the fifties, around the same time as the entry of the UFO into popular culture. Perhaps Pilkington was right.
See you on the mothership.