By Don Robertson (GBR262@aol.com)
The bomber was designed by engineers at North American
Aviation in Los Angeles and managed out of Wright-Patterson AFB,
utilizing German engineers who had worked on WWII German rocket
planes and flying disc technology. "The LRV escaped public
scrutiny because it was hidden away as one of the Pentagon's…'black
project items'…a secret project that is incorporated into some piece
of nonclassified work," PM reports. On December 12, 1962, Wright-Patterson
classified the LRV as Secret due to it being an offensive weapon.
It remained thus classified until May 1999 when it was downgraded
to public information. Popular Mechanics obtained their document
via the Freedom of Information Act (FOI).
There are several other interesting aspects of
the article though. The document never said how the LRV was to be
launched, but PM hints that it could have been launched aboard a
Saturn rocket. The engineering report said, "At some point
the LRV could have been powered by one of the nuclear rockets then
under development by the Air Force and the Atomic Energy Commission.
The LRV itself carried two nuclear engines and two liquid fuel rocket
engines. At launch it weighed 45,000 pounds and it landed at about
The unique craft would have landed much like a space shuttle, re-entering the atmosphere and gliding to a landing on a dry lake, utilizing skids, instead of heavier wheeled landing gear. "The engineering study does not describe how the LRV, which would weigh just over 17,000 pounds without its crew, weapons, fuel and stores would then have been returned to the launch pad," PM said.
A large cut away drawing of the LRV's interior
shows the placement of a Helium tank. This leads the magazine to
speculate that the LRV was moved back to the launching pad using
balloons. That idea seems to be a bit tenuous to this reporter.
There would have to be a more convenient way; a flatbed trailer,
a special rig of some kind (And, there's that word again, Balloons!
The Air Force just can't get away from it!) Next they'll be want
us to believe that the LRV's four crewmembers were crash dummies.
In all fairness PM came up with a witness that
claims to have seen a craft similar to the one described in the
article at an air base in Florida in the late "60s. There was
also a story that crash wreckage was found on a ranch in Australia,
"…in the vicinity of what was then a secret Austalian testing
range where the British and Americans conducted some of their most
secret atomic experiments." A strange piece of "honeycomb-like
debris", was found by Jean Fraser in 1975 on her family's ranch,
south of Brisbane. Other locals claim the wreckage was, "from
a flying saucer that exploded over the test range in 1966,"
says Popular Mechanics. Remaining wreckage was purportedly collected
and flown to the US via USAF aircraft a la Roswell. I urge you to
read the article in Popular Mechanics, or in November you can read
it on line at popularmechanics.com/science.
Do you suppose that the entire thing could be disinformation? I leave that up to you. Let me know what you think.
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