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Enthusiast builds 'flying saucer'

Posted on Thursday, 28 December, 2006 | Comment icon 11 comments

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"Some people may call Alfie Carrington crazy or foolish."

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Comment icon #2 Posted by Aztec Warrior on 28 December, 2006, 14:26
It will never work, and has in fact been tried before. It becomes unstable and will break-up into thousands of pieces. Check out project Silverbug. "His idea is to fire up the vessel with a rotary engine to stimulate a magnetic levitation system to rotate the ship's two discs. The discs would draw air into propeller blades." source The project of which the Avro-car was a part was originally known as Project Y, funded by Canada, but was taken over by the U.S. Air Force in late 1953 - early 1954, as their Project 606, with an interest by the US Army. It was hoped that the vehicle, designated VZ-... [More]
Comment icon #3 Posted by brothers on 28 December, 2006, 23:17
Ah. Come on guys. Give this guy a break and let him try to do it. Hey. You never know what will happen. Perhaps it could help the millitary.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Wolf MacCanine on 29 December, 2006, 9:14
Many useable items start with a big dream. Who knows? He may not end up being able to go 500mph,but he might actually make something that will end up starting a new field of personal transportation. The problems with such an item are apparent though...such as how much fuel can it carry and how far can it go on a full tank of fuel,is there a way to make it safe enough for everyday usage by the general populace,how much and what type of training will people need in order to use it,what is the maximum weight allowance for it,how high can it go...etc. If he does get it off the ground and it proves... [More]
Comment icon #5 Posted by jpjoe on 30 December, 2006, 4:24
If he does pull this one off, his work might be put in to good use in some other way. Commercial public transpo: probably not in the near future. Id give it another century, or never. But let us not be judgmental. Currently, one focus of city planners is on lesser commute time, not through speed, but proximity.
Comment icon #6 Posted by LiQuiD_FuSioN on 30 December, 2006, 6:46
Hmmmmmmm....because over 40,000 people die in America alone every year due to traffic accidents in which the top speeds are usually less than 70 mph?! Because perhaps, an accident at 500mph couldn't be contained to a small area...needless innocent casualties occuring over a wide span?! Because maybe, our intercities and interstates as well are already so congested (not to mention the airspace) that high speed can only safely be obtained by jet airliners? The guy is nuts....yes, he is! Because in 12 seconds..............12 seconds............I came up with several very concrete reasons why the ... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by joc on 31 December, 2006, 16:05
Geez, so pessimistic. It's the basic premise of an alternate means of transporation that makes this exciting.. it's not like this man is trying to start his own assembly line or anything! Not really being pessimistic. Just being real. Exciting? I guess that depends upon one's definition. I think on one hand, to be completely positively focused is the best thing anyone can do...but to be completely positively focused on a bad idea is nuts.
Comment icon #8 Posted by dantheman2435 on 31 December, 2006, 17:31
I want one.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Crazy Cat Guy on 22 January, 2007, 15:43
Does anyone know if Alfie has a webpage showing his building progress on the Net somewhere?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Star_girl on 23 January, 2007, 10:54
Well at least he has a hobby...
Comment icon #11 Posted by Open your mind on 30 March, 2008, 21:16
where are the laser guns? he's got it all wrong

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