Declassified government documents are fun, especially ones that detail the United States Air Force's flirtations with flying saucers. While the aircraft was designed for speeds between Mach 3 and 4, it never quite got there.
Previously on DVICE, we examined once-secret FBI documents from the Bureau's investigations into freaky, unexplained phenomena. These glimpses into the real-life X-Files were made public via various Freedom of Information Act (FoIA) requests and subsequently posted for all to peruse on the agency's online "Vault". As it turns out, the FBI isn't the only government body with a history of investigating mysterious activity. FoIA-liberated documents from the Central Intelligence Agency show how America's stealthy strike force has had a keen interest in strange "aerial phenomena" from all around the world. We're talking UFOs!
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Flying saucers are generally associated with UFOs, with that "U" in there standing for "unidentified." But the saucer shape isn't just limited to aliens from outer space: there are a fair number of entirely identified terrestrial aircraft that utilize a more or less circular and saucery design. We've got a list of ten flying saucers for you, each of which made it far enough out of someone's imagination that at the very least a proof of concept was constructed. No blurry pictures that may or may-not-be-streetlights here: these are all real designs that actually existed.
Alien spacecraft exist, and it seems all they want to do is keep our water clean. A pair of Solar UFOs have been built by Tokyo-based engineering group NTT Facilities for the Aqua Metropolis festival in Osaka, Japan. (Coolest name...