In a 1954 issue of Mechanix Illustrated, the magazine ran a wonderfully rosy piece titled "FLYING SAUCERS FOR EVERYBODY!" This short piece detailed how flying saucers would ameliorate arduous commutes in the far-out year of 1965.

The piece also had some rad schematics and detailed the plans of the saucers engineer, a one Mr. Peter Nofi:

[The] saucer was conceived by Peter Nofi, an officer in the Merchant Marine. Nofi, a dedicated student of aerodynamics, has combined the downward jet thrust of the ducted-fan with the proven principle of the high-lift air-foil. We know that the fan will work because using it, men and machines have been lifted bodily into the air by the modest power of outboard engines [...]

In line with his low cost philosophy, Nofi plans to have the top and bottom surfaces of his saucer stamped out on a press, using a plastic material reinforced by glass "flock." This technique, now successfully employed by small boat builders, will also be used on the servo-flaps, fuselage and other components. Cemented together with the internal gas tank spar, plumbing, etc., in place, the hollow wing will then be filled with a foamed plastic compound which cures into a rigid, air-filled sponge. This replaces expensive interior structure and converts the wing into an unsinkable life-ring for emergency water landings.

It must be mentioned that modern experiments in domestic flying saucers have yet to live up to the past's woozy guarantees.

[Via Copyranter and Modern Mechanix]