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.


Mass produced, the plastic saucer should cost no more than today's medium-priced cars. Could be that by 1965 you'll have one flying out of your backyard, too!


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]