- 14 August 2009
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Offered in this auction is an extremely rare and excellent original Topping manufacturers model of the Avro Avrocar with the original box, c.1960! This piece is 9" in diameter, and in excellent overall condition. There is one decal partly missing from the base, and minor paint loss on the brass wheels, otherwise fine. The piece had been displayed for many years, and will need a careful cleaning, or not. I'm selling the piece "as found". Just acquired from a local estate of a long time senior executive of AVRO/Orenda in Rexdale, Ontario, not far from the plant. These models were purchased by the company and presented to senior engineering staff and team members working on the project at the time. Unheard of in the original box with some of the original packing material. Quite the find for any number of serious collections, a rare piece of aviation history!
Because of its possible implications as the major competitor to the Lockheed Model CL-379, the Avro "Flying Saucer" (currently undergoing development and testing for the U.S. Army) has become a considerable interest within the company.
Although very little is known about the "Saucer", as yet, an attempt has been made herein to compile the available information on this novel aircraft. In addition, in response to requests, some background items of historical interest have been included in chronological order.
The information on the present "Saucer" begins with an I.D.C. summarizing information received from various sources. This is followed by two perspective drawings and two sectional views which have been developed from comments of personnel who have seen artists sketches of this aircraft and who have had bried discussions of the "Saucer" with both Avro and AF engineers. The perspective drawings portray current impressions of the 18 foot and 40 foot saucer models, while the sectional views depict (for the 18 foot model) two possible propulsion methods, either of which could conform to the sketchy information at hand.
It is understood that, if the design should prove successful, the Army would plan to use this type of machine for the majority of its aerial missions with size and interior arrangement variations to suit each mission.