Vought XF5U

The Vought XF5U "Flying Flapjack" was an experimental U.S. Navy fighter aircraft designed by Charles H. Zimmerman during World War II. This unorthodox design consisted of a flat, somewhat disk-shaped body (hence its name) serving as the lifting surface. Two piston engines buried in the body drove propellers located on the leading edge at the wingtips. When Vought devised the XF5U the goal was to develop an advanced naval fighter, no one imagined that the saucer-shaped aircraft would fuel rumors that the U.S. government was secretly testing an extraterrestrial craft.

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