April 20, 2002 Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada - Unknown to Canadian and American citizens during the Eisenhower administration of the early 1950s, the Project Magnet Director of Canada's Department of Transport was working intimately with the highest offices in military, intelligence and the White House in Washington, D. C. Wilbert Brockhouse Smith was an engineer who organized Project Magnet, Canada's official investigation of the “flying saucers” and the theory that their mode of propulsion utilized the magnetic fields of the earth and solar system.
“It can be deduced that the vehicles (unidentified disks) have the following significant characteristics. They are a hundred feet or more in diameter; they can travel at speeds of several thousand miles per hour; they can reach altitudes well above those, which would support conventional aircraft or balloons; and ample power and force seem to be available for all required manoeuvres. Taking these factors into account, it is difficult to reconcile this performanc with the capabilities of our technology, and unless the technology of some terrestrial nation is much more advanced than is generally known, we are forced to the conclusion that the vehicles are probably extraterrestrial, in spite of our prejudices to the contrary.”
- From an August 1952, classified report to Project Magnet for Canada's Department of Transportation, by Wilbert B. Smith, Project Magnet Director, DOT, Ottawa
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