Thirty years ago, Alfie Carrington of Clinton Township, Detroit, got obsessed with science fiction and set out to build his own personal UFO.
This guy has spent half his life building a flying saucer, despite his lack of engineering experience. Carrington pored over books, magazines and studies about aviation and spent nearly $60,000 of his own money on some of the materials needed for this saucer.
He does it because he believes he has discovered a simple design for an aircraft that aeronautical engineers have spent countless millions trying to build. Carrington has two patents on the design and a company called Vertex Aerospace. His work caught the attention of NASA, which invited him to a conference in the mid-1990s where engineers scratched their heads when he confessed he knew nothing about computers.
But Carrington doesn’t have time for naysayers. In eight months, he hopes to launch his dream, assuming he can raise at least another $40,000 to complete the project.
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