UFO Conjectures

Saturday, September 20, 2014

The Socorro Copter: Lonnie Zamora's craft?

In 1959, Hughes' scientists at Hughes Aircraft were devising underwater and aerial crafts, Here's a sketch of one of those endeavors: The so-called Hughes "mobots" for underwater projects and use
But in a more realistic vein, Hughes Aircraft/Toolco worked to develop a helicopter for the U.S. Army and was testing such copters in the southwestern United States in the early 1960s.

This is one of those copters -- the Hughes OH-6 Cayuse (a two man!) copter that crashed in a test:
Two photos of the Cayuse under development:
And here are two Cayuse copters engaged in aerial practice:
Did Lonnie Zamora stumble upon a prototypical Hughes Cayuse copter that looked, from the front, more egg-like than it did from the side, which also looks egg-like?

And did he see the smoke trails as the copter left the area?

(Hughes ended up getting the Army contract in 1965.)