A report by the Combined [British/US] Intelligence Objectives Sub-Committee (CIOS); October 1944
An early CIOS report following the liberation of Paris investigating the possibilities of Henri Coanda, a Rumanian inventor situated in Paris, having developed the Coanda Effect into a practical form of propulsion unit.
CIOS 'Black List of targets for urgent investigation' category: Jet propulsion
Duplicated typewritten report in English, 10 x 7.5 inches, 25 x 19 cms. 28 pages, numerous figures
Very good in original stapled card wrappers.
Henri Marie Coanda was a Romanian inventor, aerodynamics pioneer, and builder of an experimental aircraft. He invented a great number of devices, designed a "flying saucer" and discovered the Coanda effect of fluid dynamics.
He also designed the Coanda-1910, exhibited at the 2nd International Aeronautical Exhibition in Paris in 1910, described by Coanda in the mid-1950s as the world's first jet - a controversial claim disputed by some and supported by others. (Wiki)
The report mentions that the liberation of Paris in 1944 placed Coanda in danger: "Coanda is in prison ... charge of co-operation with the enemy ... ready to co-operate if not liquidated ... the French should be requested not to shoot him".
Whether by good fortune or as a result of CIOS's request, Coanda escaped execution and survived to achieve fame, dying in 1972, aged 86.
An important Romanian inventor, rightly revered in his home country.
More information on these original WW2 CIOS and BIOS reports.
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