Defying Gravity

Could Technology Invented Almost 90 Years Ago Lead to an Antigravity Science? Physicist Paul LaViolette Sees Even Greater Possibilities.

Several books and websites have appeared recently which give reports by insiders about what sort of incredible tech­nology advances have been developed in the so-called black world—the realm of secret military-scientific develop­ment. Most of these cite anecdotal evidence and give spare details about the underlying science. However, the recent book by Paul A. LaViolette, Secrets of Antigravity Propulsion: Tesla, UFOs and Classified Aerospace Technology (Bear & Company Paperback, September 2008) offers complete coverage, including a history of the secret development of antigravity craft, and a comprehensive, detailed discussion of the scientific basis of antigravity technology.

LaViolette is a physicist with a B.A. from Johns Hopkins and a Ph.D from Portland State University; but by reason of his ever-expanding research in astronomy, cosmology, metaphysics, mythology, archaeology, and aeronautics, he has evolved into a multi-disciplinary authority. His efforts to bring these widely diverse studies into a unified view have led to some very surprising hypotheses and discoveries.

Atlantis Rising readers may recall our article about his book, The Talk of the Galaxy (Starlane Publications, 2000) in which he discussed his theory that pulsars were really beacons put in place by advanced intragalactic civilizations to warn of impending cataclysmic “superwaves” originating in the center of the galaxy and rippling out to the galactic fringes (which is where we are). He is, perhaps, best known for having developed a much more believable alternative to the Big Bang theory. As early as 1986, he showed convincingly that the Big Bang does not fit modern astronomical data; and then in Genesis of the Cosmos he made a highly convincing case for a doctrine of “continuous creation” of matter originating in the center of the galaxy out of an all-pervasive etheric flux or “subquantum” matrix, and recy­cling through Black Holes.

The Post Newtonian Era

Secrets of Antigravity Propulsion penetrates the black world of the military-industrial complex by explaining the “Buck Rogers” scientific innovations being developed and utilized in that world. It could only have been written by an iconoclastic physicist like LaViolette who was able to gather up and make sense of the clues that dribbled out of the secret scientific inner-sanctum and put them together brilliantly to present a coherent picture. Maybe it could also have been written by any one of the aeronautical scientists who have been working at a high theoretical level inside the black realm, but since they have all been sworn to inviolable secrecy under threat of “losing their firstborn,” that will never happen. A rogue scientist like LaViolette, who has never been involved in that world, is under no such re­striction. Prior to putting these clues together, LaViolette first establishes the theoretical foundation of electrogravit­ics and discusses the discoveries and experiments of T. Townsend Brown, the single greatest, if not the only, pioneer in the field. LaViolette fits it all into Brown’s experimental framework. What emerges is a perhaps fuzzy but compre­hensible picture of how the military has been utilizing antigravity technology. That picture becomes much clearer though when LaViolette reveals the top-secret, technological details of the B-2 “Spirit” Bomber.

While the scientific explanations given by LaViolette in the book may be, perhaps, somewhat abstruse for the lay reader, they deliver a level of technical proof that could never be provided by a journalist, or even by a conventional physicist. As one plows through the science, the conviction grows that LaViolette has, although through somewhat abstruse scientific logic, nevertheless given powerful evidence of these sensational technological developments. At the end, the reader realizes that the world he or she believed in has effectively been demolished, and the “real world” is as different from the old as the Copernican era was from the Ptolemaic. To now learn that we have mastered a means of aircraft propulsion that is based on new post-Newtonian physics, that requires no fuel and can accomplish superlumi­nal (faster than light) velocities which opens the pathways to the stars, is no less shattering than suddenly discover­ing that the earth actually revolves around the sun after believing for thousands of years that it was stationary.

Secret Science

LaViolette devotes three chapters to Thomas Townsend Brown’s career and his work. Born in 1905 in Zanesville, Ohio, Brown dreamed from childhood of space travel and experimented with devices that displayed exotic propulsion. While in high school, he discovered the electrogravitic effect when he observed that a high-voltage vacuum tube moved slightly whenever the power was turned on. This motivated him to construct something he called a “gravita­tor.” This was a wooden box, two-feet long and four-inches square, containing alternate conductive plates of lead and insulating dialectric sheets. When charged with 150,000 volts of electricity, the gravitator exhibited a thrust in the di­rection of the positive end. When oriented on end with the positive end up, it lost weight. In 1922 when he was just 17, he took out a patent on the gravitator and, it can be argued, initiated the age of antigravity. In later experimenta­tion, it turned out that the greater the insulating capacity of the dialectric, the more electric charge the device could contain, and consequently the greater the thrust. Dialectric capacity is rated in terms of a value referred to as “k.” If the k value could be made high enough by using exotic materials, the device could be launched at great acceleration. He then suspended two gravitators from a rotating arm, with both positive poles pointing in the same direction.

When charged with between 75,000 and 300,000 volts the rotating arm revolved in the direction of the positive poles. Essentially, this was a primitive electrogravitic motor. Brown attended the California Institute of Technology, and then transferred to Dennison University in Granville, Ohio. At Dennison, he worked with Dr. Paul A. Biefeld, a phys­ics professor interested in dialectrics. As a result of this collaboration, the electrogravitic phenomenon became known as the Biefeld-Brown effect.

Of great interest here is the fact that, in 1933, Brown was apparently recruited into a top-secret international in­telligence network called the Caroline Group by U.S. businessman Eldridge Johnston and British master spy William S. Stephenson (the man called “Intrepid”). This could explain why so many doors were opened for him to do govern­ment sponsored research and development throughout his career; and it is clearly the reason he was chosen to partic­ipate in the famous Philadelphia Experiment in October of 1943, along with such distinguished scientists as Albert Einstein, Vannevar Bush, John von Neumann and Nikola Tesla. Brown joined the Navy as an officer after Pearl Har­bor; and in the summer of 1942 he was assigned to work at the Atlantic Fleet Radar School in Philadelphia, where he remained until the end of 1943, which places him there at the time of the Experiment. The extent of Brown’s involve­ment in the Philadelphia Experiment is not clear. According to William Moore and Charles Berlitz in The Philadel­phia Experiment, Brown was very much involved. They interpret the fact that he did not contradict their account of his participation when given the opportunity as corroboration. On the other hand, Gerry Vassilatos in his book Lost Science says that Brown bowed out prior to the test on the Eldridge. In any case, Brown had a nervous breakdown two months later, and retired from the navy in December 1943 on the advice of a team of naval physicians. Some see this as indicating that Brown was severely rattled by the well-known tragic results of the experiment, in which sailors were said to have been imbedded into the hull of the ship.

After the war Brown continued his electrogravitic work financed by his own organization, the Townsend Brown Foundation. He continually improved his results and refined the scientific underpinnings of the effects. Then, in 1953, in an effort to obtain government funding for his experiments, he felt confident enough of to propose that the Navy initiate a 10-year project to develop a manned flying saucer utilizing electrogravitic propulsion with a Mach 3 capability, to be used as an interceptor. He envisioned large discs operating at 5 million volts that could reach a veloc­ity of 1,800 mph in the upper atmosphere. This proposal became known as Project Winterhaven. Perhaps the most revolutionary and important aspect of the Winterhaven document was Brown’s proposal for “flame-jet” electrostatic generators. These would be modifications to the jet engines to electrify the exhaust stream turning the engines into powerful electro-hydrodynamic generators to provide the extremely high voltages needed for high-speed electrogra­vitic thrust. Brown’s goal was not military supremacy. He hoped that government funding would hasten the use of electrogravitic propulsion for civilian transportation. The Navy showed no interest possibly because they already had top-secret development programs under way that were actually technologically more advanced. Apparently, at that point, Brown no longer had access to the top-secret world, probably because of his breakdown and resignation from the Navy. But, it is known that Brown continued to consult to aerospace companies connected to secret military de­velopment until his retirement in the 1970s.

The Antigravity Bomber

In the chapter of LaViolette’s book titled “The U.S. Antigravity Squadron”(Chapter 5), he tells us that an article in the March, 1992, issue of Aviation Week Magazine “made the surprising disclosure that the B-2 electrostatically charges its exhaust stream and the leading edges of its winglike body.” In other words, the B-2 Bomber uses electro­gravitic propulsion. The magazine obtained the information from a group of renegade West Coast scientists and engi­neers who broke the code of silence, and literally risked their lives by making the disclosure. The B-2 contract was awarded to Northrop Aviation in 1981. Northrop had been experimenting with the electrification of leading wings since 1968 when their scientists reported that their results showed that “when high-voltage DC is applied to a wing-shaped structure subjected to supersonic flow, seemingly new ‘electro-aerodynamic’ qualities appear…” Brown’s in­fluence on the Northrop work is evident. From what is known about the B-2’s technology and flight characteristics, LaViolette extrapolates the probable principles of its design and makes a very convincing case that the B-2 incorpo­rates much of Brown’s research and development. This is most apparent in the four GE-100 jet engines, which seem to incorporate Brown’s “flame-jet” principles. He says, “The B-2, then, may be the first military antigravity vehicle to be openly displayed to the public! It may be the final realization of the kind of craft that Brown had proposed in Pro­ject Winterhaven and that the 1956 Aviation Studies report had disclosed was beginning to be developed by the mili­tary in late 1954. Consequently, the designation ‘B-2’ might more appropriately stand for Biefeld-Brown effect.” LaVi­olette says that in 1997, a three-star general told retired Air Force colonel Donald Ware that “the new Lockheed-Martin space shuttle and the B-2 both have electrogravitic systems on board….Thus, after taking off conventionally, the B-2 can switch to antigravity mode, and, I have heard, fly around the world without refueling.”

The New Classified Physics

While the black aerospace development world has many national security reasons for remaining secret, there is another less obvious, but nevertheless critical reason. It turns out that the phenomena observed and used in antigrav­ity propulsion are not explainable by classical physics, and therefore there are no scientists being graduated from con­ventional universities who have any idea about how it works! Consequently, all the theoretical work must be taught and contained inside the black world, since it embraces what LaViolette refers to as the new “classified” physics. He claims that one of the informants of the B-2 propulsion system, who he calls Ray, told him that “the physics theories that academics and most laboratory physicists currently understand, teach and write about are grossly in error.” He claimed that the “classical concepts” are “terribly outdated. He told LaViolette that the new physics “postulates the existence of an underlying reality consisting of an…unobservable subtle substance called an ether…which fills all space…This new physics regards time and space as absolutes and views Einstein’s notion of relative time and space as incorrect…Thus, the ether concept, so long spurned by the academic establishment, turns out to be central to this highly classified new physics.” Ray claimed that ether physics embraces Brown’s electrogravitics phenomenon as well as research that Brown conducted with the Navy (the Philadelphia Experiment?) and much of Tesla’s work. LaViolette has evolved a new theoretical framework for the new physics that he calls “subquantum kinetics,” which he refers to as an open system that “begins with an ether as its point of departure.” He says, “Unlike closed systems, open systems allow the possibility for order to emerge from disorder. Under the proper conditions, the ether is able to spawn suba­tomic particles that have wavelike characteristics. They form spontaneously from energy fluctuations of sufficiently large magnitude that occasionally emerge from the ether’s chaos. Thus, subquantum kinetics espouses a cosmology of continuous matter creation rather than a single big bang creation event.” So, subquantum kinetics can be seen as another piece of LaViolette’s over-arching cosmological theory as presented in Genesis of the Cosmos. It seems to tie in nicely with the now popular Fractal Geometry theory of Benoit Mandelbrot, which takes the position that there is an underlying aesthetic order to seemingly chaotic manifestations.

So, it seems that we are entering a new era when the old scientific and philosophical bastions are starting to crumble, and the institutions based on those bastions that have been sacred for so many years must now also go down. The new physics seems to herald a new age of fantastic achievement, once we get past the pain of the transfor­mation.

By Len Kasten

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