Tesla and Otis Carr—Too Far Out?

An inventor whose reputation was ruined in the eyes of the 1950s public may yet be vindicated.

When you dig into history of either “free energy” or saucer-shaped spacecraft, you run across the name Otis T. Carr. He was forced to call his invention an “amusement device” in order to get a United States patent. At least one researcher had told me about seeing a working model of the Carr invention, but ironically I threw out the notes about those stories while downsizing file boxes in July to fit into a smaller living space.

Which brings us to the end of July 2007, the TeslaTech conference near Salt Lake City, Utah. One of the reasons I loaded my credit card to get there was the program list including people I hadn’t encountered in many years. And it said a speaker named Ralph Ring had worked closely with Otis Carr. An intriguing article by Dr. Michael E. Salla, about Carr and Ring, in a recent Extraordinary Technology magazine was titled “How the U.S. Government Sup­pressed the World’s First Civilian Spacecraft Industry.”

After talking with Ralph Ring and the friend who accompanied him to TeslaTech, I agree with Dr. Salla’s assess­ment and that of the web site ProjectCamelot (first to interview Ring). They conclude that Ring is 100 percent genu­ine, motivated simply to tell the truth about events of 50 years ago that could have revolutionized our lives.

Tesla as mentor

Ring starts his story with mention of inventor Nikola Tesla, who immersed himself in pristine natural surround­ings during childhood as did Ring. During Tesla’s later years, Ring said, art student Otis T. Carr worked at the hotel where Tesla stayed, ran errands for the elderly genius and cherished their conversations. Since he was also a student of nature, Carr eagerly soaked up Tesla’s concepts.

Ring reminds us that Tesla told his financial backer J. P. Morgan about ubiquitous free power—anyone would have access to power broadcast through the earth by Tesla’s proposed system. Industrialists had other plans, vast grids of copper wires and related electric  and transportation monopolies. They feared Tesla would ruin the monetary system in which they made their fortunes. Tesla then realized the world wasn’t ready for the abundance he offered, even when he later had energy concepts more advanced than his broadcasting tower—smaller and more powerful sys­tems. Tesla publicly said he knew how to build a revolutionary flying machine with neither wings nor propellers, powered by free electrical energy from the atmosphere. Blocked from realizing his dream in his era, perhaps Tesla did pass on secrets to his young student.

A few years after Tesla’s death, Carr began to build models of circular foil spacecraft that would store the free en­ergy in special regenerative coils. By the mid 1950s he started OTC Enterprises Inc., based in Baltimore, Maryland. Radio legend Long John Nebel interviewed Carr, who said his models had been tested, airborne and one was lost in space. Major Wayne Aho, Carr’s chief pilot, vowed they would fly to the moon if given funding to build a 45-foot craft.

Then the public-relations disasters began. In April, 1959, a crowd of about 400 people waited for a scheduled test of Carr’s six-foot model in Oklahoma City. The test was cancelled and Carr didn’t show up. Nebel found him at a hos­pital where Carr spent eight days being treated for a sudden lung hemorrhage. He had no history of lung problems.

Fate Magazine published disgruntled comments such as that of an Oklahoma City television reporter who felt the announcement of a demonstration was just “ballyhoo” to publicize a saucer-shaped ride planned for an amusement park.

Ring says Carr’s troubles intensified with a mercury spill at his laboratory. When he decided to move operations farther West, his detractors accused him of looking for a fresh place to find investors. In California his life story inter­sects with Ring’s.

Ralph Ring meets Carr

Ralph Ring had always been fascinated by magnetism, as well as learning from nature about cause-and-effect, how bumblebees levitate and other wonders. After service in the U.S. Army, he started a successful scuba diving business. At his wife’s insistence he eventually applied for a safer job on land, and ended up as a technician in a large laboratory in California. An engineer had quit a magnetics project and Ring showed up at the right time.

Ring’s assignment was to apply strong jolts of electricity to see if an electron could travel across a polarized field without diverting to either the positive or negative side. The boss encouraged Ring to use plenty of electricity. But whenever Ring increased the power, the electron just slammed faster into the sides. As Ring understands it, the ex­periment was tied in with government interest in how to traverse powerful rivers of magnetism which flow in space.

He was soon bored with the repetitive task and concerned about taxpayers’ money it ate up. At the nearby work station, another employee’s task involved levitation of objects. That burned out electrical equipment hourly, costing at least twice as much as the task Ring was doing. Ring’s knowledge of how nature works led him to believe he could do both tasks differently—cheaply and easily.

Being a tinkerer, Ring owned some garage-sale test equipment. One night he took the cathode ray tube from the television and laid an oscilloscope, high speed Polaroid camera and other equipment on the living room floor. His wife retreated to the bedroom.

Ring had observed that rivers meander across a landscape, so perhaps an electron also naturally spirals along its way. So instead of hitting the electron with brute force electricity, he gently pulsed it. It worked the first time. He re­peated the experiment until satisfied, wrote up his notes, then tackled levitation. He avoided the expensive supercon­ductivity approach that produces a few minutes of levitation in the laboratory before coils burn out. Instead, he knew acoustic levitation of rocks had worked for monks in Tibet; why not here with woofer speakers? Before the night was over he did get a ping pong ball to hover on demand.

Naively expecting a raise in salary, Ring took his report and photographs to the laboratory’s director the next day. The director motioned for him to close the office door and said he believed that, yes, Ring had made two of the labor­atory’s tasks obsolete. He hadn’t expected Ring would do so. However, Ring couldn’t tell anyone about it. The director told him to just go back to work the way he had been doing. Why? “You don’t understand. This is a government-funded lab and we’re paid to look for answers but not to find them.”

Ring is not a man who can work in such a system. Although his wife would be angry, he resigned within two weeks, tears in his eyes. That act of courage opened the door for a new chapter in his life. But first, he learned about vested interests.

Mysterious visitors showed up at the Ring home—before he had heard about rumored ‘Men In Black’ who are said to threaten some innovators. Ring answered their questions about his inventions, but his wife had a sixth sense for trouble. She was increasingly uneasy while the visitors became more pushy in asking how Ring knew so much. Final­ly she told them to leave. Afterward, she ordered her husband to remove experimental equipment and papers from the house—including the rare leather-bound Tesla book he had ordered from Yugoslavia.

Ring was reluctant to throw out such a valuable book. Following inner guidance, he took it to the Mohave desert and gave it to a well-known man he had not previously met, George Van Tassel (www.Integratron.com), who said, “I’ve been expecting you.”

For a while Ring’s life became a symphony of synchronicities. A friend took him to the discussion group Under­standing, formed by Daniel Fry. Ring confided his lifelong dream for humankind—floating homes and floating cities. These people knew a kindred soul, in trouble in Oklahoma—Otis Carr—and decided to bring Carr to California.

Carr, whom Ring describes as a humble man, and Ring bonded through their love for nature and magnetism. Ring learned about Carr’s capacitor-like “Utron Electrical Accumulator.” Carr’s invention as Ring recalls included a double tetrahedron which he said has a tremendous amount of power when exposed to a magnetic field.

One member had a cabin where Ring and Carr’s team stayed while another Understanding member located a la­boratory with warehouse and machine shop. The team built models and flew their experimental craft around Apple Valley. Local people began to talk about flying saucers.

Since the laboratory’s activities wouldn’t remain hidden, Carr told Wayne Aho to contact General Motors. When a G.M. representative met them at a Riverside, California hotel, Ring recalls, Carr told him, “We want to work with you; you have an enormous manufacturing facility and we’re working on a shoestring.”

On a desktop the Carr team demonstrated a small hovering craft—a circular shape spinning horizonally. Carr in­formed the General Motors man they could replace car wheels which turn vertically on the ground and require as­phalt roads which harm animals, spoil the landscape and waste money.

According to Ring, the automotive representative said, “Wait a moment. You’re going to put all our people out of work? Magnetic energy—what’s that?” Carr replied that we live in a sea of magnetic energy. The conversation ended when Carr’s group was warned to forget about working with free-energy spacecraft. “If you guys put them up, we’ll shoot them down.”

A polite man, Carr thanked him for the meeting. He returned to their lab to announce that they must quickly get their new three-man craft into the air. If enough communities know about it, he reasoned, people won’t let their ef­forts get shut down. They worked day and night for two weeks.

One part of the story reminds me of inventor John Hutchison’s experiments. Carr’s craft had counter-rotating rings on the outside and an unmoving pressurized cabin in the center. One day Ring touched the spinning periphery of a tethered three-foot model. When its vibrations per second reached a certain frequency, the aluminum felt soft. Then his fingers went through the edge—without injury. Metal had become transparent when vibrating in resonance with its surroundings.

The most incredible part of Ring’s story is his account of a flight in the 45-foot model. Carr had been grooming his engineers, and technician Ring, to understand consciousness—to operate from the inside out. If they could relax and follow the instructions, Carr said, they would control the craft with their minds!

Inside the craft was a crystal globe about 18 inches in diameter sitting in a type of gyroscope, Ring recalls. A fo­cused light pulsed up through the globe and lit the crystal in myriad colors around the spectrum. Since the craft op­erated with the principle of resonance, Carr’s other helpers had somehow measured the local energy field at a chosen destination about ten miles away, and that area corresponded with the frequency of the color aquamarine. At test time, the three-man crew watched the glowing crystal change to a brilliant aquamarine which lit up the interior of the craft.

When the experiment was over, Ring and the two engineers felt like they had only been sitting in the craft for minutes or seconds. They believed they had not gone anywhere. Carr had expected their reaction. He said, “Look in your pockets.” To the crew’s surprise, they emptied small stones, sand and sticks out of their clothing. Carr had instructed them to get out and interact with the destination landscape, which they apparently had done, but the shock of the experience overwhelmed the ability of their physical brains to believe it was happening. Similar to people after a traumatic accident, the memory was wiped out.

Carr laughed and reminded them of his instruction to use their limitless minds instead of the brain. Like a com­puter, the brain will deny anything outside its programmed scope of operation. It will go to sleep when it reaches its optimum level of comprehension. Apparently their brains weren’t ready for teleportation. However, the crew had learned from Carr to get beyond fear and use intuition, otherwise the exotic craft would not have worked for them. He had taught that instead of being a human being with a spirit in it, each is spirit, living in a physical being. Carr had insisted that his pilots resonate with the idea that we are energy, not bodies, and energy cannot be destroyed.

Ring told the audience that a camera had filmed the craft’s brief disappearance, and an associate is looking for that eight-millimeter film. “The truth is on film.”

Carr’s intuition told him they were going to be shut down; maybe the next generation would be ready to look into a higher and deeper way of operating a society instead of using up scarce resources. Ring recalls Carr’s message to his crew as, “Sooner or later they’re going to paint themselves into a corner, and then they’re going to start listening to people like you guys. You know where you’ve been and what you’ve done.”

Before they could carry out their plan to fly over Los Angeles to get public exposure while resonating a craft at vis­ible frequencies, the next week military vehicles containing soldiers drove into their fenced work area. Officials pre­sented a document and said the Carr group was no longer allowed to work together. Why? “You’re attempting to overthrow the monetary system of the United States and that can be treason.”

All their equipment and papers were confiscated while the crew was interrogated for what seemed like hours. “They threatened us with all kinds of unhealthy things.” The crew was forced to disperse to separate parts of the country and cease contact with each other. Carr went back to Baltimore.

Later, Ring was told by a professor that the 45-foot craft was in Los Alamos, New Mexico, nine stories down. His friend reported that government officials tried to operate it, but were unsuccessful because they don’t understand how the key to powering it lies in consciousness. They wanted to mount weapons on it. However, weapons simply don’t operate in the high-vibrational field of such advanced esoteric technology, Ralph Ring told me during a phone interview.

There’s no way I can verify details of this story. However, during his decades of seclusion Ring at one time worked on a project with a friend of mine in New Mexico, who affirmed that Ring’s story has essentially been the same all these years although he may not remember all the technical details. Ring wanted to build a replica of the 45-foot craft but ended up with an intuitively designed underground home, because local building codes don’t allow unanchored houses with built-in sewage treatment plants. Photos of the home are on the DVD of his presentation (www.TeslaTech.info).

His secluded life changed in 2006 after Bill Ryan and Kerry Cassidy of Project Camelot contacted him and said times are different now; people will listen without so much scoffing. Their interviews started a chain reaction of invi­tations for Ralph Ring to speak, and to bring to light more indications that humankind could cooperate with nature, clean up earth and soar into the skies.


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