From: Yuru Youhatsu
- High altitude flying wing
- Looks a lot like Rutan's super-lightwight unmanned flying
wing.It's a lot like an unmanned "Gossamer Albatross", but bigger
and with more modern high-tech materials.
- And it goes up to almost 40000 meters, on batteries and
From: "fred lead"
- Think you might find THIS is your mystery Space photo
- [quote]Anti-gravity and us
- by Malcolm Street, Canberra SYDNEY MORNING HERALD - www.smh.com.au
- Webdiarist Malcolm Street has a unique theory on why
Britain and Australia are backing Bush on Iraq. Welcome to the anti-gravity
- Australia, the UK, anti-gravity and the Iraq crisis
- January 28 2003
- Are you sitting down? Good, because this is going to
blow your mind.
- This item is going to sound like a bad reject from conspiracy
publications like Nexus or New Dawn, or an X-Files fanzine. It isn't. The
indisputable fact is that both the US and the UK are putting serious money
into anti-gravity research with military aerospace applications. The only
question is how far it is from operational status. There is informed speculation
that it is already used in the American B2 bomber.
- I believe that access to this potentially revolutionary
and obviously highly secret technology, perhaps via the JSF/F35 fighter
program, could be behind the otherwise (in my view) inexplicable level
of support given Bush over Iraq by Howard and Blair.
- For the record I am a mechanical engineer who spent over
two years at a British Aerospace guided missile R&D site in the early
1980s and have continued to take a strong interest in aerospace technology.
I am a member of ASRI (Australian Space Research Institute). I am not a
- The most puzzling aspect to me of the American obsession
with invading Iraq even without UN sanction is the continuing support provided
by Tony Blair and John Howard. The USA's reason is obvious; to gain control
of a major oil supply as insurance against increasing instability in Saudi
Arabia. (If it's about human rights and weapons of mass destruction, why
the kid gloves treatment of North Korea?)
- One could stretch to say that Blair has the interests
of BP and the half-British Shell oil companies, but if it comes to a vote
in the Commons he could well be rolled. However nothing apart from blind
loyalty seems to explain the support given by Australia, and even with
a conservative government there are rumblings from Howard's back benches
and a population largely opposed.
- So why are Blair and Howard, both consumate political
operators, taking such a huge political risk for a war that no-one but
the Americans want, which could destroy the structure of international
law and result in both the UK and Australia becoming international pariahs?
- My hypothesis is the supply of information from the United
States that is so secret it is only known to the very highest levels of
government and is of such strategic importance that it is worth taking
- My initial thoughts were that the US was blackmailing
both leaders over continued supply of intelligence information gained from
the Echelon system via the UKASA agreement. But that could have been done
at any time over the last couple of decades. However, the current timescale
however coincides interestingly with the crucial development phase of the
F35/JSF fighter aircraft program...
- The JSF (Joint Strike Fighter), which is front-runner
to replace the RAAF's F-18s and F-111s in what would be our largest ever
defence order, is quite unlike any previous supersonic US fighter project
available for foreign allies. Unlike the earlier F104 Starfighter and F16
Falcon programs, there will be no generalised offset agreements, by which
foreign manufacturers will be able to supply components to the whole program.
Technology transfer in the JSF will be very tightly controlled, with only
the UK (developing a version to replace the Harrier jump-jet) so far as
an inner partner.
- Australia is trying hard to get on board, with (according
to a local TV news item some months ago) three firms in Canberra alone
tendering for parts of the project.
- There is a precedent for Australia sucking up to a larger
power in the hopes of gaining access to its advanced weapons technology;
the agreement given to conduct British nuclear tests on Australian territory
in the 1950s in the hope of getting transfers of British atomic bomb technology.
(See Dr Wayne Reynolds' book "Australia's bid for the Atomic Bomb").
In turn a major theme of this book is the use the UK made of its own program
as a bargaining chip to get access to US atomic technology.
- The July 2002 issue of the British magazine Air International
had an article entitled "JSF UK - more than just an aircraft"
by one Robert Hewson which deals with the JSF program, particularly the
extensive participation of British companies (notably BAe Systems and Rolls-Royce)
in its development:
- "One reason the US is keeping such a tight hold
over the industrial elements of the JSF is the thorny issue of "stealth"
and how to control access to the classified stealth technologies which
are built into every aspect of the JSF design. The US and UK have a special
(and classified) agreement that allows the two countries to share data
on common stealth research, but all other discussion of the subject is
closed. The question of how the US will supply this sensitive set of technologies
to other JSF customers goes unanswered - but the underlying message is
that the US is reluctant to do so and that somehow there will be different
standards in JSF "stealthiness" between friends, good friends
- So we know there is a sweetheart classified deal between
the US and UK over stealth technology in the JSF, and that apparently the
full stealth technology will not be supplied to outside customers. Why
couldn't it cover other highly classified technology as well? What if this
other US-UK technology was so revolutionary that the inner partners' versions
of the JSF would have a massive advantage over anything else in the air
for years to come, something that could give them a colossal and unassailable
strategic advantage, as great as, perhaps, the atomic bomb?
- There is such a technology on the horizon: anti-gravity.
Yes you read that right! Both the US and UK are publicly running research
programs investigating anti-gravity under such headings as "propellantless
propulsion". The UK effort, run by BAe Systems, is called Project
Greenglow (see bbc for an overview), while in the US Boeing is running
an anti-gravity program in its Phantom Works (Boeing's equivalent of Lockheed's
legendary Skunk Works) in Seattle (see janes). In addition, NASA is looking
into overlapping areas under the "Breakthrough Propulsion Physics"
project (home page nasa). (An interesting selection of links on anti-gravity
links, albeit with the odd crank, can be found at eskimo).
- How far away is anti-gravity technology? It may already
- Towards the end of an otherwise routine article on aircraft
propulsion in Air International in January 2000, reprinted at aeronautics,
well-known and highly respected aviation writer Bill Gunston speculated
that the American Northrop B-2 Spirit heavy bomber already uses some form
of anti-gravity technology:
- "I have numerous documents, all published openly
in the United States, which purport to explain how the B-2 is even stranger
- far, far stranger - than it appears. Most are articles published in commercial
magazines, some are openly published US Patents, while a few are open USAF
publications by Wright Aeronautical Laboratory and Air Force Systems Command's
Astronautics Laboratory. They deal with such topics as electric-field propulsion,
and electrogravitics (or anti-gravity), the transient alteration of not
only thrust but also a body's weight. Sci-Fi has nothing on this stuff."
- What really put the cat among the proverbial pigeons
was a feature published in a March 1992 issue of Aviation Week & Space
Technology, entitled "Black world engineers, scientists, encourage
using highly classified technology for civil applications". For the
first time in open literature, this article explained how the B-2's sharp
leading edge is charged to "many millions of volts", while the
corresponding negative charge is blown out in the jets from the four engines.
- "Take-off thrust of the [B2 engine] F118- 100 at
sea level is given as '19,000lb (84.5kN) class' by Northrop Grumman and
as '17,300lb (77.0kN)' by the USAF. These are startlingly low figures for
an aircraft whose take-off weight is said to be 336,5001b (152,635kg) and
which was until recently said to weigh 376,0001b (170,550kg). Aircraft
usually get heavier over the years, not 20 tones [sic] lighter. Even at
the supposed reduced weight, the ratio of thrust to weight is a mere 0.2,
an extraordinarily low value for a combat aircraft."
- In other words, Gunston is implying that the B2 is seriously
underpowered unless there is some means of reducing its mass or of increasing
its lift beyond that provided by conventional aerodynamic means.
- "Other writers have commented on the size of the
B-2 wing and noted that its stealth depends on the huge black skin being
made of RAM (radar-absorbent material). This, say the physicists, is 'a
high-k, high-density dielectric ceramic, capable of generating an enormous
electrogravitic lift force when charged'."
- So is this why the B2s cost US$1 billion each?
- Gunston's article is controversial, (an interesting discussion
on it in the rec.aviation.military Internet newsgroup is archived at google
under the title "B-2A and electrogravity") but there is a precedent
for a radical, cost-is-no-object, highly classified US military aircraft
using two major sets of new technologies, one secret and the other VERY
- The legendary Lockheed A12/SR71 "Blackbird"
reconnaissance aircraft was increasingly declassified in the late 70s/early
80s, with major details released on the structural and propulsion technologies
that enabled that incredible aircraft, one of the great masterpieces of
aeronautical engineering, to cruise at Mach 3. What wasn't declassified
until several years later, long after the F117 stealth fighter had been
unveiled, was the fact that it was also a stealth design! While stealth
took second place to speed, the fact was that stealth elements were a major
factor in the airframe configuration, design of which dated back to the
late 1950s, twenty years before stealth technology was even mentioned by
the US government.
- Another example is the even more legendary North American
P-51 Mustang fighter of World War 2. For years its outstanding performance
was explained by its "laminar flow" wing technology (also used
in the B24 Liberator bomber).
- Shortly before former senior manager and engineer at
North American Aviation, Lee Atwood, died a few years ago he wrote articles
for a couple of aircraft magazines (see, for example, airspacemag) giving
the real explanation. Using a phenomenon known as the "Meredith Effect",
the Mustang's characteristic under-fuselage duct for the engine's radiator
was so shaped internally that the heat from the radiator converted it into,
effectively, a low-temperature ramjet, thrust from which at high speeds
offset most of the drag produced by the radiator in the first place! Not
even the servicing crews knew that this was the true function of the duct
- We know that the JSF/F35 will incorporate a high degree
of stealth, like the B-2, with the degree of stealth apparently varying
between inner and outer customers. However, stealth is relatively old-hat;
the F117, the first stealth aircraft, turns up regularly at air shows,
much of the US 70s and 80s stealth program has been declassified and the
general principles, if not specific applications, of stealth technology
are now well-known in the unclassified world. I can't see it being worth
risking the fall of the UK or Australian governments.
- So are Howard and Blair playing a very high-stakes game
to gain access to a revolutionary military technology more secret, more
important, than stealth, one that's perhaps being pioneered on the US-only
B-2? Like anti-gravity technology only available to the select inner partners
of the JSF/F35 program? And has the US threatened to boot them out if they
don't toe the Bush line on Iraq? [/quote]
- Yabbdabbadoooooo! ;o)
- From: firstname.lastname@example.org
- I'd love this to be a black-project aircraft but I think
it's just an artifact on the print. I'm including a copy of
the larger image with other mystery objects circled.
- WASP 88
- Yes, we looked closely at these other blotches on
the print, but we found the v-wing shaped object to be considerably cleaner,
seemingly sharper than the other globular ones. But of course, we're only
speculating. - Ed