Tesla’s original vision, in his 1870’s student days, of his “ideal flying machine”, was of an electropulsive one, the realization of which is why he said he originally entered the field of electrical science in 1875 in the first place. This was the problem which he had assigned to himself as his main lifelong work. (Frank Parker Stockbridge, The Tesla Turbine. The World’s Work, march, 1912, pp. 543-48.)
Originally anticipating that the electrical power needs for an electropropulsive craft would be too great for an on-board power plant (since his ship was to be devoid of sustaining planes), he initially embarked on developing his “wireless transmission of power” system, so as to transmit the anticipated power needed from ground-based power generators and stations. Some of these earlier Tesla ideas turned out to be unnecessary for his flying machine, so he turned them for intended commercial purposes.
Since his conception of the ether was of a relatively low-density one, and his conception of the electromagnetic force not nearly so much stronger than the gravitational one, his later discovery that his prior anticipation of greater electrical power needs than actually required, led to changes in his electropropulsive craft, and produced plenty of surplus “spin-off’ technology.
During the 1920’s, at a time when he was in great need of money to complete his electropropulsive ship, he unsuccessfully attempted to interest the U.S. government in some of this surplus “spin off’ technology. In an unpublished article prepared but never published, Tesla said:
“…we should push the development of flying machines and wireless transmission of energy without an instant’s delay and with all the power and resources of the nation”.
The immediate association here is between “flying machines” (not “aeroplanes”) and “wireless transmission of energy”. Tesla had piles of patents which produced him no money, because the Morgans and Rockefellers had declared them off limits. No one could borrow money from the banks to put one of these systems into practice, and anyone who was foolish enough to do so on their own money could expect the wrath of the gods to come down on them like lightening bolts from Zeus.
Due to his imminent discovery that his on-board power needs would not be so great, and a failure to interest anyone in the development of his wireless energy transmission system, Tesla obtained a patent in 1913 on a remarkable turbine he had invented about 1909.
This was probably in view of encouraging developments and awareness which showed that the electromagnetic interaction is 1040 times stronger than the gravitational interaction (George Gamow, Gravity, Anchor Books, N.Y. , p. 138). According to Hendrick Lorenz, the electrical attractive force is 2 x 1039 times stronger than the gravitational attractive force.
The change in Tesla’s strategy seems to have occurred between his 1915 test of an electropropulsive missile using wireless energy projected to it by a power beam from the ground, and his 1934 birthday announcement. These new developments were probably spurred on by the mother of invention, since without a wireless energy system, the prior conception would be rather useless. The power monopolists could fight that off forever, so Tesla was left to his own devices, unable to count on anyone else.
The earlier misconceptions were still somewhat in Tesla’s mind when he developed the turbine commercially under the Tesla Propulsion Company slogan, “20 Horsepower Per Pound”, with the undisclosed intention of also using the turbine to drive one of his specially designed high frequency alternators to power the ship.
After having developed such a light and powerful turbine, which could turn upwards of 30,000 rpm., with a twenty pound unit producing over 200 brake horsepower on gasoline, he also designed and received a patent in 1928 for a new kind of “VTOL”-type propellor-driven airplane, to be powered by two turbines mounted in tandem, which would counteract the torque of the prop, and eliminate the need for the stabilizing props that helicoptors have on their back fuselages. This aircraft, if built, would have had a superior weight to-horsepower ratio—perhaps three-to-one—and would have been very fast in level flight, taking off vertically.
Tesla, on seeing the inefficient use of heavier aircraft engines then in use, and the requirements of more cumbersome aircraft with greater wing area, apparently wished to commercialize on the turbine by designing and patenting the new airplane, which specifically used his turbine, to raise needed capital to complete his more expensive electropropulsive project.
In his experiences with prior patents, he had learned that a patent would be worthless unless he could get the needed capital to carry the project out before the patent period expired, and that the disclosure in a patent would allow others to do so only 17 years after a patent might be granted to him, during which time his invention could languish for lack of funding on his part, because the monolithic financial interests were set against him.
While in the initial stages of development, Tesla seemed quite unaware of the true power of “the force”, until his early field tests of 1915 proved that it was “tremendous”. In the years 1893 and 1894, Tesla had “completely worked out” his Dynamic Theory of Gravity, that is, at least in “theory”. Inherent to that theory, was his electropropulsion system, yet in the formative and theoretical stages.
To publish his theory however, would have been tantamount to disclosing the basic technology as well, which would have allowed his competitors with the money and resources, to complete and take credit for the most important work of Tesla’s life, and the greatest invention of mankind. Tesla lacked the necessary money, and could not raise it. He could not protect himself by patent, until he completed and tested a working model of large enough scale to impress the aircraft industry and the government.
Fatefully, it was during this time of greatest financial need, when he still had the physical stamina to carry the project out, that he was run ragged by bill collections and foreclosures, at the behest of J.P. Morgan and his cohorts, all with the intent of crushing Tesla because he kept coming up with new electric power systems which made his prior systems obsolete.
Since the systems would have ruined Morgan and Rockefeller, and since any invention which Tesla marketed for great profit would have allowed him the resources to build his energy systems, he had to be crushed.
Tesla never seemed to fully realize that Morgan’s pseudo-philantropism was nothing more than a scheme to compromise Tesla’s contract with himself, and a way of falsely inducing Tesla’s reliance on others rather than on his own self-reliance. This treatment set Tesla back emotionally as well as financially and technically, and reduced him at one point to a heap of groveling nerves, literally begging Morgan to make good on his promises, to no avail, but like all truly tragic figures, there was a peripides —a reassertion of the tragic hero’s excellent and untarnished Arturian powers—before he passed heroically into the oblivion of death, as his discoveries, like the sword Excalibur, sank beneath the waters of the lake of ’national security’ lies, to the inurement of corporate greed, coercion and extortion.
The only power that Tesla seemed to have left, was that of withholding his discoveries from the world, to protect his secrets from the pilfering paws of the looters, unless he could receive the compensation and credit which he deserved, but that didn’t matter, because they got it all before his corpse was cool, and never paid him so much as a dime for his trouble.
After becoming aware of the true power of “the force”—one hundred billion thousand trillion thousand trillion times stronger than gravity—Tesla began to pursue the idea of an “on-board” power system for a manned craft to be used for transportation, with his “wireless transmission of power” to be relegated to a robotic, remote controlled, electropropulsive “missile”, for use in warfare, with electric power to be transmitted to missiles from the ground.
After a long period of silence following his field testing of a working model of the electrically propelled missile in 1915, Tesla began referring to the propelling force as “tremendous” in his later announcements which began in the ‘30’s. “Tremendous” does not mean something which reacts feebly, to barely get off the ground, but to something which rises with great and astounding force, such as the way I saw a flying saucer perform in 1953… only ten years after Tesla’s death.
If “tremendous” meant something like an airplane or conventional rocket—as the CIA/NASA misinformationists have idiotically attempted to misconstrue—then what would be the word to describe a force which propels a flying saucer at 9,000 mph in three seconds?
The words “means of propulsion”, used by Tesla in his 1940 interview with William L. Laurence of the New York Times, are of the utmost importance for those interested in understanding both the misinformational conspiracy, as well as the scanty documentation of Tesla’s concealed discoveries.
In their context, these words denoted an onboard electropropulsive means to be used on his “ideal” flying machine, either manned or unmanned, controlled “mechanically” by a pilot on board, or “remotely by wireless energy” by a controller from the ground. It did not refer to a “projectile” such as a “pellet” or “bullet”, which had no “propulsion system”, and was merely “repelled” by a gun of some sort, and it did not refer to any kind of “airplane”—hence “flying machine”—since his machine was to have no wings, ailerons, propellors, or outer appurtenances of any kind.
“Propulsion” here means an on-board system for perpetuation of motion, by electromagnetic means, supplied with electrical power by either on-board generator, or by electrical energy and control signals transmitted by power beam from the ground. The idea of interplanetary travel appealed to Tesla, with the idea that, so long as the electrical energy for propulsion could be transmitted from the earth, a space ship would require no fuel tanks.
In a letter to his friend and financial supporter B.A. Behrend in the 1930’s, Tesla referred cryptically to his electropropulsive discovery:
“What I shall accomplish by that other invention I came specially to see you about, I do not dare to tell you. This is stated in all seriousness.”
Tesla apparently was inferring a plan to discover “other worlds” in outer space with his electrical machines.
Tesla realized that all solid bodies contain “electrical content”, and that they behave as resonant cavities, which interact electromagnetically with rapidly varying electrostatic forces and ether to determine their gravitational interactions and movements in space. These theories were tested and confirmed to some degree in his 1899 Colorado Springs experiments.
The U.S. government never gave Tesla the time of day, and his great electropropulsive discovery slipped into the eager hands of the Nazi elite, when Wernher von Braun acquired and began development of the “p2” project at Los Alamos, New Mexico in 1936, taking the project back to Germany in the fall of 1937, where it was developed at Peenemunde in the Baltic, until these secrets and others were traded to American corporations and the U.S. government in exchange, under Operation Paperclip, just after the armistice, for amnesty for many war criminals, along with an agreement for several thousand people to work for the U.S. government and American corporations. Anyone having important technical information was protected.