In the late 1950s and early 1960s Thomas Townsend Brown teamed up with Agnew H. Bahnson and James F. King to develop anti-gravity discs at the Bahnson research laboratory in Winston-Salem N.C.
Thomas Townsend BrownThrough their combined ingenuity they developed Brown's ideas of electrokinetic levitation and progressively discovered, among other things: How to direct the craft's electric field so as to steer its movement. How to constrict, or confine, that electric field so as to amplify its thrust energy and make it more efficient. How improved ionization of, and its resonance within, the surrounding air-ambient increases thrust. And That voltage pressure was more important to the electrokinetic thrust effect than current flow (whereby, for instance, a 3-fold increase in voltage pressure gave a 17-fold increase in thrust).

But it seems also that they had taken note of the work of Leonard G. Cramp who published, in 1954, in his book "Space, Gravity and the Flying Saucer" several technical drawings of George Adamski's ufo.

Below is a brief tour through the patents of A.H. Bahnson and a look at some pictures of the Bahnson Lab prototype models.

That this steering mechanism relates to many other types of ufo visiting earth in these few decades can be seen in the Grangemouth Electric Ufo page.



BAHNSON THRUST I - (excerpt from US patent 3,263,102)

3263102 fig1 and 2

...In accordince with the present invention, the thrust developed in the longitudinal direction of the supporting member 10 may be augmented by the use of an array of auxiliary electrodes arranged about the axis of the supporting member in a common plane transverse to such axis, or this array of auxiliary electrodes can be used to effect a CANTING action on the supporting member thus effecting a STEERING of the same in a desired direction.

In one practical embodiment of the invention, as shown in fig. 2. the array of auxiliary electrodes is comprised of three arcuate surfaces, such as spheres 17a, 17b and 17c of electrically conductive material mounted adjacent that end of the supporting member 10 at which the electrode 11 is located. The spheres 17a-17c are arranged at a uniform radial spacing relative to each other about the longitudinal axis of the supporting member 10, i.e. at a mutual angular spacing of 120 in a common plane transverse to such axis, and are carried by rods 18 of insulating material which extend laterally outward from the lower end of the supporting member 10 also at a mutual angular spacing of 120. In order to produce the auxiliary thrust, means are provided for selectively energizing the auxiliary electrodes 17a-17c from a source of potential. Conveniently, the potential source 15 can be used for this purpose, and conventional switching means can be employed for the selective energization of the auxiliary electrodes from this source. Each of the auxiliary electrodes, when energized, will have the same potential as that applied to electrode 11, which is negative.

The switching means for each auxiliary electrode, as illustrated, is comprised of a single pole, single throw switch, one terminal of each switch being connected to the negative terminal of the potential source 15 and the other switch terminal being connected to the auxiliary electrode. Thus switch 19a is used to selectively connect auxiliary electrode 17a to the negative terminal of the potential source 15, and in a similar manner, switches 19b and 19c are used to selectively connect auxiliary electrodes 17b and 17c to that source.

If it is desired to use the array of auxiliary electrodes to supplement the thrust produced longitudinally of the supporting member 10 by energization of the two main electrode members 11 and 12, all of the switches 19a-19c are closed thus impressing all of the auxiliary electrodes 17a-17c with the same negative potential as is impressed upon electrode 11. Thus each of the negatively energized auxiliary electrodes in conjunction with the positively energized main electrode 12 produces an additional thrust component, and since all of the auxiliary electrodes are uniformly spaced about the axis of the support member 10, these additional components of thrust act symmetrically on the support member 10 so that the latter is balanced axiaIly and the motion proceeds along its axis...



BAHNSON THRUST II - (excerpt from US patent 2,958,790)

The two outer pictures are of Bahnson's prototype craft (circa.1958)
both from the TT Brown family website
( of the "space vehicle"

and both photographs are courtesy of Optical Multimedia


2958790 fig3

...Referring now to Figure 3 [above], there is depicted still another illustrative embodiment of this invention. As therein depicted, the thrust producing device is assembled around a central supporting rod or pylon 45. On one end of pylon 45 is mounted an electrode 47, while on the other end of pylon 45 a conducting member 49 is mounted. An enclosed dielectric chamber or load carrying container 51 is secured in the region of one end of rod 45. This compartment or cabin has a domed top 52 constructed of insulating material in a manner similar to member 24 in Figure 1 [of this patent]. Toroidal coil 53 is located at the junction of the domed top and the top of the cabin for the purpose of shaping the field of the electrodes. When conducting meriber 49, which may be a coil, as shown, and coil 53 are charged to the potential of curved member 57, the resulting field aids the field radiating from the electrodes by acting as field shaping devices. By charging elements 49 and 53, the lift or thrust developed by the device is increased in the order of 20 % to 30 %. A first arcuate member 55 is secured to chamber 51 and comprises conducting or semi-conducting material. A second arcuate member 57 is rotatably mounted on rod 45 by means of suitable bearings 59. Arcuate member 57 defines an electrical force field producing electrode which may be of individual wires embedded in a dielectric material either running radially from the center of the electrode toward the edges or circularly in a spiral around the surface of the electrode. Electrode 57 is connected to a cylindrical member 61 which is preferably of dielectric material and is spaced from rod 45 by means of the previously mentioned bearings 59. A third arcuate member 65 is secured to a cylindrical portion 67 which is rotatably mounted around the outer periphery of cylindrical member 61 by means of suitable bearings 69.

A housing member 71 is supported on one end of the central pylon 45 by annular plate 72. Bearings 73 are positioned between the upper edge of housing 71 and cylindrical member 67. The bottom 75 of housing 71 is free to rotate on bearings 74 since it does not come in contact with housing 71... [The patent goes on to describe a small electrostatic generator within housing 71].

...A plurality of spheres (or curvaceous surfaces) 108, for example three, are mounted at equally spaced distances around the outer periphery of housing 71 and each encloses a pair of arcuate electrode surfaces 110 and 111 rotatably mounted about a pivot point or point electrode 112 by means of a rod 113. These electrodes 110 and 112 produce thrust in a manner similar to electrodes 18 and 12 in Figure 1 [of this patent]. The direction in which this thrust is produced is from point electrode 112 along the axis of electrode 110. It will therefore be apparent that the direction of thrust produced by these rotatable condensers on the pylon 45 can be controlled by controlling the direction of orientation of rod 113. The orientation of rod 113 can be controlled by any convenient means, such as by suitable motors and gears (not shown) or their orientation may be controlled manually.

2958790 fig1Arcuate member 55 performs the same function of REFLECTING or CONFINING the field emanating from electrode 57, as was performed by conducting member 14 with respect to electrode 18 [of fig.1 of this patent]. The elements contributing to increased thrust over that produced by the element 57, which is normally positively charged, and point electrode 47, which is normally negatively charged, are the following: The intermediate member 65 which interacts in the field established between electrodes 47 and 57, the introduction of the reflection or confining canopy 55, the counter rotation of charged surfaces 65 and 57, the three rotatable condensers, the toroidal coil 53, circular member 49 on top of the pylon, and dielectric dome 52 which is a field shaping component between coil electrode 49 and coil 53 when both of them are charged positively or the same charge as element 57...


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