The article linked below fascinated me for a number of reasons.

Northrop Grumman\'s unmanned airship program completes critical design review

The article notes that these blimps are to be surveillance platforms, and one can only assume that they will also become platforms for weapons eventually, if they are not already.

But that's not what fascinates me about the article. What fascinates me are the potentials that this once-obsolete and now-revived technology represents. We all remember those triangle-shaped, silent hovering UFOs that appeared over Belgium (and more recently, over areas of Illinois and Missouri), that sparkled with lights, gliding effortlessly and silently over the landscape during the night, and then, zipped away. Many people have reported seeing these craft so to my mind there's no question that they exist.

The first thing that struck me about those sightings - and this article - was how ideal a blimp or dirigible would be for a silent, "hovering" platform. Of course, both types of airship do use propulsion systems and in normal circumstances they are noisy affairs. So how to account for the silence of the hovering "UFO triangles" not to mention the enormous size reported for some of them? This set my mind to thinking in terms of combinations of technologies, along the lines of engineer Thomas Valone's Electrogravitics Systems: Reports on a New Propulsion Methodology.

This book was the source for the idea, circulated on the internet almost as soon as the B-2 Stealth Bomber's existence was publicly revealed, that the aircraft used an advanced form of propulsion, using its jet engines as electrical generators, and charging its exhaust negatively, while charging the leading edge of the aircraft positively. This would create a charge differential around the craft, argued Valone, and make a kind of "Virtual gravity well" in front of it, the aircraft acting like an electrical surf board and literally riding the wave it was creating while electrically reducing drag effects.

An interesting idea, and one that might be of relevance here, for what if these triangular UFOs that have been so often seen and reported, are some advanced form of blimp or dirigible, using not the normal propeller-driven propulsion systems, but some spin-off of this electrical technology, charging the leading and trailing edges of the craft with positive and negative charges? Similar charge differentials between the upper and lower surfaces would create vertical motion. Size, really, is no problem, especially for the rigid-framed airship, the dirigible. One need only remember the sheer size of the German Hindenburg.

A fanciful idea, to be sure, but one that does give one pause. Might we be looking - with the public revival of the airship in military applications - at only the tip of a very large iceberg of who-knows-what being done in black projects? Might we be looking, in the strange triangular UFO sightings, at a combination of very new technologies, with very old ones? It is, I think, an idea at least worth considering.

Posted in

Joseph P. Farrell

Joseph P. Farrell has a doctorate in patristics from the University of Oxford, and pursues research in physics, alternative history and science, and "strange stuff". His book The Giza DeathStar, for which the Giza Community is named, was published in the spring of 2002, and was his first venture into "alternative history and science".


  1. Tim Fonseca on November 1, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    How about “negative matter”, no, not “anti-matter”
    What have they been doing up there on the International Space Station, or higher, with alloys in zero-g gravity?
    Hmm, mix some negative matter with normal matter and presto…it floats, it weighs nothing, and all you need is a kind of gravity gauge control system.

    Remember the old comic book anti-gravity belts… it’s all in those exotic alloys being secrelty developed by you know who

  2. Gary Hunter on February 6, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Kevlar dirigibles anyone?

  3. Maxim K. Rice on February 6, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    Interesting idea Joseph. I have experimented a bit with electrogravitics in my shop and indeed it does work (levitating a small 6 inch device at 25KV). I’m not sure the blimps could move away as quickly as some reports have indicated, but who knows? High voltage source on board could be a silent generator of some sort. In a military situation, however, I would think they would be quite vulnerable to being shot down, basically being a powered balloon.

    • Joseph P. Farrell on February 6, 2011 at 1:20 pm

      Agreed, unless there were other defensive technologies as well we don’t know about

  4. chris on February 6, 2011 at 11:40 am

    probably cuz they do the same job for cheaper. they are probably wanting to start keeping on eye on absolutely everyone and you dont have enough satellites for that. it may sounds absurd to me and you but the people with the purse strings aren’t exactly very intelligent or noble.

  5. Steve on February 6, 2011 at 10:23 am

    Look out for this kind of thing in popular culture as well. In the hot “new” sci fi genre known as Steampunk, blimps and derigebles, etc. are a mainstay. As with the tv show Fringe, where there is an alternate reality, where among other things the twin towers of the WTC still stand, and the city is silently monitored by blimps.

    You didn’t see this even a few years ago, though the new genre, Steampunk is now being pushed along with neo marxist, leftist philosphy, including Bentham and animal rights, transhumanism, posthumanism.

    Watch now for more sightings of blimp like ufo’s. I wouldn’t be surprised at all.

  6. Vincent DeWald on February 6, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I remember reading about the military launching blimps over Afghanistan during the elections in order to monitor them closely. They could pinpoint anything using these blimps. I’m sure they have some floating above us right now. Heres an article about it-

    It just makes me wonder why they would use such an old technology for survellience. I’m sure some of the satellites in orbit are just as capable at doing what these blimps are supposedly being designed for.

    • Justina on February 6, 2011 at 2:21 pm

      They did this aero reconnaissance with hot air balloons in
      the Civil War. Because of the cannon, improved firearms,
      and mass movements of troops using rail, not to mention
      the body count, and the use of telecommunications (the
      telegraph), with resultant concerns to break communications
      of the enemy, it has been called the first modern war.

      Observers from other countries in Europe and Russia,
      and some Russian troops, were present, on loan. Seems
      The then Russian Tsar was rather interested (as were a
      lot of enlightened despots) with the outcome of this
      democracy experiment, and also threatened Great Britian
      with war, or at least a blockade, if they came in on the
      side of the Confederacy. Britain backed down. We won.

      The Confederacy was partly the result of British intelligence
      working to divide us up, then take over in the wake of the
      results. the sin of pride was a big big driver in Southern
      culture and politics, so of course they didn’t see through
      this. Pride, and curiosity according to one observer of
      manipulation more recently, in context of a paranormal
      and UFO research discussion, are great lures and great

      There was also at least one experiment with a submarine,
      I think it didn’t work out too well. I think it was propelled
      by foot pedals reminds me of the viking ships and roman
      triremes, powered by rows of oars.

      Probably other stuff we haven’t heard about.

  7. Northman on February 6, 2011 at 7:50 am

    Horten Ho 229 – Spirit of Thuringia

    Northrop grumman


    Andrei Shepelev and Huib Ottens, Classic Publications/Ian Allan Publishing Ltd., Hersham, Surrey, England, 2006, ISBN 1-903223-66-0. Illustrated, hardcover, published in English.

    Amazing video animation and built copy for radar signature…

    14.05 at TV 6 Feb 2011
    Hitler’s Stealth Fighter 1943 konstruierten die Gebrüder Horten die Ho 229. Material, Form und Farbe machten dieses Düsenflugzeug einzigartig: Die Ho 229 war für Radarsysteme unsichtbar. “Hitler`s Stealth Fighter” war eine Geheimwaffe in der Luft – die jedoch nie zum Einsatz kam. Hätte Hitler mit dem Einsatz dieser Wunderwaffe den Luftkrieg für sich entscheiden können? In “Hitler`s Stealth Fighter” geht ein Expertenteam dieser und weiterer Fragen rund um die Ho 229 nach

Help the Community Grow

Please understand a donation is a gift and does not confer membership or license to audiobooks. To become a paid member, visit member registration.

Upcoming Events