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Canadians Sent Vannevar Bush Saucer Article

From: Grant Cameron <presidentialufo.nul>
Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2002 22:02:10 -0500
Archived: Sat, 16 Nov 2002 05:50:39 -0500
Subject: Canadians Sent Vannevar Bush Saucer Article 

Source: www.presidentialufo.com/keyhoe_redraft.htm

In November 1950, Major Donald Keyhoe sent a six-page draft
paper on flying saucers to the Canadian Defense Research Board
(DRB), and Wilbert Smith, through the Canadian Embassy in
Washington, D.C. The DRB was a Canadian defense group
responsible for all weapons development in Canada, and a group,
which provided "full cooperation" to the Canadian government
official flying saucer investigation, which became known as
"Project Magnet".

Keyhoe's intention was to publish the article in "True"
magazine. It was an article that dealt with the Canadian
government effort to investigate flying saucers, and was based
on an earlier interview that Keyhoe had been done with Wilbert
Smith, who would go on to head the Canadian Government saucer
study. Dr. Omond Solandt, then the Chairman of the DRB realized
that the article was going to present problems, so he forwarded
the article on to Smith.

In a reply letter to Keyhoe, written on November 24, 1950, Smith
thanked Keyhoe for "letting us see this advance document and to
comment upon it." He stated, however, that he felt "the
presentation might cause considerable embarrassment to the
Canadian Government since they would be required to make some
sort of official statement shortly after the release of the
article, which they are not, at the present time, in a position
to do."

On the same day Smith wrote back to Dr. Solandt notifying him
that he had sent a five-page revision of the flying saucer paper
to Keyhoe along with a letter explaining the Canadian position.
In his memo to Solandt, Smith also suggested that "the article,
as revised, be scrutinized by others in the group" for any
further revisions they might suggest.

The reference to a "group" associated with the Defense Research
Board, dealing with UFOs, directly opposes letters and
interviews with Dr. Solandt in the eighties and early nineties.
During a 1991 interview, for example, Solandt claimed the
Defense Research Board support of Smith was "entirely passive",
consisting only of supplying a garage size building in 1953,
which was used for the "flying saucer observatory."

In the memo to Solandt, Wilbert Smith also stated that the
article had been sent to the U.S. Research and Development
Board, which was the U.S. equivalent to the defense research
Board.. "The publication of this material," wrote Smith, "if
permitted by the United States Research and Development Board,
would be in the public interest."

Most importantly, it should be noted that the following five-
page draft was sent not only to the Research and Development
Board, but to a key member of the Board Vannevar Bush, who Smith
had identified in a Top Secret memo as the head of a small group
was making a concentrated effort on the modus operandi of the
saucers. This Bush role in the article was described in January
1951 correspondence between Wilbert Smith and the Canadian
Embassy in Washington, D.C.

No document has yet surfaced as to exactly what Bush's opinion
of the article was. We do know that it was cleared for public
distribution though. The Canadian military liaison to the
Research and Development Board, Arnauld Wright, got the article
from Vannevar Bush and returned it to Keyhoe. It did not make
the 1950 issue of "True" as intended, but was published in Major
Keyhoe's `1954 book "Flying Saucers from Outer Space" p. 133-

The Smith revision of the Keyhoe article forwarded to Vannevar
Bush "for clearance" was found in Smith's files at the
University of Ottawa. It reads as follows.


A group of Canadian Scientists has been working for some time on
certain problems connected with the earth's magnetic field.
These investigations appear to point the way to new technology
in magnetics, and if the initial conclusions are correct, they
offer a ready-made explanation for many of the striking
features, which have been reported in connection with the
sighting of flying saucers. The basic promise is that it is
possible to produce a magnetic "sink" within the earth's field;
that is, a region into which the magnetic flux will flow at a
controlled rate, giving some of its potential energy in the
process. Such a sink would have many interesting properties,
such as the following;

1.	Electrical power could be obtained from the collapse of the
earth's magnetic field into the sink. 2.	Powerful reaction
forces could be developed into a conducting ring surrounding the
sink and offset from it, sufficient to support a suitably
designed ship and to propel it. 3.	If the rate of flow of
magnetic flux is modulated the resulting magnetic disturbance
could be used for communication purposes.

It is curious to note that most of the descriptions of flying
saucers are in accordance with the design, which would be
necessary to exploit the properties of a magnetic sink. For
example, the saucers are described as consisting of a large
circular disc, slightly dished, with a small central cabin. In
this sense, the sink could be located in the upper central part
of the cabin, and the collapsing field in cutting through the
surrounding magnetic ring would induce in it an electric
current, which would react with the magnetic field that induced
it, producing a force, which would have a substantial vertical
component. Support and propulsion of the ship would then be a
combination of this resultant force, the airfoil action of the
disc, and the interaction between currents in the disc by its
rotation and the main field.

Rotation of the disc may be either deliberate, for induction of
eddy currents or may be incidentally caused by the electronic
drag of the very large current circulating around the disc. In
any case, there is good observational evidence that the disc
appears to rotate. Since the lift on the saucer will be
proportional to the product of the earth's magnetic field and
the field produced by the current induced by the disc, it
follows that when the saucer is accelerating upwards, a greater
force is required and hence a greater circulating current. If
the circulating current is sufficiently large and the cooling of
the disc is inadequate, it may become red or even white hot,
which is in line with several reported observations. Also, under
certain conditions of operation a very high voltage may be built
up between the center and the rim of the disc, which would
result in corona discharge through the surrounding air if the
saucer were at a sufficiently high altitude. Such a discharge
would resemble the northern lights but would be very much more
intense. This also seems to be confirmed by observations.

Navigation of such a flying saucer would be a very complex
process indeed. In the first place the earth's magnetic field
makes all sorts of angles with the horizontal, depending upon
geographical latitude, and upon peculiar local conditions. Thus,
the direction of the force, which results from the interaction
of the earth's field and the field of the disc, may be in almost
any direction.

Furthermore the tilt of the saucer to get the reaction force in
the wanted direction most probably will result in aerodynamic
forces in some other direction. Navigation therefore would
resolve into a determination of the field direction, comparison
with the direction in which it is desired to move, and an
analysis of the aerodynamic forces, which would result from such
a motion, and the suitable correction in the initial tilt of the
saucer and the flow of magnetic flux. It is doubtful if a human
pilot could manage to do all this at the speed that which would
be necessary to maneuver a saucer at the speeds and through the
intricate motions, which have been observed.

It is therefore highly probable that the saucer control systems
are semi if not totally automatic, and most likely a push button
effort. There are many reports of saucers hovering in one spot
for some time. For a saucer designed to operate as described,
this would probably be its easiest maneuver, as it would be
necessary merely to adjust the flux flow and tilt until the
resultant force exactly balanced the weight of the saucer. There
would be little or no aerodynamic problem in this case.

The only sound, which would be expected from such a saucer,
would be a swish as of any object passing through the air, plus
any incidental noises, which might originate with the internal
machinery of the saucer. There would be no roar of engine
exhaust or jets, or beat of propellers, or any other noises
usually associated with aircraft. It would be quite possible for
a saucer such as has been described to leave vapor trails if it
happened to pass through a region of supersaturated air, with a
sufficient voltage on the disc to produce a corona discharge.
The ions produced by the discharge would form nuclei for the
condensation of droplets of water or crystals of frost, and the
path of the saucer would be marked by the resulting visible

There is no indication that accelerations to which a saucer crew
would be subjected would be any different from the accelerations
going on through the same maneuvers. Those authorities that have
been consulted say that gravity can be neutralized or the
inertia of matter overcome. Where saucers have been observed to
execute close turns and other maneuvers which would result in
large accelerations, it is most probable that such saucers are
remotely controlled and do not contain living matter as we know

Grant Cameron


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