Deep within the bowels of military research programs, government warehouses and aerospace libraries are secrets most would find hard to believe. As an aviation writer for Jane’s Defense Weekly, Nick Cook had special access to places normally off-limits.
An unusual 1956 aerospace article entitled “The G-Engines are Coming” by writer Michael Gladyich started Cook on an incredible journey that would lead to weird science and a world of secrets. He made an attempt to contact George Trimble, the Glen L. Martin Company manager and aerospace engineer mentioned in the article. In the text, Trimble is quoted to say, “we’re already working on nuclear fuels and equipment to cancel out gravity”.
At first, the elderly and retired Trimble seemed open to talking but soon changed his mind. He told Cook’s Lockheed Martin PR contact to leave him alone. According to the contact, George sounded “scared”:
“It’s Trimble”, she said. “The guy just got off the phone to me. Remember how he was fine to do the interview? Well, something’s happened. I don’t know who this old man is or what he once was, but he told me in no uncertain terms to get off the case. He doesn’t want to speak to me and he doesn’t want to speak to you, not now, not ever. I don’t mind telling you that he sounded scared and I don’t like to hear old men scared” (Page 12, “The Hunt for Zero-Point: Inside the Classified World of Anti-gravity Technology” by Nick Cook, 2001 Broadway Books, New York).
Nick Cook was intrigued. Could have anti-gravity research fallen into the “black” hole of secret government programs? Cook would soon be immersed in “The Legend” of UFOs, anti-gravity and reverse engineering.
Knocking on Doors
After the Trimble incident, the journalist started asking around. Cook soon learned of secret programs to build flying saucer-like vehicles such as the Avrocar, Project Silverbug and the Kingfish (aka “Fish”). He wanted to get to the root of these unusual programs. What Cook found is both fascinating and chilling!
The Nazi Bell
Near the end of WWII, Hitler was hopeful that his engineers and scientists would create “wonder weapons” that might save the day for his regime. The Germans had built several factories and research facilities underground so that allied bombing raids could not put a halt to aerospace production. These places were built on the blood, sweat and tears of slave labor with many unfortunate victims dying in the process.
Strange devices, jet planes and rocket-propelled flyers were designed and tested in the final years of the War – many were developed in underground facilities. Much of the technology was appropriated after the War by the Americans. Programs such as operation paperclip brought Nazi scientists to the US, so their engineering knowledge could be exploited. It seems much of the advanced aerospace technology used in Stealth jets, missile guidance and advanced weaponry today were initially developed by German scientists working away in hidden World War 2 facilities.
One of the more frightening secret weapons was the Bell or “Die Glocke” (mentioned previously in a post on Gabriel Kron). The Bell project and its research location were uncovered by a Polish researcher named Igor Witkowski. He claims to have seen records of an interrogation involving a captured SS general after the War who describes the Nazi research project.
In this documentary, UFOs the Secret Evidence (2005), Nick Cook visits Poland and discusses the Bell (beginning approximately at the ten minute mark):
In a memo to Hitler the scientists involved are alleged to say, “it is in our opinion that the scientific results ascertained with our experiments with the Bell are truly decisive for the War” (see above video).
Apparently, Nazi prisoners observed a strange object levitating in the woods near this location, leading to speculation that the Bell was an anti-gravity device.
The full case for the Bell is made in Witkowski’s book, “The Truth About The Wunderwaffe”.
Lusty and the Foo Fighters
While speaking with another aerospace journalist named Lawrence Cross, Cook learned of an existing US army file on secret German World War 2 weapons. It is called “Luftwaffe Secret Technology” or “Lusty” for short. Cross explained:
“It’s raw data. That is to say, it’s never been processed by anyone, so it’s uncorrupted and verifiable, but I have no idea what’s in it. In all these years, doing what we do, I have never had a an excuse to go there. Maybe you do”. (page 48, “The Hunt for Zero-Point: Inside the Classified World of Anti-gravity Technology” by Nick Cook, 2001 Broadway Books, New York).
Money and time for travel can be difficult to come by but as fate would have it, Nick Cook would soon see those files. Cook had a short assignment in Washington D.C. and learned there was a sister copy of the Lusty files in the Old Navy Yard, just across the river from Capital Hill. He had one day to view the files before flying home and had to be quick. Once there, Cook was amazed to read of German underground workshops and secret weapons ranging from “anti-aircraft rays” and “sniffer devices” to “detect the presence of aircraft by measuring the polarity of the surrounding air”. He also came across references to “evidence for radio-controlled aircraft” and a secret device “said to stop ignition engine of a petrol engine” (IBID, pages 69–70).
It sounded like Germany had the technology to build Foo-Fighters!
Although many believe the modern UFO era began in 1947 with the sightings by Kenneth Arnold, strange objects have always been seen in the sky. During World War 2, pilots reported encountering bizarre glowing objects that seemed to fly near their bomber formations.
The objects were variously described as fiery, and glowing red, white, or orange. Some pilots described them as resembling Christmas tree lights and reported that they seemed to toy with the aircraft, making wild turns before simply vanishing. Pilots and aircrew reported that the objects flew formation with their aircraft and behaved as if under intelligent control, but never displayed hostile behavior. However, they could not be outmaneuvered or shot down. The phenomenon was so widespread that the lights earned a name – in the European Theater of Operations they were often called “kraut fireballs”, but for the most part called “foo-fighters”.
(from the Wikipedia, Foo Fighter article).
Despite the fact foo-fighter-like research is described in the raw Lusty report, the file also contains a message from a Lt. Colonel Sullivan claiming that workable German technology permitting “remote interference with aircraft” is “negative”. He says there is no “basis of fact” for a Nazi connection to balls of fire.
So where did the Foo Fighters come from?
While the raw lusty data might indicate the Foo Fighters were German in origin, Luftwaffe pilots are said to have reported the same gremlin-like visitors (see video below). Each side assumed they were the work of the enemy:
Foo Fighters are just a part of the larger UFO mystery that keeps many researchers and enthusiasts both enthralled and baffled.
An Incredible Journey
Nick Cook would go on to interview aerospace workers, secret scientists and unusual engineers. Eventually, Cook meets the enigmantic physicist, Hal Puthoff, and discusses “zero-point energy” as a power source for exotic technology. There is too much for me to describe here. Cook’s odyssey is full of intriguing finds and connections that only a careful and proactive journalist could uncover.
I have read hundreds of books about quests but Nick Cook’s Hunt for Zero-Point is possibly one of the most exciting and compelling page-turners out there. It is like a non-fiction version of the detective novel and you can’t put it down!