Re: The E-Bomb

From: Mike Lorrey (
Date: Mon Nov 19 2001 - 20:57:44 MST

Chuck Kuecker wrote:
> At 08:51 AM 11/19/01 -0500, you wrote:
> >Problem is, when I got out of the USAF, they grabbed a bunch of my stuff
> >because I couldn't prove that it was 'mine' rather than just stolen from
> >their salvage yard (the utter lack of federal stock numbers
> >notwithstanding), furthermore a lot of my writing prior to 1995 was
> >destroyed in a flood. You might talk to Chuck Kuecker and freinds,
> >though. They like to play with HERF and other fun technologies today. I
> >could probably reconstruct the plans if there was money in it for me.
> My buddy has built HERF guns from WWII search radar magnetrons found at
> Fair Radio Sales in Lima, Ohio. Unfortunately, what was almost literally a
> dime a dozen twenty years ago is very rare today. He cleaned them out of
> all their stock. What they had was stripped of the original magnets - a
> good thing, as modern permanent magnets are lots smaller than the Alnico
> ones originally used.
> We have also made "baby" versions from microwave oven maggies - good for
> upwards of 2 KW pulsed power. The search radar parts were good for almost a
> megawatt (pulsed).

its why I recommend places like Boeing Surplus. You might try the
boneyard at Davis Monthan AFB as well. I'm sure Spike can point people
to some suppliers in the Bay area.

> All of these can fit in a medium sized plastic Sears mechanic's toolbox,
> along with twenty minute's worth of batteries. Not exactly a stealthy
> thing, but at least portable.
> >You can get plans for the ionocraft of de Seversky by looking his
> >patents up in the US patent database. The plans for the power supply can
> >be made from those found in books by Information Ulimited of Amherst,
> >NH.
> Do you mean the Igor Sikorsky design that was in Popular Mechanics back in
> the 1960's? I built a few models, but was never able to get enough thrust
> to get them airborne. Pretty good airflow, though, if you don't mind a bit
> of ozone...

I believe that de Seversky worked for the Sikorsky corp. You've gotta
use balsa, mylar, and very fine wire. I was planning on a wireless power
transmission device to free it from the umbilical cord eventually.

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