In July 2009 I was contacted by someone who described that he and thousands of other people had witnessed a close up sighting of the B-2 bomber in flight. This occurred in 1998 at a time when he was living in Cambridge, Massachusetts and attending Harvard University. Every Fourth of July Boston stages a fireworks display on the Esplanade next to the Charles River and on that evening he had walked down to watch the fireworks and celebratory events. Here is his story in his own words:
As the evening progressed, and before it got dark, a B-2 came flying in to the downtown Boston airspace and made TWO IDENTICAL circular flybys. In other words, it maintained a constant radius, constant banking angle turn, and flew right above the crowd that was assembled below. I was in that crowd.
The wind was very light, and the direction was constant. There were no gusts. The altitude was surprisingly low, maybe around 1,200 ft, which surprised me. The altitude was constant throughout the maneuver.
Now here’s the thing that made the hair on the back of my neck stand right up. The first time the aircraft approached and flew over us, the roar and vibration of the GE engines made themselves clearly known. But the second time the B-2 approached, there was an eerie silence. And I mean absolute silence. As it ‘flew’ above us, I was in a state of shock. There was no sound or vibration whatsoever. It looked like it was gliding, even though it clearly was under powered flight.
After it passed us, I heard a few people around me (some strangers, and some members of my group) quiz each other about the lack of sound/vibration from the B-2 the second time around. So I know that I wasn’t hallucinating.
As a recreational pilot and military technology enthusiast, I was probably more curious than the others in trying to acertain what I had witnessed, but in the following years I was not able to find anything to explain what we had seen. At least until I came across your literature and the industry insiders that spoke out briefly.
The only other possibilities to your explanation is that the B-2 had noise-cancelling technology, or that what we saw was a projected image. Obviously the former has no military advantage and may not even be technically feasible, and the latter is highly unlikely. I believe what I saw was a real B-2, under powered flight. I believe your explanation to be the correct one.
But then, my question is why did the Air Force very clearly demonstrate this classified technology so publicly? It doesn’t make sense to me, and I haven’t been able to shake off this question in my mind for the last 11 years. I hope you can help me answer it.
Apparently, the crowd witnessed the B-2 flying in its silent field propulsion mode. In this mode the B-2 shuts off its jet engines and powers itself solely on scooped air. As explained in my 1993 paper The U.S. Antigravity Squadron” which is now updated in Chapter 5 of Secrets of Antigravity Propulsion, the B-2 in flight scoops air into its engine cowlings and this air is there seeded with ions to create a multimillion volt potential which the B-2 uses to power its electrokinetic ion drive. The fields induce asymmetrical electrostatic forces on the B-2 which propel it forward silently. This is an overunity drive: unbalanced forces create thrust, which scoops air, which creates multimillion volt potentials.
As to why the Air Force would make such a blatant display, my guess is that it had already been used on the battle field and its silent cruise mode had in the past already been observed by enemy soldiers. Besides the U.S. Antigravity Squadron paper that reverse engineered the B-2’s propulsion system came out five years earlier in 1993. So perhaps by that time the Air Force had concluded they had nothing to lose.