Kim Zorzi duplicates Townsend Brown’s flying disc demonstration

Posted by: P. LaViolette
November 24, 2013

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In the early to mid 50’s the American inventor Townsend Brown invented a new form of air propulsion in which he supplied a wire suspended in front of the leading edge of an aluminum disc with a high voltage of 45 kv or more with the negative electric pole being supplied to a wire along the trailing edge.  Two such discs were suspended by wires to form a carousel and when energized would fly a circular course.  Initially, Brown flew 2 foot diameter discs supplied with up to 47 kv around a 20 foot diameter course at a speed of up to 12 mph.  In 1955 in research he conducted near Paris France, he flew 2.5 foot diameter discs around an 18 foot diameter course at speeds of up to 20 mph (see Project Montgolfier).  Also a few years earlier, he had given a demonstration to Navy admirals at Pearl Harbor in which he flew 3 foot diameter discs supplied with 150 kv around a 50 foot diameter course at speeds rumoured to be in the range of hundreds of miles per hour.   The results were so significant as to be classified.  In 1957 he is said to have been test flying 10 foot diameter discs.  It has been proposed that Brown’s electrokinetic propulsion technology served as the centerpiece of the B-2 bomber propulsion system.  More about Townsend Brown’s electrokinetic technology, what causes the forward propulsion, and the use of the technology in the B-2 bomber can be found in the book Secrets of Antigravity Propulsion.

Over the years various researchers have duplicated Townsend Brown’s flying disc carousel experiment in small scale rigs;  e.g., Larry Deavenport.  More recently, in his laboratory in Texas, inventor Kim Zorzi has produced a stunning demonstration of Brown’s flying disc technology.  Rather than using flying discs, Zorzi designed his airfoils as 12 inch flying wings which bear a close resemblance to the profile of the B-2 bomber.  He carried out his tests between 2009 and 2011.  He attached ionizer wires to the leading and trailing edges of each wing and supplied them with 30 kv DC, with the positive polarity on the leading edge. Below is a youtube video he shot of his flying wings in flight.  As seen here, at their top speed the wings appear to turn the carousel at about one half revolution per second as they fly a 6 foot diameter circular course.  This translates into a speed of about 9.4 feet per second or about 6 miles per hour.

Youtube video of Kim Zorzi’s flying wings.

In a follow up experiment, using a carousel suspension, Zorzi flew electrokinetic wings having a wingspan of 24 inches around a 20 foot diameter course at around one half revolution per second.  This translates into speeds of 21 miles per hour which is comparable to the speeds that Brown was getting with his 2-1/2 foot diameter electric discs in the Montgolfier Project in Paris.


As further work in this area, Zorzi has built radio controlled planes whose wings are electrified with on board high voltage generators (see photos above).  Their wings have a span of 32 inches and are fitted with propellers that allow them to take off and land vertically.  Once the craft are airborne, the electric propulsion is switched on to propel the planes forward.  No test result details are yet available.

Kim writes about his ongoing research on his website and describes his electrokinetic experimental work on the following page 7:


3 Responses to Kim Zorzi duplicates Townsend Brown’s flying disc demonstration

  1. It is good to see a younger generation take over Brown’s Research. It was 22 years ago when Dr.Tom Valone and I did the lecture in Denver that was made into a documentary. I have just completed the construction of Brown’s Electrokinetic generator patent number 3,022430. I will post it to you tube when I work all the bugs out of it. I will be lecturing on it at the COFE conference next August in Albuquerque NM in 2018

  2. stan deyo says:

    TTBrown video and lab notebooks available soon.

    I don’t know if you would be interested or not but I have just finished preparing the Bahnson Co, lab footage (71 minutes of it) in high-res (720×480 at 1.91Gb) format in date order to be put on a flash drive along with over 300 pages of notes from the lab when TT Brown was there in 1957-early 1959. I am trying to get an idea of how many I need to make so if you are interested please let me know. I think the cost will be about $35 for a small run.

    I got the photocopies of the lab notes from J. Frank King personally before he died.

    The film clips I got from the Bahnson Brothers and I paid US$1200 to have them assembled in a fluid gate 16mm copy which i then had transferred digitally and than had a friend edit them together in date order to match the notebooks.

    If interested email me:

    Thanks, Stan Deyo

  3. Jean Pierre De Mante La Jolie says:

    I very much would like to be informed on progress in respect to your ongoing research. Furthermore I would very much like to get in contact in regards to possible funding for your research.

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