Wilbert B. Smith: The study that concluded that UFOs were aliens

In the neighboring nation to the north, a man would try to do the same when UFO waves were studied in the United States through the Sign and Grudge projects – predecessors of the famous Blue Book – coming to the conclusion that these waves were objects of extraterrestrial origin and their propulsion depended on magnetism.

Wilbert Brockhouse Smith, born in 1910 in the Canadian province of Alberta, showed remarkable scientific interest and considerable intellectual talent from an early age, even writing a thesis on the concept of perpetual motion at the age of 15. Graduated in electrical engineering and more than three decades later, the same curiosity would be what led him to request the use of the Department of Transportation (DoT) facilities to investigate this phenomenon that so alarmed Americans: UFOs.

Wilbert B Smith

The request was made easy because I was a senior radio engineer in the DoT Measurements and Transmissions Section at the time. Said petition was thus officially approved on December 2, 1950, resulting in the creation of Project Magnet. The name is due to the fact that Smith thought that the propulsion of UFOs in our atmosphere could have something to do with some kind of technology capable of harnessing the Earth’s magnetic field.

The purpose of the program was to gather information about UFOs for use in engineering and technology, which was a very practical objective. The very ambitious goal is to discover the code for a new energy source.

Attracting UFOs
The small-scale research made use of DoT resources and received some help from experts at the National Research Council and the Defense Research Board (DRB).

In a preliminary study he published in 1952, Smith said that UFOs were almost undoubtedly created by intelligent extraterrestrial sources and that they used magnetism to fly. He further claimed that after shooting down a flying saucer, the United States government had lent him an actual piece of a UFO, which he had obtained. He couldn’t tell who they were or what kind of information was obtained from the artifact because this component will be given to a top-secret entity.

In the same year, Smith would become part of the Canadian government’s Second Storey initiative, which it may have been established or was charged with managing. It was made up of a team of scientists and military leaders who met regularly to discuss the UFO problem and suggest policy changes.

Project Magnet established an observatory in Shirleys Bay outside Ottawa in 1953 to investigate reports of UFO sightings because they thought they gave off physical properties that could be measured.

Equipamento de monitoramento de OVNIs instalado em Shirleys Bay em 1952. Foi o primeiro local de detecção de OVNIs do mundo.
UFO monitoring equipment installed at Shirleys Bay in 1952. It was the world’s first UFO detection site.

Through a series of experiments, Smith and his group tried to use newly acquired technology to lure UFOs to the area. The facility soon had its most unique occurrence after receiving reports of possible UFO activity in the vicinity for several months. Instrumentation at the Shirleys Bay plant noticed an unexpected disturbance at about 3:01 pm on August 8, 1954. The gravimeter “went crazy,” in Smith’s words, because far more deviation was registered than could be explained by regular interference, such as a jet passing by.

Scientists rushed outside to observe the craft that was generating such a significant reading on their instruments. They were unhappy to see the cloudy sky and poor visibility once they left. Under the cloud cover, any kind of ship up there was well hidden. The variation noted on the graph paper was the only proof they had of this large UFO.

Esquerda: recorte de jornal descrevendo o evento em Shirleys Bay. Direita: artigo de jornal descrevendo a nova estação de monitoramento de OVNIs (à direita).
Left: Newspaper clipping describing the event at Shirleys Bay. Right: Newspaper article describing the new UFO monitoring station (right).

The Shirleys Bay research site was unexpectedly closed by DoT order two days later. Many believe the strange discoveries and events caused the project to disappear, with all discoveries moving to TOP SECRET operation status.

Smith was given the option to stay in Shirleys Bay, but all government support for his UFO research was terminated. He maintained his studies with money from “other sources” in the absence of funds.

He started working on what he called revolutionary antigravity technology.

“We’ve done experiments indicating that it’s possible to manufacture artificial gravity (not centrifugal force) and alter the Earth’s gravitational field,” the engineer said in a 1959 presentation. We did that. It is true. The next phase is to do the engineering and understand the rules needed to translate the principle into working hardware.

Um pesquisador do Projeto Magnet monitora equipamentos em Shirleys Bay, Ottawa.
A Project Magnet researcher monitors equipment in Shirleys Bay, Ottawa.

Smith developed cancer just as he was about to complete work on this antigravity device and died at age 52 on December 27, 1962. His research on UFOs and antigravity technology was halted and the Shirleys Bay research facility was closed.

The structure he worked on for Project Magnet at the Department of National Defense’s Shirleys Bay complex, now known as “Canada’s Defense Research and Development”, on Carling Avenue, continued to exist until 2011 and was simply marked Building 67. The UFO building was destroyed after that date, leaving only a vacant lot.

Space brothers
It should be emphasized that Smith may have become obsessed with the matter, pushing his body beyond limits in the later years of his life. Furthermore, it is possible that the concept of antigravity technology originated from a “higher” source. His assertion that UFOs were connected to psychic phenomena can be used as an illustration of the latter. Not only that, but he also made contact with the “space brothers” who telepathically talked to him and sent him messages.

The Canadian engineer, who formed the New Science Club of Ottawa, wrote a series of articles describing the “space brothers” mentality in response to this. The Topside Boys was the title of a 1969 posthumous publication that compiled the essays, (The Topside Boys).

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