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Project HARP guns dangerously rusting away – all for want of a little paint

HARP Space Gun Gerald Bull click photo for large

Gerald Bull’s invention could be a prime tourist attraction

It has been years, probably over a decade, since I last touched Dr. Bull’s HARP space guns rusting away on our south coast. Ten years ago the guns were rusting, but still I was shocked to see recent photos posted by Slate Magazine showing the advanced corrosion eating away at the support structures. Flakes of rust and dripping rusticles are reminiscent of photos of the Titanic as the ship returns to nature under the sea. The one gun looks positively dangerous as the frame is dripping away in rust chips and has holes eaten in the support.

Everything rusts in Bim. That’s just the way it is. If you don’t use liberal doses of WD40 and keep things painted up the salt air will eat away anything. Laptop computers seem particularly vulnerable to death by corrosion, and anyone who lives on the East (Atlantic) coast either develops a healthy respect for sea air and a preventative maintenance programme or loses all kinds of fixed assets every year. I have personally seen a car run in the surf and not washed… and it lasted another year and that was it.

So the fact that the HARP space guns are rusting is not surprising, but the rate of corrosion is accelerating as the last bits of paint flake away. What a shame to lose such history!

That brings us to the tragedy: if the HARP guns were properly marketed and displayed, I bet we could attract thousands of people a year who would be interested in the story of Gerald Bull and his guns. Barbados was an integral part of this Cold War project, and we shouldn’t forget that Dr. Bull was assassinated while working for Sadam Hussein… probably by the Israelis. That is big time interesting!

But the guns are going back to nature – all for want of a bit of paint every few years and some energy to get out and market this piece of history.

Judging by the state of the supporting structures, the guns might soon be too dangerous to allow tourists near them.

We already own this potential tourist exhibit. What’s wrong with us that we haven’t preserved it and don’t market it?

Sometimes you just have to wonder!

Robert

Further Reading

Slate Magazine: Abandoned Space Gun Rusting Away in the Barbados Jungle

Atlas Obscura: Project HARP Space Gun

BFP: We Missed The Anniversary Of Gerald Bull’s Murder

Barbados Author Angela Cole Writes BFP About Gerald Bull, HARP

A Piece Of Barbados History: Dr. Jerry Bull’s Assassination, The HARP Gun, Saddam Hussain and Israeli Intelligence

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Dr. Gerald Bull assassinated 21 years ago: Was it the Israelis? Americans?

UPDATED: March 24, 2011

Thanks to an old friend, we ask Who was Jonathan Moyle and why was he murdered a few days after Gerald Bull? (photo of Jonathan Moyle above)

On the evening of March 22, 1990, Dr. Gerald Bull got out of a car in Brussels, Belgium and headed back to his apartment.

Gerald Bull got out of the elevator and walked toward his apartment.  From the shadows another shadow stepped, holding a silenced pistol.  Three shots were fired into the back of Gerald Bull and, after he fell, two more into his head for good measure.  Gerald Bull was dead.

… from the blog Today’s History Lesson: Supergun no Bull to Somebody

“Super Gun” Inventor Felled By Assassins – Were They American, Israeli or Others?

In the mid-sixties, the Government of Barbados allowed the Space Research Corporation (SRC) to use Barbados as a base for it’s High Altitude Research Project (HARP) in exchange for the installation and maintenance of an advanced Radar system at the Seawell Airport (now the Grantley Adams International Airport).

Officially, the purpose of HARP was to develop an alternative method to launching payloads into space. The scientists were exploring the possibility of using large guns to fire objects into space… instead of the conventional method of using rockets.

The large gun could be heard over most of the island… and just a few miles away, our house began to crack in the walls from the shockwaves…

(Thanks to Stephen Mendes and his excellent photo documentation of the HARP project in Barbados.)

Further BFP Reading About Gerald Bull & HARP Supergun

A Piece Of Barbados History: Dr. Jerry Bull’s Assassination, The HARP Gun, Saddam Hussain and Israeli Intelligence

Barbados Author Angela Cole Writes BFP About Gerald Bull, HARP – And The Claim That Bull’s Assassin Was Recently In Belize

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German Student Kevin Glinka asks BFP readers questions about Gerald Bull and HARP

Hello Barbados Free Press,

I am a Student of Physics from Germany and I have been interested in Gerald Bull’s Project HARP for quite some time. But I have known Barbados for quite some time before, namely when there was the film about Thor Heyerdahl’s “Ra II” boat expedition on TV, which landed, as you surely know, in Barbados. Later I read about the four British who tried to cross the Atlantic by their Balloon “Small World” in 1958 but had to ditch and sailed in their boat-shaped gondola to Barbados where they arrived in early January 1959.

When I then did some research on Barbados, I also found Gerald Bull and HARP, and also your blog and a forum where the project was discussed. I liked that you reported on the project, but I did not like some of the posts in the Comments and in the other forum I mentioned. Concerning that forum, people claimed that the 16″ gun has been moved to Antigua (whereas it is still clearly there as your pictures and this one: http://www.panoramio.com/photo/3309540) or somebody claimed a military use of the gun and another one claimed that the final shot fired an Barbadian flag to Canada. The latter thing is impossible, as the gun has no azimuth drive.

Did you experience HARP for yourself or are you, like me, too young to have it seen yourself? I would like to talk to people who experienced it, as Bull is dead since 1990 as we know, and Dr. Charles Murphy (the BRL chief) died in 2003. If I remember correctly, somebody wrote in the comments to your article, that he still got two Martlet projectiles sitting in his garden. Is there more HARP evidence on Barbados? Is the launch control center in Paragon House still existing?

Best regards and a Happy New Year,
Kevin Glinka

— Kevin Glinka

Student of Physics for a B.Sc. at the University of Osnabrueck
Project Vortex Project Leader
www.projectvortex.weebly.com

Further Reading at BFP…

May 13, 2007 – A Piece Of Barbados History: Dr. Jerry Bull’s Assassination, The HARP Gun, Saddam Hussain and Israeli Intelligence

July 21, 2007 – Barbados Author Angela Cole Writes BFP About Gerald Bull, HARP – And The Claim That Bull’s Assassin Was Recently In Belize

March 24, 2009 – We Missed The Anniversary Of Gerald Bull’s Murder – Barbados HARP Supergun Once Reached For Space From Our Island

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We Missed The Anniversary Of Gerald Bull’s Murder – Barbados HARP Supergun Once Reached For Space From Our Island

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On the evening of March 22, 1990, Dr. Gerald Bull got out of a car in Brussels, Belgium and headed back to his apartment.

Gerald Bull got out of the elevator and walked toward his apartment.  From the shadows another shadow stepped, holding a silenced pistol.  Three shots were fired into the back of Gerald Bull and, after he fell, two more into his head for good measure.  Gerald Bull was dead.

… from the blog Today’s History Lesson: Supergun no Bull to Somebody

“Super Gun” Inventor Felled By Assassins – Were They American, Israeli or Others?

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