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NERD TV looking for Angela Cole and information on Gerald Bull – Project HARP


Dear Barbados Free Press

I’m writing from Nerd TV, a UK television production company based in London. We make documentaries and factual series for major US and UK networks.

I am doing some research into a documentary on Gerald Bull, a Canadian missile scientist, who did work in Barbados, running Project HARP, a missile research facility. I came across on your website an article about Angela Cole, a prominent writer from Barbados, who knew Gerald Bull  and was wondering if you might be able to tell me how I can get in touch with her? I would really like to talk to her about Project HARP. Moreover, if you knew of anyone else who might know something about the project and Gerald Bull, then I would be really grateful if you might be able to give me a steer as to how to get in touch with them.

Many thanks and best wishes,


Theo Chester
Development Researcher
NERD | www.nerdtv.co.uk
T: + 44 (0)207 043 0080


Filed under Barbados, History

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


Filed under Aviation, Barbados, History, Military

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

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


Filed under Aviation, Barbados, History, Military