reply to post by NoRegretsEver
Well, I have to tell you that, sadly, Dr. Beter was most likely impressed with spinning incredible yarns (that might
have, at one time,
some kernels of truth) but his rather prolific amount of "Audio Interviews" show the type of rambling and delusions that are rather trademark of
someone gone 'round the bend, perhaps.
Other words, whilst he may have been privy to certain actual facts and conspiracy plans, it seems that he went way off the deep end into extreme
Now, there is much to cover, and this particular post (whether related or not to Dr. Beter) is at least relative to his "Audio Interview #70" that I
just read the transcript of, from the "Wisconsin Report" link to the "Audio Letters":
"Audio Letter #70"
(^ ^ ^ "Topic #2" in the above).
Specifically, his rather incredibly fantastic (and incredibly untrue) tale of a Space Shuttle flight in 1981.
Synopsis: His claim that the first test Shuttle, "Enterprise"
.... Orbital Vehicle, or "OV"-101 (Which, btw
, only got that
name after a huge influx of requests and writing campaign from Star Trek
fans -- a campaign very likely instigated by Gene Roddenbery himself,
as he was at the time "pitching" a new Star Trek
concept around Hollywood).....NASA first were to name her the "Constitution"
which also has a Star Trek
legacy, since the StarShip "Enterprise"
is of the "Constitution Class"
......but of course,
is more recognizable and iconic.......
Anyhow, back to Dr. Beter's tale -- His claims that the "first" Shuttle (Ov-101) was secretly substituted, and re-named "Columbia"
Shuttle, or OV-102) for this incredibly complex reason of a "secret" espionage mission over the USSR, since (according to Beter) was necessary since
the USA had no spy satellites, due to USSR "killer satellite" actions.
Now, it gets even crazier (which can be read by yourself)...The original Shuttle, designed only for landing glide tests....had the "normal" internal
assemblies and subsystems needed to further check it out when mated to the :launch stack"...but of course, was never launched. He claims that the
cargo bay contained "fuel tanks", amongst many other terribly inaccurate assertions. All of these machinations are used to make the absolutely
stunningly WRONG assertion that the shuttle (OV-101 only) could, because of the "fuel tanks" in the cargo bay, actually go sub-orbital after being
carried by the 747 that was used for the glide tests!! None of these claims have the least bit of credibility.
The first actual Shuttle flight, STS-1, was in April 1981.....and it was the Columbia
The second mission, STS-2, in November 1981, is the one that Dr. Beter claims was a "deception". Further, he claims that that
publicly called "Columbia"
was the "Enterprise"
, and launched 'unmanned'!! If I follow his ramblings properly....it was "shot
down" by the USSR using particle beam weapons mounted onTu-144s!!
The Tu-144 was a commercial SST, very similar in design to the Concorde!! NOT a "military weapons platform".
Reading further into the history of the Tu-144, it is possible at the time (1981) that Dr. Beter assumed
some of the potential "military"
uses might have been put into place (even though there seems no sign of a "particle beam weapon"). Here is the story, again at Wiki:
Tu-144 Proposed military versions (?)
Perhaps this part:
.....Later this project evolved into an aircraft for electronic countermeasures (ECM) to suppress enemy radars and facilitate bomber's
penetration through enemy air defenses (Tu-144PP). In the early 1980s this functionality was supplanted with theatre and strategic reconnaissance
The dimmer civil prospects for Tu-144 were becoming, the more Tupolev tried to "sell" the aircraft to the military. ....The military were
unreceptive to Tupolev's approaches.
Oh, and back to the "Enterprise"
(the real one, OV-101):
Orbital Vehicles - Enterprise (OV-101)
For the time-frame of November 1981??:
The Enterprise was then returned overland to the Dryden Flight Research Facility on Sept. 6, 1981.
During May and June of 1983, Enterprise was ferried to the Paris, France, Air Show -- Germany, Italy, England and Canada, and was returned to the
Dryden Flight Research Facility.