The story of the SPACE RESEARCH CORPORATION and H.A.R.P. -------------------------------------------------------- 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. The SRC had to foot the bill for repairing or relocating homes close to the gun... but the small cracks that we had were never attended to... it was hard to prove that they occurred as a result of the gun. At least one young Barbadian, Michael Howard, a brilliant physicist attached to the project... died at age 33 from cancer, believed to have been caused by radiation from the high-power radar used to track the projectiles. Safety levels were not yet established in those days. A CIA investigation of the SRC revealed that they were involved in supplying armament and ordinance to the Apartheid regime in South Africa, contravening the U.S. embargo in effect at the time. Our government told them to leave the island. Propping up the racist white regime in South Africa by secretly using OUR airport or the one in Antigua as trans-shipment points for their illegal cargoes... they HAD to be expelled ! The wrecks of at least 2 aircraft and various artillery left behind by the SRC made this an exciting adventure for us.... I was fascinated by the remains of the electronics equipment which we found in a cave ! ADDITIONAL INFORMATION PROVIDED BY MY READERS ---------------------------------------------- A HUGE GUN was engineered by scientists at the SRC and sent to the middle east (some say, it was to be sent to Saddam Hussein.... to be used against the state of Israel). Most readers agree that the leader of SRC was a Canadian named Mr. Gerald Bull and he was killed by the Israelis... before he could be brought to "justice" in the U.S.A. A reader has told me that I have INCORRECTLY claimed that these aircraft crashed as shown.... he says the wrecks were MOVED there in 1984-85 to be used in training excercises of the Barbados Defence Force. I will add to/refine the story as information comes in..... I wish to thank all readers who write in providing additional information and corrections to anything I write. Have a wonderful day !The wrecks of various planes.
Tony, Sharon and Rakeem inspect the artillery....
The "space" gun and the various electronics consoles we found in the cave
The piece of aerospace "junk" which washed ashore at Foul Bay, St. Philip... it appears to be part of a rocket or aircraft nosecone... notice the honeycomb heat insulation between the inner and outer hull.... it has been stored by the Coast Guard in a secret cave !
Further suspicion that it actually comes from a SPACECRAFT is provided in the photos below.... notice the electromechanical release mechanism.