In the late 1920s, Lester J. Hendershot built his Hendershot Generator, largely through simple trial and error. He wove together a number of flat coils of wire, and placed stainless steel rings and sticks of carbon, and experimented with permanent magnets in various positions. To his surprise, the device actually produced current. The generator raised considerable attention at the time.
Lester Hendershot's Magnetic Field Motor And Fuelless Generator
February 18, 2012
In the late 1920s, Lester J. Hendershot manufactured his Hendershot Generator, generally through straightforward experimentation. He wove together various level loops of wire, and put stainless steel rings and sticks of carbon, and explored different avenues regarding lasting magnets in different positions. To his shock, the gadget really prepared current. The generator raised respectable consideration around then.
"Fuelless Motor Impresses Experts"
New York Times (Sunday, February 26, 1928)
W.b. Hefty Says, Invention Works Uncannily *** Washington Thinks It's Important ~ Built On A Radio Principle ~ Armature Winding New — Invention Inspired By Young Son — Lindbergh Flies Here
Detroit, Mich, Feb. 25 — W.b. Hefty, leader of the Stout Air Lines and fashioner of the all-metal tri-motored Ford Monoplane, pronounced here today that he had seen what he described as a "noteworthy" showing of the Hendershot fuelless engine two weeks back in Pittsburgh.
Lester J. Hendershot, the creator, and his partner. D. Barr Peat, who is administrator of the Bettis Field at Mckeesport, exhibited the engine subtly yesterday in a shed at Selfridge Field. This piece test was seen by Major Thomas G. Lanspier, Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh and others.
It was illustrated today that the model utilized as a part of the exhibition was a much littler machine than a true working engine equipped for advancing enough power to lift and impel a plane. Its originators guarantee for it that it runs on an electromagnetic standard, by which it draws its constrain straight from the world's field, and through the lands inside the engine itself converts these electric momentums into force tha might be conveyed proficiently at a propeller shaft.
Calls Demonstration Uncanny
"The exhibit was exceptionally great", Mr. Forceful said. "It was really uncanny. I might like a whole lot to perceive how a substantial model intended to advance power enough to lift a plane might work".
Mr. Forceful said the model he saw was about the extent of the little engines utilized as a part of vacuum cleaners. "I was let that know the revolutionary characteristic was a hereto obscure way of winding the armature", ["he wove together various level loops of wire"] Mr. Heavy proceeded. "Hendershot said he had succeeded in winding it in such a route, to the point that it draws vigor straightforwardly from electrical ebbs and flows which exist continually circulating everywhere or in the ground. Such wellsprings of modest and limitless power, obviously, never have been arrived at since Tesla. The modest model seemed to work precisely as Hendershot illustrated that it did".
Not Colonel Lindbergh or Major Lanphier might communicate finally on the test they saw yesterday. Major Lanphier conceded, be that as it may, that they were exploring different avenues regarding it and alluded all inquiries to Hendershot.
"He is the special case who thoroughly understands it", the Major said. "Lindbergh has nothing to do with it, despite the fact that he saw it".
William B. Mayo, head specialist for the Ford Motor Company, was in gathering with Major Lanphier, Hendershot and Peat at Major Lanphier's quarters today.
"Innovation Result Of Dream"
Hendershot Made First Fuelless Motor For His Son's Toy Plane
The innovation of the fuelless engine, tried at Detroit, was the aftereffect of a dream by its creator, Lester Jennings Hendershot, who exists on "the road over of the railroad" in this town of in the vicinity of 3,000 occupants, 15 miles from Pittsburgh.
Despite the fact that Hendershot was en route from Selfridge Field today and is not wanted home until tomorrow, his wife recounted his origination of the machine and how the smaller than usual model was developed from the parts of an exhausted radio which had been given to the creator by his uncle.
Numerous years prior the vision of a machine which might work from "earth flows" reached Hendershot in a dream, consistent with his wife, however it was not until last November that he really began taking on it.
His 4-year old kid had fabricated a modest plane around then and was significantly chagrined since it might not work. The father was exasperates too, so he told his child he might raise a plane which might work. The consequence of that was the fuelless machine.