Also see Tyler Rogoway’s articles on this - I’ve linked the latest one, which I’m sure hyperlinks the earlier stuff.
I‘m going with
I suspect the story is just one professional charlatan who has embedded himself in the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division, plus one or a few supervisors he’s managed to fool.
I have a professionally low opinion of USPTO examination as a rule, but fair play to the examiner in this case for insisting that inventions have to be (a) properly described and (b) scientifically plausible.
I work in federal government, and it’s so much this.
“We would be colonizing Andromeda right now if Hypatia wasn’t burned at the stake, and started the CHRISTIAN Dark Ages.”
Oh yes, keep going, I’m almost there.