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Lester J. Hendershot


Lester Hendershot was born June 3 1898, he died April 19 1961.

 Lester Hendershot built many devices in between the late 1920's and 1961 leaving behind a legacy that we hope history will never forget.

If you have information/Research data about Lester J Hendershot and his Fuel-Less Motor, to add to this collection. please email me and I will add your information to this page. We are looking for clear easy to distinguish pictures and documents.

Part 1: The Hendershot Motor

Part 2: The Hendershot Generator


Fantastic new information!!!

Thanks to Alex for sharing all this excellent information. Alex started a collection many years ago collecting News Paper Clippings and articles about Lester J. Hendershot. Thanks Alex! You're a Legend!

1968 - Arthur C. Aho - Energy Unlimited - A Case for Space.pdf
1979 - Arthur C. Aho - Tomorrow's Energy ...Need Not Be Fuel!-Txt-opt.pdf
1994 - Extraordinary Science - cut.pdf
Lester Hendershot - Newspaper


The Hendershot Motor:

Not much information is available about the Hendershot Motor. We do have some data however.

Referenced in the article: "THE SO-CALLED HENDERSHOT MOTOR by Gaston Burridge" is an article by the Utility Engines This is very good data and some data can be verified in other areas.

NOTE: In the May, 1953, issue of Fate magazine appeared an advertisement from the Utility Engines professing to have plans for sale of a so-called Hendershot motor for $2.50. Suddenly, all mail was rejected by the address of the Utility Engines! I asked Hendershot about this matter. He told me he learned of it soon after the advertisement was published. Soon after that he learned about the plans they were selling and using his name. They were doing this, Hendershot claimed, without his permission or consent. He told me that he promptly informed the postal authorities of this circumstance. They must have done something about it, for I heard nothing more about them, he said. Hendershot was quite emphatic to me regarding the plans put out by the Utility Engines not being of his device. He was so emphatic, in fact, I felt he, like the maiden, didst protest too much. Thus, the Ol hound dog's nose went to the ground! In due course it came up with the information furnished by an acquaintance of Hendershot's to the effect that Hendershot had remarked at the time, while the Utility Engines information was not his device, it was pretty damn close!


"The first model consisted of a ring magnet less than three inches in diameter. Around the magnet were coils rigged as only Hendershot knows how to rig them, and another set of coils pass through the centre of the ring."

"The second model is built around a ring magnet, the outside diameter of which is seven inches and the inside diameter six inches."

Ref: "New York Times (February 27, 1928): Fuelless Motor Is A Generator"

Note the above quotes are excerpts from the below documents.





The New York Times February 27, 1928 and The New York Times February 28

The New York Times Sat. Feb 25, 1928s 1-283, V, 77, N, 25, 599

The New York Times Sun, Feb. 26, 1928, 1-4;2-4thru7, V. 77,N.25.600


The Hendershot Generator:

Fig 1: Early Hendershot Generator

Fig 2: Lester J. Hendershot displaying his Fuel-Less Generator.

Fig 3: A later model displayed - possibly as late as 1958.

Around the 1920's Lester Hendershot, a keen aviator, was looking at trying to improve the Aviation Compass to make a more reliable Compass. He stumbled on a Energy Generator to be later named to the Hendershot Fuel-Less Generator. Some called the device the "Hendershot Magnetic Motor" or the "Hendershot Fuel-Less Motor".

Hendershot was described as a Giant and highly intuitive. Some important reading below:

The Hendershot Motor Mystery 12.3Mb

The Hendershot Mystery 32Mb

The Manual of Free Energy Devices and Systems 13.4Mb

A Story of Free Energy - by Associate Ed Skilling 2.97Mb Document Restored by

From The Archives Of Lester J. Hendershot A Special thanks to Alex for sending this document. Thanks Alex.


In my opinion this article is by far the best description of Hendershots Device in operation:


The New York Times
February 1928.

Hendershot Says Shifting its Field to East and West Causes Rotary Motion.

Winding of Magnet Secret.

Inventor Asserts Engine Weighs about 4 Ounces Per Horsepower Expected Here Today.

Special to the New York Times.

PITTSBURGH Pen. Feb. 28. Initially indignant because the manner in which his fuelless motor gains its power had been misrepresented in dispatches from Detroit and Washington, Lester J Hendershot today stated there was nothing mysterious about his motor that the force that energizes it is the "same force that pulls the needle of the compass around, and there is nothing mysterious about that". The fuelless motor was not his objective, he explained, at the time he began his experiments some three years ago, when he first became interested in aviation.
He soon learned that "the ultimate development of aviation depended largely upon the discovery or invention of an absolutely true and reliable compass," he explained, 'The ordinary magnetic compass does not point to the true north - it points to the magnetic north, and varies
from the true north to a different extent at almost every point on the earth's surface." 'There is another compass, the magnetic induction compass, that indicates the true north. But it must be set before each flight, and is not always reliable." "I found that with a pre-magnetized core, I could set up a magnetized field that would indicate the true north, but I didn't know just how to utilize that in the compass i set out to find." "In continuing my experiments, I learned that by cutting the same line of magnetic force - northand south, I had an indicator of the true north, and that by cutting the magnetic field, east and west, I could develop a rotary motion." "I now have a motor built on that principle that will rotate at a constant speed, a speed predetermined when the motor is built. It can be built for any desired speed, and a reliable constant speed motor is one of the greatest needs of aviation." The main secret of Mr. Hendershot's invention, his friend, Barr Peat declares, is, "the method of winding a magnet in the motor so that it will rotate in the opposite direction than the earth revolves." He says there is no heat, because magnetic forces are cold and the motor is stopped only by breaking the magnetic field in the windings. The magnet in the motor, he thinks probably would have to be recharged after about 2,000 hours of operation. Mr. Hendershot declares that one of his motors, complete and ready to be installed in an airplane, would weight little more than four ounces for every horsepower it developed, while the best of the gas engines now built weighs about two pounds per horsepower. Mr Hendershot says that altitude would not affect the efficient operation of his motor, for the magnetic influence of the earth has been found to remain the same as high as man has ever reached. He said the same principle which made his original model operate only when it was placed inone direction - north and south, will be developed so that it will provide a compass that will always indicate true north. Lester J. Hendershot inventor of the "fuelless motor" or self-driven generator or electrical, energy collector, nobody seems to known quite Which, is expected in New York today to dissipate some of the mystery surrounding his machine. It has aroused a good deal of skepticism among men who have dealt with electrical energy all their lives, and among physicists who do not believe that the law of the conservation of energy has been repealed. However, Major Thomas Lanphier, commander of the First Pursuit Group at Selfridge Field, Henry Breckinridge attorney for Colonel Charles A. Lindbergh, and D. Barr Peat, a friend of Mr. Hendershot, are just as confident that the inventor has stumbled on something which may be capable of development into a revolutionary power source. Whether the machine has yet arrived in the City, Major Lanphier would not say, and he said yesterday that he did not care to say anything more about the motor until Mr. Hendershot arrives. He did deny again, however, that Colonel Lindbergh had any interest in the machine aside from his examination of it while at Selfridge Field.