10 Fun Facts About Nikola Tesla

Later in life Tesla made claims concerning a “teleforce” weapon, after studying the Van de Graaff generator. The press variably referred to it as a “peace ray” or “death ray”. Tesla described the weapon as capable of being used against ground-based infantry or for anti-aircraft purposes. Tesla gave the following description concerning the “particle gun”‘s operation:

“[The nozzle would] send concentrated beams of particles through the free air, of such tremendous energy that they will bring down a fleet of 10,000 enemy airplanes at a distance of 200 miles from a defending nation’s border and will cause armies to drop dead in their tracks”