About Tom

Widely considered one of the best independent investigators reporting on the 1996 TWA 800 crash, Dr. Stalcup co-produced the critically acclaimed documentary ‘TWA Flight 800′.  Stalcup is currently President of Upward Innovations Inc., a high-tech electronics company that he founded. Upward Innovations designs and produces cellular and satellite environmental monitoring stations. Stalcup received a PhD in physics in 2000 at Florida State University, where he investigated the effects of magnetic fields on organic superconductors. At the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Stalcup and his colleagues broke world records measuring the electronic properties of molybdenum in the world’s highest constant magnetic field and at only 0.035 degrees above absolute zero.

While still a graduate student, Stalcup noticed irregularities in the U.S. government’s investigation of the crash of TWA Flight 800. He decided to conduct his own research and confirmed several inconsistencies between official statements and the evidence. Stalcup found that government reports ignored critical damage patterns and did not include an analysis of the initial high-speed debris plume that was tracked by multiple FAA radar sites and is associated with the cause of the crash. To scrutinize the government investigation and formally begin his own independent investigation, Stalcup co-founded the Flight 800 Independent Researchers Organization [FIRO] and was elected FIRO chairman in April of 1999. FIRO maintains the website Flight800.org where federal reports on the crash are closely examined and evidence-based critiques of the government’s findings are presented.

In 1999 C-Span produced a live broadcast of Stalcup’s radar analysis disproving the government’s official crash sequence. Two years later on Long Island, NY, Stalcup chaired the first public hearing that featured live testimony from some of the 670 TWA 800 eyewitnesses identified by the FBI because they were banned from all government hearings.  In 2013 his investigation into the crash which resulted from years of research, collaborations with former investigators who led and participated in the government’s original investigation, and direct access to the aircraft wreckage, was featured in the critically acclaimed documentary ‘TWA Flight 800′.  He has given numerous talks on the crash to various organizations and has appeared on national and international broadcasts, including CNN, NPR, Fox News, the Discovery Channel, the History Channel, MS-NBC, 60 Minutes Australia, BBC radio, C-span, and a various other news outlets.

Scientific Publications

 1. “Transport and Magnetic Properties of an Organic Superconductor,” T.F. Stalcup, Doctoral Dissertation, Florida State University, (2000K)

2. “Temporal Processes in Polymeric Anion-Based Organic Superconductors,” T. F. Stalcup, J.S. Brooks, and R.C. Haddon; Phys. Rev. B 60, 9309 (1999).

3. “2H NMR Studies on deuterated -(BEDT-TTF)2Cu[N(CN)2]Br,” T.F. Stalcup, P. Kuhns, J.S. Brooks, J. Russo, and W. Moulton, work in progress.

4. “Transgenic Arabidopsis Plants as Monitors of Low Gravity and Magnetic Field Effects,” T.F. Stalcup, J. Reavis, J.S. Brooks, A.L. Paul, R.J. Ferl, and M.W. Meisel; Physical Phenomena at High Magnetic Fields-III, Z. Fisk, L. Gor’kov, R. Schrieffer, , Eds., World Scientific, Singapore, p. 646 (1999)

5. “Single Crystal EPR of Mn12-Acetate Clusters,” S. Hill, J.A.A.J. Perenboom, N.S. Dalal, T. Hathaway, T.F. Stalcup, and J.S. Brooks; Phys. Rev. Lett. 80, 2453(1998).

6. “Low-field low-temperature magnetotransport studies of CeP,” T. Terashima, J.S. Qualls, T.F. Stalcup, J.S. Brooks, H. Aoki, Y. Haga, A. Uesawa, and T. Suzuki, D: Phys. Rev. B 60, 15285 (1999).

7. “Observation of DC Voltage During AC Magneto-Transport Measurements in Pure Metals Under the Static Skin Effect,” Marchenkov V.V.; Stalcup T.F.; Brooks J.S.; Startsev V.E. and Weber H.W.; Physical Phenomena at High Magnetic Fields-III, Z. Fisk, L. Gor’kov, R. Schrieffer, , Eds., World Scientific, Singapore, p. 646 (1999)

8. “Linear Magnetoresistivity in Compensated Metals at High Magnetic Fields,” Marchenkov V.V.; Stalcup T.F. and Brooks J.S., Physical Phenomena at High Magnetic Fields-III, Z. Fisk, L. Gor’kov, R. Schrieffer, , Eds., World Scientific, Singapore, p. 650 (1999)

9. “Dislocation Breakdown Phenomenon in Tungsten and Molybdenum Single Crystals at High Magnetic Fields,” Marchenkov V.V.; Gornostyrev Yu.N.; Dyakina V.P.; Krupin K.B.; Popov A.V.; Startsev V.E.; Stalcup T.F.; Brooks J.S.; Kratzwald L.; Weber H.W.; Tagirova D.M.; Levit V.I.; Deryagin A.I. and Antonova O.V., , Physical Phenomena at High Magnetic Fields-III, Z. Fisk, L. Gor’kov, R. Schrieffer, , Eds., World Scientific, Singapore, p. 651 (1999)

10. “New Opportunities in Science, Materials, and Biological Systems in the Low -Gravity (Magnetic Levitation) Environment,” J. S. Brooks, J.A. Reavis, R.A. Medwood, T.F. Stalcup, M.W. Meisel, E. Steinberg, L. Arnowitz, C.C. Stover, and J.A.A.J. Perenboom, MMM conf., Nov. 99, to be published in the Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials, in press(2000).