If you’ve landed on this post then you have more than likely heard of, or watched, the 1984 movie known as ‘The Philadelphia Experiment’.
The question, though, is whether the incidents depicted in the film really did occur or not?
‘The movie does actually give a fairly good representation of the real Philadelphia Experiment based upon what has been recorded.
The Philadelphia experiment acquired it’s popular name because it occurred at the Philadelphia shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Conducted by the US navy on the 28th of October 1943, the incident has since been highly suppressed.
The film, and popular opinion, suggests that a destroyer escort, the USS Eldridge, became invisible to human observers for a brief period of time.
Officially, this classified experiment is known as ‘Project Rainbow’.
To this day, the official line is that nothing out of the ordinary occurred during the experiment.
PHILADELPHIA EXPERIMENT BELIEVED TO BE A HOAX
With the navy denying that an experiment to render a ship invisible took place, many believe that Project Rainbow is nothing more than a hoax.
The story is widely (but unjustly) regarded as a hoax.
Of course that may, or may not, mean a thing as there have, perhaps, been government cover-ups many times in the past.
THE HOAX HAS BEEN SURPRISINGLY WELL DOCUMENTED
The Philadelphia Experiment, if true, was undertaken by one Dr Franklin Reno.
Based upon Albert Einstein’s Unified Field Theory (UFT), it was to offer military benefits if successful.
Einstein’s UFT theory, which he later regretted sharing publicly, attempted to describe the interrelated nature of the forces that comprise electromagnetic radiation and gravity.
From a military point of view, it was thought that this theory might be used to bend light around an object, effectively rendering it invisible.
Requiring huge amounts of energy and specialised equipment, the navy had the funds to sponsor the cost…
THE USS ELDRIDGE
The USS Eldridge was, it is claimed, outfitted with the required equipment at the naval yards in Philadelphia.
Tests then commenced in 1943.
Those who believe that the experiment took place claim that it was a partial success, with the ship being rendered partially invisible, replaced by a greenish fog.
However, it is believed that crewmen soon began complaining of severe nausea shortly afterwards, prompting the navy into modifying the experiment in order to achieve the simpler objective of invisibility to radar instead.
The story of the Philadelphia Experiment continues by suggesting that the experiment was performed again, despite the fact that the equipment was not properly calibrated.
On this occasion, the vessel not only became almost entirely invisible to the naked eye, but actually vanished from the area in a flash of blue light too.
A naval base at Norfolk, Virginia reported spotting the Eldridge offshore briefly, at which time the vessel then vanished from sight, reappearing at it’s previous location in Philadelphia.
This has led some to believe that the ship actually teleported.
WHERE IS CREWMAN JACOB L MURRAY?
Nausea wasn’t the only illness experienced by crew members.
Some also suffered from mental illness as a result of their experience with behaviour consistent with schizophrenia being described in other accounts.
Such illnesses have later proven to be useful when their accounts have been dismissed by officials.
One crewman, Jacob L. Murray, who was aboard the Eldridge, still remains unaccounted for.
Officials immediately cancelled the experiment and all of the surviving crew involved were discharged.
WHAT REALLY HAPPENED?
What do you think really happened in October 1943?
Did the USS Eldridge really disappear, or teleport?
Are the government covering the experiment up and, if so, why?
Or is the Philadelphia Experiment just a hoax and a good movie?