In July 1943, the destroyer U.S.S. Eldridge
pulled into the Delaware Bay area for a United States Naval experiment
that involved the task of making the ship invisible. The project's official
name is Project Rainbow, but was nicknamed and more commonly known as the
Philadelphia Experiment. Much has been written and speculated about the legendary
experiment into invisibilty, but sorting fact from fiction is a near impossible
task, especially with the recent influx of misinformation and deliberate
disinformation that has been spread by those connected to the U.S. Intelligence
community and professional skeptics. There is much controversy over what
exactly happened, but one thing is for sure. For some reason, soon after
the test was completed, a massive blanket of secrecy and denial was placed
over what happened in Delaware Bay. It is thought that a huge scientific
breakthrough was made, and the ship was accurately transported over space
and time, disappearing in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and reappearing in Norfolk,
Virginia. Whatever did happen is still not known, but different theories
are discussed below:
The "Official" Navy Record
The Navy admits that the U.S.S. Eldridge took
part in an experiment that involved wrapping wire around the hull of the
destroyer in an attempt to cancel out the magnetic fields of the metal on
the ship. This is known as degaussing. This would render the ship "invisible"
to underwater magnetic mines that rely on proximity sensors to trigger the
detonation. These sensors operate by detecting magnetic fields around ships.
Without the magnetic field, the ship would be able to pass through regions
mined with these sensors, invisible to enemy mines, but not to radar or vision.
The Navy's report is very plausible, and doesn't mention any exotic results
or circumstances. But could this just be a believable account to drop the
interest by the general public, leaving only the true minority of investigators
Some scientists have developed the theory that
the Navy was working on a way to make the ship invisible to vision. However,
it didn't involve warping space time or any complex task of a similar nature.
This theory suggests that the Eldridge was equipped with high frequency generators
that would heat up the surrounding air to cause a mirage, making the vessel
This phenomenon is naturally occurring, and there
have been cases where entire islands have disappeared from view in the right
weather conditions. The high frequency generator would heat up the surrounding
air and the water (creating a green-colored fog that was said to have engulfed
the ship), causing a mirage to form, concealing the ship from view.
The generator would also account for the sickness
(physical and mental) of the crew after the experiment. A high freqency generator
can cause serious harm to a person's wellbeing, especially at close range.
This is more plausible than the degaussing theory, and would also explain
the crew's sick condition as a result of the test.
The main problem with these theories though, is
that it doesn't explain how the U.S.S. Eldridge was seen in Norfolk, Virginia
by the civilian crew of the SS Andrew Furuseth, when the ship disappeared
from view in Philadelphia in a space of only about fifteen minutes. There
are also details such as crewmen being fused to the hull of the ship and
some not even reappearing.
Transported across space and time?
The most interesting theory about the Philadelphia
Experiment is that the destroyer did in fact disappear and was teleported
across space and time. Supposedly, there was a great number of ingenious
scientists (including Tesla and Einstein) that were taking part in the experiment.
However, Nikola Tesla
was supposed to dead at the time of the Naval experiment.
The theory is that light has to be bent around
the ship to make it invisible. To accomplish this, the Navy wrapped the ship's
circumference in wire and passed a measured current through it. This caused
a huge oscillating magnet to form a magnetic field around the ship, not only
bending the light, but space and time as well. The physics of the experiment
are reminiscent of Einstein's Unified Field Theory that once you bend light,
you are also unwittingly bending space and time as well.
The first time this experiment was undertaken,
the ship didn't completely disappear, and an imprint of the hull could be
seen sitting in the water. The second time, the ship totally disappeared
in a green fog and was sighted in Norfolk, Virginia. A haunting fact is that
when the ship reappeared, the crew were all in a state of disorientation.
Some were mentally ill, while other crewmen didn't even return. There were
also crewmen that returned embedded in the hull. Later accounts arose about
the crewmen, including a former crew member who was involved in a bar fight,
and all the participants froze in time, as reported by a local newspaper!
There were also accounts of people who were on the ship, spontaneously combusting.
The mystery remains
It is still not known what happened that day in
1943, mainly due to the lack of witnesses coming forth who served aboard the
Eldridge. There is also no documentation available to the public which details
Project Rainbow. It may have simply been a degaussing experiment. But how
did the destroyer appear seconds later in Virginia? Its possible the answer
will never be known, but the mystery may be solved when scientists rediscover
what happened in Delaware Bay.