The Philadelphia Experiment: The US Navy’s secret invisibility research program?



What kind of technologies do the governments and militaries of the world possess? What highly classified project have the public been blissfully unaware of? Anti-gravity? Death rays? Cloaking devices? Telekinetics? Telekinesis? Alien contact?

Well, we’ll leave all those questions to the conspiracy theorists and sci-fi aficionados among us. But there is one, very interesting story that, despite the facts and testimonies presented against it, has a hold on people’s imagination It is the story of when the U.S. destroyer escort USS Eldridge supposedly disappeared: The Philadelphia Experiment.

Depending on who you ask, all of this is a deluded hoax or the U.S. Navy either found a way to bend light around an entire ship or managed to teleport it to Norfolk Virginia and back. The alleged incidents took place in the mid to late 1943 in the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

Supposedly, there were eyewitnesses aboard the SS Andrew Furuseth in Norfolk who saw the Eldridge suddenly appear for a few moments, and then vanish again. Allegedly, there were witnesses who claimed two sailors (supposedly crewmen who had been onboard the Eldridge at the time of the experiment) miraculously disappeared into thin air during a bar fight in Philadelphia.

USS_Eldridge_DE-173_(1944)The USS Eldridge

Books and movies have been produced pouring over the events of the Philadelphia Experiment with varying claims to fact or fiction and even a History Channel special dedicated to explaining the events, and the layers of questionable sources involved in explaining the story and where it came from.

Many skeptics point to experiments conducted by the Navy at the time, which were attempting to reduce the magnetic field of their ships and thus avoid attracting and triggering torpedoes and mines in a process called ‘degaussing.’ Hence, the “invisibility” and bending the electromagnetic fields claims. This research was conducted at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Also in the realm of electromagnetic phenomena, the USS Timmerman hosted experiments with a high-frequency generator that produced corona discharges.

Skeptic or believer, however, both point to the same genesis of the story growing in popularity: the mysterious encounters had by the astronomer, theorist, and researcher Morris K Jessup 1955-57.

After the release of his book, The Case for the UFO in 1955, Jessup began receiving letters from a man named Carlos Allende. There were multiple return address, all which lead to dead-ends like an abandoned farmhouse.

1952 New Jersey UFO sighting

In the letters, Allende talks about references in Jessup’s book to Unified Field Theory and how it must be investigated more. Allende claimed that Einstein had actually completed this theory, relating gravity and electromagnetic forces and that the Navy was using it.

Allende also claimed that he was aboard the Andrew Furuseth and witnessed the shocking appearance and disappearance of the Eldridge. Also, one letter stated that Allende was present at the Philadelphia bar and watched a sailor disappear.

Allende also provided details of the strange happenings, even horrors of what befell the crew of the Eldridge. One can now find stories of crew members reappearing with the ship, but fused into parts of it, totally atomically merged. Another tale is of crew members becoming “stuck” in time, unable to move unless a comrade reached out and physically touched them, returning them to mobility. Yet more crew members supposedly went insane.

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