The Philadelphia experiment is an alleged United States Navy experiment (Project Rainbow) done on October 28, 1943. According to legend, the destroyer
USS Eldridge was made invisible, dematerialized, and teleported from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Norfolk, Virginia, and back again to the
Philadelphia Naval Yard. The experiment allegedly had such terrible side effects, such as making sailors invisible and causing them to go mad, that
the Navy quit exploring this exciting new technology.
The experiment was allegedly done by Dr. Franklin Reno as an application of Einstein's unified field theory. The experiment supposedly demonstrated a
successful connection between gravity and electromagnetism: electromagnetic space-time warping.
The Navy denies that it ever did such a test. The denial is taken as proof by the conspiratorially minded that the experiment must have really
occurred. The less gullible ask, Where did this story come from?
The facts are that the Navy does all kinds of experiments, many of them secret. Many of these experiments attempt to find military applications for
the latest discoveries or theories in physics, such as Einstein's unified field theory. It seems to be a fact that the Navy was experimenting with
"invisibility" in 1943, but not with making ships disappear. Edward Dudgeon, who says he was there on the U.S.S. Engstrom, claims that they hoped
to make our ships "invisible to magnetic torpedoes by de-Gaussing them." Dudgeon described the procedure: to UFO investigator Jaques Vallee:
They sent the crew ashore and they wrapped the vessel in big cables, then they sent high voltages through these cables to scramble the ship's
magnetic signature. This operation involved contract workers, and of course there were also merchant ships around, so civilian sailors could well have
heard Navy personnel saying something like, "they're going to make us invisible," meaning undetectable by magnetic torpedoes....
The Engstrom and the Eldridge were harbored together and, according to Dudgeon, crew members from both ships had parties together on shore and
"there was never any mention of anything unusual." Though they did witness some spectacular electric storms, he says.
The Navy denies the test and yet still to this day tries to make sure that the experiment Never did exist.
Notes on the Philadelphia Experiment
The Philadelphia Experiment, otherwise known as Project Rainbow, has been a subject of long controversy and debate. It was an attempt by the Navy to
create a ship that could not be detected by magnetic mines and-or radar.
There was also talk of invisibility projects and mind control experiments. The truth behind this project will never be known to the public. It is just
one those triggers that we encounter that propels into awareness as who we are on a soul level.
However, results of these experiments became far different and much more dangerous than the Navy ever expected. Although the story itself seems too
bizarre to be true, far too many coincidences have occurred for it to not be based upon some small iota of truth. The technical data that has also
been presented upon the subject hold far too much credence to be ignored. Many of the stories associated with this infamous experiment are wild:
whispers of men 'freezing' in time for months, rumors of men traveling through time, and horror stories of men becoming stuck in bulkheads or even
the floor of the ship itself. (In the movie of the same name - the visual of the men being part above the deck - and part buried in the deck - is
amazing. This sort of things has been done on 'X-Files' as well when they did a storyline about temporal anomalies.
In the 1930's Nikola Tesla got involved with a group with was experimenting with moving through the Time/Space continuum. In the early 1930's, the
University of Chicago investigated the possibility of invisibility through the use of electricity.
In 1939 this project was moved to Princeton's Institute of Advanced Studies - this is not far from Philadelphia. There they were able to make small
objects invisible. They presented this technology to the government. The military, because we were at war wanted to pursue it in their direction.
Tesla had come to the same conclusion that Einstein did that this technology if developed would not be used for the benefit of mankind.
In 1943 the government conducted a test using domestic animals on a ship. The ship that was eventually used for the experiment, the USS Eldridge, was
commissioned at the New York Navy Yard on August 27,1943 (Department of the Navy). The animals were placed in metal cages on the USS Eldridge. The
ship became invisible but when it materialized many of the animals were missing on had radiation and other burn marks on them. Humans were not to be
Yet on August 12, 1943 the USS Eldridge with a full crew aboard reportedly underwent the Philadelphia Experiment. The men did not know what was to
happen. The generators were fired up. The switches were thrown. The ship disappeared and all seemed well.
However, others claim that the experiment took place on October 28, 1943. Substantial evidence points to the October date as being more accurate. The
Navy has released the Eldridge's deck log and war diary and at no time was the Eldridge in Philadelphia. However, the records could have easily been
The Eldridge's war diary reads as such: The Eldridge remained in New York and the Long Island Sound until September 16, when it left for Bermuda.
From September 18 to October 15, it underwent training and sea trials. On October 18, it left in a convoy for New York and remained there until
November 1. From November 1 to the 2, it went on a convoy to Norfolk and on November 3 left in a convoy for Casablanca. The Eldridge arrived in
Casablanca on November 22 and stayed there until November 29, when it left for New York again in another convoy. The Eldridge arrived in New York on
From December 17 to December 31, it traveled to Norfolk with four other ships (Department of the Navy). Although this is not the entire war log, it is
the log of the ship during the suspected time the experiment took place (October 28, as mentioned above).
It would seem that the Navy never did experiments on the Eldridge at any time, but the government has been known to cover up because of national
security before. An example of such a situation would be the Manhattan project. This secret project was the building of the atomic bomb and no word
was ever said about it until it was obvious that we had an atomic bomb.
The Navy, in a search for a plausible answer, has suggested that perhaps the Philadelphia Experiment was confused with experiments done attempting
invisibility to magnetic mines. This was a process known as degaussing.
But the ship was gone from the harbor for about 4 hours, not just a few minutes. Legend has it that the ship was transported through space and time.
It arced through Space/Time.
Four hours later it returned to its original place. There was a greenish haze on deck. Some of the sailors were on fire. Some seemed insane. All were
sick. Some had heart attacks. Some were dead. Some were part of the super structure of the ship, buried in the deck or walls of the ship. Some reports
said that men just seemed to disappear and were never seen again.
But where had the ship gone for 4 hours? Some witnesses placed it in Norfolk Harbor. Others say it voyaged 40 years into the future and wound up at
Montauk, New York.
The Navy denied everything and said the men were lost at sea. Perhaps one day the truth will be known.
The Montauk Experiment purported links several of these sailors to Montauk, New York with a time loop to 1983.
The Navy performed another experiment on the USS Timmerman's generating plant in the 1950's. The experiment tried to obtain 1,000 Hz instead of the
standard 400 Hz from the generator (Department of the Navy). It resulted in light discharges. These light discharges may have been witnessed by Carlos
Miguel Allende and caused him to start writing letters to prominent men in the scientific community. The Navy believes that Allende mistook the
experiment on the Timmerman for the Philadelphia Experiment.
Carlos Miguel Allende, also known as Carl Allen, was an odd man. He was born on May 31, 1925 in a small town outside of Pennsylvania. On July 14,
1942, Allende joined the Marine Corps and was discharged on May 21, 1943 (Taken from the book titled The Philadelphia Experiment, pg 99). He then
joined the Merchant Marine and was assigned to the SS Andrew Furuseth. It was upon this ship that he claimed to see the Eldridge in action.
Allende's story was bizarre; he stated that he had witnessed the Eldridge being transported instantaneously to Norfolk from Philadelphia and back
again in a matter of minutes. Upon researching the matter further, he learned of extremely odd occurrences associated with the project and wrote a
basic summation of his newly learned knowledge in a letter to Dr. Morris K. Jessup. Dr. Jessup was an astronomer and Allende had been in the audience
of one of Dr. Jessup's lectures. Apparently having some respect for the man, he decided to entrust Dr. Jessup with his knowledge. The letters were
written oddly: with capitalization, punctuation, and underlines located in various places.
The letters were also written in several colors. In his letters, Allende revealed horrifying details of the Philadelphia Experiment to Dr. Jessup.
Because Dr. Jessup was something of a believer in odd phenomenon he did not entirely dismiss the ideas presented to him. He wrote back to Allende and
requested new information. The return address upon the letter never existed according to the mail service, yet Allende still received Dr. Jessup's
reply. Allende responded with more detailed letters but the correspondence eventually discontinued because Dr. Jessup dismissed it as a hoax.
During the time of Dr. Jessup's and Allende's correspondence, Dr. Jessup had just recently published his book titled The Case for UFO's. After
Allende had written to Dr. Jessup, this book was sent to the Navy and had hand-written notes inside the book. The notes were in the same writing as in
the letters sent to Dr. Jessup and eventually Dr. Jessup was asked by the Navy to view the notes.
Dr. Jessup recognized the writing immediately, but he was somewhat astonished, as he had concluded earlier that it was merely a hoax to trick him. The
notes in the book were more detailed than in the letters and were highly insightful, so Dr. Jessup eventually believed them and researched the matter.
Unfortunately, Dr. Jessup could not find any new leads. Only one tantalizing clue had shown up.
Two crewmen had been walking in a park when a haggard looking man approached them. The man told them a fantastic story about an experiment done in
which most of the crew died or suffered terrible side effects. He said that the government then claimed the entire crew was insane so that when they
came forward, they would merely be dismissed as a group of crazy people who had merely concocted some fantastic story. After the conversation, one
crew member was convinced while the other was not. Eventually, the member that had been convinced contacted Dr. Jessup and told him the story.
Although this was a substantial lead, Dr. Jessup was not getting very far and he found that his reputation in the scientific community was worsening.
Faced with overwhelming odds, Dr. Jessup eventually committed suicide on April 20, 1959, believing "another existence of universe being better than
this miserable world." (The Philadelphia Experiment, 79). Some believe that his suicide was actually an assassination by government agencies to keep
the experiment quiet.
Unfortunately for Dr. Jessup, a major clue in the puzzle turned up shortly after his death. This clue was a man by the name of Alfred D. Bielek.
Bielek's story is even more bizarre than Allende's. He claims that he was transported in time to the future and that here in the future he was
brainwashed by the Navy. This brainwashing led him to believe that his name was Alfred Bielek, rather than his true name, Edward Cameron. Upon
discovering his true identity, he tracked down his brother who had also participated in the experiment. Bielek claims that his brother time traveled
to 1983 and lost his 'time-lock'. As a result, his brother aged one year every hour and eventually died. Bielek then claims that his brother was
reborn. Needless to say, only a small group of people believe Bielek and nearly everyone thinks that his stories are based on some truth, but he's
exaggerating the truth for personal reasons. This popular opinion seems to be reinforced when Bielek starts remembering things only after having seen
the movie "The Philadelphia Experiment". Bielek has a Ph.D. in Physics, so he does have some technical experience. He is also a retired electrical
engineer with thirty years of experience. Because of his obvious intelligence and skill, he cannot be discounted entirely. Bielek stated that the
technology used in the Philadelphia Experiment was given to us by aliens. However, the germanium transistor, which was what Bielek said had been used,
was invented by Thomas Henry Moray.
Bielek also stated that Dr. Albert Einstein, Dr. John von Neumann, and Dr. Nikola Tesla were involved in the project. Some controversy has arisen as
to the participation of Tesla because he died in New York city on January 7, 1943, which was only a two month period of time after the project took
place. Einstein, on the other hand, suggested such a project as this to the Navy on several occasions. Because of this, he was probably involved in
the project. As for von Neumann, there is no evidence to refute or promote his active participation in the matter. There is evidence that supports the
fact that he later continued on the experiment at a different time.
The principle that lay behind the Philadelphia Experiment was the Unified Field Theory. This theory states that gravity and magnetism are connected,
just as mass and energy are connected through the formula E=mc2. Einstein never solved the Unified Field Theory, but the very nature of the
Philadelphia Experiment suggests otherwise. It is probably that this theory has become a government secret because it is capable of doing many things,
possibly even space travel without the assistance of rockets.
In a search for actual technical data on the experiment, not much information can be found that isn't tainted with doubt and speculation. The basic
design has two large Tesla coils (electromagnets) placed on each hull of the ship. The coils are turned on in a special sequence and their magnetic
force is so powerful that they warp gravity itself. Bielek also says that on August 12 every twenty years, the magnetic field of the Earth reaches a
peak and allows the synchronization between the Tesla coils. The oscillator which Bielek claims to have run the coils in a special pattern looks more
like an Army field kitchen refrigeration unit than anything else. Many believe that's exactly what it is and Bielek's story is just a hoax. Bielek
gave it a technical name however: the "Zero Time Reference Generator". The oscillators would synchronize with the adjustable phase angle and created
a scaler type wave (Anderson). Several scientists today have attacked Bielek's testimony on this, as they believe a vector wave would have been more
efficient and probable. Bielek also does not make clear if the power used is AC or DC, pulsed or rotating, and what the Microwave and Radar
frequencies are. In other words, Bielek provides almost no accurate technical information that can be used.
Rick Anderson however, may be able to shed some light upon the subject. He states that four RF transmitters were phased to produce a rotating field.
This field was pulsed at a 10% duty cycle. Instead of two coils, he says that four coils would have been set upon the deck of the ship and would be
run by two generators that were pulsed in a counter-clockwise motion. Anderson states that the Tesla coils use a total of 7,500 feet, or 1.42 miles of
#16 magnet wire. Because of this enormous quantity, no one has privately undertaken the experiment; the wire would be too expensive and also must to
be wound in a special way (Anderson). Other scientists believe that Nuclear Magnetic Resonance and the science of the Philadelphia Experiment are
Nuclear Magnetic Resonance is also known as Magnetic Resonance Imaging, or MRI. Yet another scientist named Alexander S. Fraser believes that everyone
is wrong about the electromagnetic qualities of the experiment. He believes that it was never done with electromagnetism, but with thermal fields.
This thermal field could have caused the optical mirage effect which several witnesses reported. Fraser says that Allende had spoken of a 'scorch'
field, fire, and optical wavering, all of which are products of a thermal field. As for the part about the Eldridge disappearing in front of their
very eyes, certain weather conditions have been known in the ocean to cause islands to disappear as well. These weather conditions were taking place
the day of the experiment. Yet another scientist believes that sonic and ultrasonic waves were used.
The sonic waves could have been used to create an 'air blanket' around the ship, which is consistent with reports. There were many experiments done
in the 1940's with high power ultrasonic waves, which indicates a high probability of the Philadelphia Experiment being one of them. Strong sonic
fields are known for having bad side effects upon humans, which is also consistent with reports. The green haze which was presumably around the ship
was caused by "exciting the surrounding sea water with powerful ultrasonics - 'sonoluminescense' and related phenomena." (Anderson) The ultrasonic
field would have caused the crew to pass out and make the journey from Philadelphia to Norfolk seem to last only a couple minutes. Needless to say,
the technicalities of the Philadelphia Experiment are a matter of hot debate among scientists and no one seems to be able to provide any solid
evidence. As Rick Anderson aptly puts it: "An electronics person knows that, without a DETAILED, comprehensive THEORY behind bench set-up, he is not
going to know how to set up voltages and currents, power levels, frequencies, wave forms, pulse widths or duty cycles. If there's a chance a circuit
won't work, Murphy's Law dictates that it WON'T more often than not."
If the technicalities of the experiment are vague and a matter of controversy, the results of the experiment are just as foggy. One fact which
everyone seem to agree on is that a field was extended many yards, up to perhaps one hundred, outside of the ship and into the water (Anonymous).
Everything inside of this sphere was vague in form and the only visible shape was the hull of the Eldridge in the water. This field seemed to have a
greenish color and was misty. Another fact everyone agrees was that the Eldridge did not function properly after the experiment and became a source of
The last item everyone believes is that terrible side effects were manifested upon the crew members. However, when one delves deeper into that
particular subject, no one agrees on what the specific details are. Some witnesses, Allende and Bielek in particular, state that matter itself was
changed and that men were able to walk through physical objects. When the field was shut off, some crew members were found stuck in bulkheads, others
in the floor. Some were found with the railings of the ship stuck through their bodies. It was a horrendous sight. The sailors supposedly went crazy
after this and raided a bar.
They told the bar maid their story and completely terrified her. According to Allende, a newspaper article was written upon the raid, but no specific
date was named, so the article cannot be found. Most crew members went insane, but a few retained their sanity, only to be thrust into worse
situations. One man sat down to dinner with his wife and child, but then got up from the table, walked through the wall, and was never seen again. Two
others simply disappeared into thin air and were also never seen again. Another crew member vanished in the middle of a fight, much to his opponent's
astonishment. All three incidents had several witnesses.
Yet the worse side effects were when men got 'stuck'. Getting stuck consisted of becoming invisible and being unable to move, speak, or interact
with other people for a period of time. This was told of by Allende in his letters to Dr. Jessup. Getting stuck by the crew members was known as
"Hell Incorporated". (The Philadelphia Experiment, 42). It was also known as the Freeze. A common freeze would last minutes to hours and was
damaging psychologically, but did not cause madness. A man would only come out of the Freeze if other crew members laid their hands upon him to give
him strength. Unfortunately, in one instance of the "Laying of Hands," two men who attempted to lay hands upon the man burst into flames and burned
for eighteen days (The Philadelphia Experiment, 44). The fires could not be stopped, despite multiple attempts to quench the flames. Needless to say,
the Laying of Hands was discontinued from that point on. Then, men started going into the Deep Freeze, when a man would be frozen for several days to
During this time, the man is completely aware of others and their actions but was unable to communicate to them or interact with them. Men in the Deep
Freeze can only be seen by other crew members. It only takes two days for a man to go completely crazy in the Deep Freeze. The first deep freeze took
six months and five million dollars worth of research and equipment to correct (The Philadelphia Experiment, 43).
The man who was stuck for six went completely insane by the time he got out. Carlos Allende wrote: "Usually a A Deep Freeze Man goes Mad, Stark
raving, Gibbering, Running MAD, if His freeze is far More than a Day in our time." (The Philadelphia Experiment, 42) Rick Anderson uncovered research
that states this disappearance or freezing of people is the Zeeman Effect. "Zeemanising - the Zeeman Effect is defined as spreading out of the
spectral lines of atoms under the influence of a strong magnetic field." (Anderson) The few remaining sailors have a high PSI factor which is
intensified by fear or hypnosis. Unfortunately, they have all been discharged from the Navy as mentally unfit.
The Philadelphia Experiment has become a saga of strange occurrences and peculiar coincidences. It should be noted that Allende firmly believes the
Navy was completely unaware of the side effects the Philadelphia Experiment would produce on the crew members. Allende is also quoted as saying: "I
believe that further experiments would naturally have produced controlled transport of great tonnages at ultra-fast speeds to a desired point the
instant it is desired. "(Allende). A full report of the Experiment was given to Congress and the members were so horrified that they disbanded the
project immediately. However, research continued at the Montauk Project, a.k.a. the Phoenix Project, which was headed by Dr. John von Neumann, who
also directed the Philadelphia Experiment. The Montauk Project centered mostly on how the mind reacts to interdimensional travel. It took place at the
Brookhaven National Laboratories. Von Neumann attempted to link computers with minds and was apparently successful beyond his wildest dreams. Using
this computer-human link, Von Neumann could affect others minds and was eventually able to open a time vortex back to 1943 to the Philadelphia
Experiment. He even made claims that the mind could created matter at any point in time. He also claimed to have sent a man named Preston B. Nichols
through two times lines, a fact which was actually confirmed by Duncan Cameron in 1985 (Montauk). Cameron was trained by the National Security Agency,
so his testimony is valid. Many people believe that the Montauk Project is continuing to this day, although much of the information available about it
is only rumor.
This entire scenario is filled with questions that will never be answered as the people involved have their own version on the events.
My soul is linked to WW II Germany - an escape from an underground lab after stealing papers with mathematical formulas about time travel - fleeing by
ship to Philadelphia and working with others in a lab - hiding the papers in a canister in Philadelphia - then dying in the lab when it blew up.
The Eldridge Today - Some reports say that the ship was dismantled. Others report say ot was taken to Greece and renamed the Leon. A man named George
N. Pantoulas maintains that the was given as military aid from US to Greece sometime between the late 40's and early 50's where it served in the
Greek navy until 1990 and is sea worthy today. It is purported located in the Suda Bay Naval Station in Crete. George says he has visited the ship. He
has seen strange wires that go nowhere. He says that men who serve on the ship feel strange energies and have strange illusions.
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