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When I was a young man, I sometimes wanted to be invisible. If only I could walk among people and observe them without them knowing. My curiosity was so intense that seeing people acting without them knowing my presence was important. My goal was to see who they truly are. As a result, no matter how hard I tried, I could never achieve this level of anonymity. However, it turns out the U.S. Navy had the same idea and seemingly achieved this.   

The Philadelphia Experiment remains one of the most intriguing and controversial events in the annals of paranormal history. Allegedly conducted by the United States Navy during World War II, the experiment involved an attempt to render a warship invisible to enemy radar by harnessing electromagnetic fields (see my story on Tesla). However, the supposed consequences of this covert operation go far beyond the realms of conventional science, delving into the realms of time travel, parallel dimensions, and advanced technology. This article will explore the origin, alleged events, theories, and impact of the Philadelphia Experiment.

The story of the Philadelphia Experiment first emerged in the late 1950s when a series of anonymous letters were sent to writer Morris K. Jessup, claiming insider knowledge of the incident. 

According to the messages, the USS Eldridge, a naval destroyer escort, was chosen for the experiment, which was said to have taken place in October 1943 at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard.

Anchors Away

The anonymous package arrived at the U.S. Office of Naval Research (ONR). It was addressed to Jessup and contained a copy of his book The Case for the UFO: Unidentified Flying Objects, filled with someone's 

handwritten notes in its margins, detailing a debate among three individuals. They discussed ideas about propulsion for flying saucers and alien races. Above all, they expressed consideration that Jessup's theories of UFO propulsion were very close to the new technology employed on the USS Eldridge. 

Pen Men Ship

Meanwhile, Jessup noticed the handwriting of the annotations resembled a series of letters he received from Carl M. Allen (a merchant marine on the SS Andrew Furuseth), who also signed some of his letters "Carlos Miguel Allende." In the notes to Jessup, Allen put forward a story of the dangerous science based on unpublished theories by Albert Einstein, which had been put into practice at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in October 1943.

Per Allen, the experiment aimed to generate a powerful electromagnetic field around the USS Eldridge, rendering it invisible to radar and visual observation. Purportedly, researchers utilized a highly secretive technology based on the unified field theory proposed by Albert Einstein. The consequences, however, exceeded their expectations.

According to Allen, some version of the unified field would enable using sizeable electrical generators to bend light around an object via refraction so that the object became completely invisible. The Navy regarded this as of military value and sponsored the experiment.


Morris K. Jessup Diagram of UFO Fiction and Mythology

Look over Here

Another version of the report proposes that researchers were preparing magnetic and gravitational measurements of the seafloor to detect anomalies, supposedly based on Einstein's attempts to understand gravity. In this version, there were also related secret experiments in Nazi Germany to find anti-gravity, allegedly led by SS-Obergruppenführer Hans Kammler.

So, there are no dedicated, attributable accounts other than the story of Jessup and Allen. Still, in most versions of the experiment, USS Eldridge was fitted with the required equipment at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. Testing began in the summer of 1943 and was successful to a limited extent. One test resulted in Eldridge being rendered nearly invisible, with some witnesses reporting a "greenish fog" appearing in its place. 

According to eyewitness accounts, the ship became completely invisible and dematerialized, while others claimed it merely disappeared from radar and reappeared in a different location. Even more astonishingly, some accounts suggested that the experiment had unintended side effects, including crew members who were fused with the ship's hull or suffered severe physical disorders.


Consequently, Some crew members were said to have suffered from mental disorders, some re-materialized inside out, and others vanished. Moreover, the ship's crew was reportedly brainwashed to maintain the experiment's secrecy.

While the Philadelphia Experiment has captivated the imagination of many, skeptics and researchers have extensively debunked the claims. No official records or credible eyewitness testimonies have been presented to substantiate the alleged events. 

Interestingly, one of the most prominent debunkers was the U.S. Navy itself, which declared that no such experiment had ever occurred and that the USS Eldridge was not even present in Philadelphia during the reported period. Furthermore, critics argue that the unified field theory was not a legitimate concept in theoretical physics, and had yet to advance to the point of practical application during World War II (read about other advanced tech during this period).


Despite the lack of concrete evidence, the Philadelphia Experiment has spurred numerous speculative theories:

  • Time Travel: Some theorists suggest that the experiment inadvertently opened a wormhole, enabling the USS Eldridge to travel through time.
  • Parallel Dimensions: Another hypothesis posits that the electromagnetic field caused the ship to momentarily shift into a parallel dimension, explaining its disappearance and reappearance.
  • Government Plot: Conspiracy theories abound, suggesting that the government covered up the experiment due to its success or failure.
  • Psychological Warfare: Some believe that the rumors surrounding the Philadelphia Experiment spread as part of a psychological warfare campaign against the Axis powers.
  • Impact on Pop Culture

The Philadelphia Experiment has permeated popular culture, inspiring books, documentaries, movies, and television shows. Films like "The Philadelphia Experiment" (1984) and "The Philadelphia Experiment" (2012) depict fictionalized accounts of the events, further perpetuating the legend.

New Tech!?

In summation, the Philadelphia Experiment remains a captivating enigma, blurring the lines between history, science fiction, and conspiracy theory. While no tangible evidence supports the extraordinary claims, the tale continues to enthrall and intrigue generations of enthusiasts. Whether fact or fiction, the story of the USS Eldridge and its alleged brush with time and space will likely persist in the realm of mystery for years to come.

World War II continues to provide a lot of technical innovation, both proven and speculative. In other words, the 1940s was a jumping-off point for new concepts and technologies like nuclear and metaphysics. I leave it to you to comb through the existing data and create your hypothesis. Until then, enjoy the ride!


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