Also known as Project Rainbow.
An experiment allegedly performed upon a small destroyer escort ship (USS Eldridge) during World War II (June of 1943), both in the Philadelphia Naval Yard and at sea.
Supposedly the goal of the Philadelphia Experiment was to make that ship invisible to enemy detection, with accounts varying as to whether the original idea was to achieve invisibility to enemy radar or actual optical invisibility.
It is commonly believed that the experiment involved the generation of an incredibly intense magnetic field surrounding the ship, causing refraction or bending of light and/or radar waves around it, much like a mirage created by heated air over a road on a summer day.
Legend goes that the experiment was a complete success... except that the ship actually disappeared physically for a time, and then returned. Their objective was to "cloak" the ship from view, but instead they achieved de-materialization and teleportation. Also part of the story claims that some of the USS Eldridge's crewmembers disappeared never to be seen again, and others got sick or mentally unstable in consequence of the experiment.
Was the Philadelphia Experiment a true event? It seems that there is a lot of speculation, alleged witnesses, claims of cover-ups and the usual folklore involving conspiracy theories. Actual proof, none.
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Source: Mysteries of Mind, Space & Time: The Unexplained, H. S. Stuttman Inc. Publishers.
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