Philadelphia Experiment – Military project that went haywire

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300px-De173EldridgeUSS Eldridge

This mystery was baybe the first ones, that I investigated in 2001 or 2002. It is a fascineting story about Nikola Tesla’s forbidden technology, military project gone wrong and time travel. Or actually it was accidental time travel, because this case was about invisibility project that went wrong and caused time travel. This case includes another project called Montauk project, but I like to handle these in different cases, because the topic is so complicated already.

Firstly I introduce the story from Wikipedia cause it’s no use that I invent this story again. So here is the brief summary about Philadelphia experiment:

The experiment was allegedly based on an aspect of the unified field theory, a term coined by Albert Einstein.The Unified Field Theory aims to describe mathematically and physically the interrelated nature of the forces that comprise electromagnetic radiation and gravity, in other words uniting the fields of electromagnetism and gravity into one field. Consequently, if light was bent, then space-time would be bent, effectively creating an invisible time machine. To date, no single theory is known to have successfully expressed these relationships in viable mathematical or physical terms.

According to the accounts, unspecifed ‘researchers’ thought that some version of this Unified Field Theory would enable a person to use large electrical generators to bend light around an object so that the object became completely invisible. The Navy would have regarded this as being of obvious military value, and by the accounts, it sponsored the experiment.

Another unattributed version of the story 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 antigravity, allegedly led by SSObergruppenführerHans Kammler.

There are no reliable, attributable accounts but in most accounts of the experiment, the destroyer escort USS Eldridge was fitted with the required equipment at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. Testing began in the summer of 1943, and it was supposedly successful to a limited degree. One test, on July 22, 1943, resulted in the Eldridge being rendered almost completely invisible, with some witnessesreporting a “greenish fog” appearing in its place. Crew members supposedly complained of severe nausea afterwards. Also, it is saidthat when the ship reappeared, some sailors were embedded in the metal structures of the ship, including one sailor who ended up on a deck level below that where he began, and had his hand embedded in the steel hull of the ship, as well as some sailors who went “completely bananas”.At that point, it is saidthat the experiment was altered at the request of the Navy, with the new objective being solely to render the Eldridge invisible to radar. None of these allegations has been independently substantiated.

The conjecture then alleges that the equipment was not properly re-calibrated, but in spite of this, the experiment was repeated on October 28, 1943. This time, the Eldridge not only became invisible, but she physically vanished from the area in a flash of blue light and teleported to Norfolk, Virginia, over 200 miles (320 km) away. It is claimed that the Eldridge sat for some time in full view of men aboard the ship SS Andrew Furuseth, whereupon the Eldridge vanished from their sight, and then reappeared in Philadelphia at the site it had originally occupied. It was also said that the warship went approximately 10 seconds back in time.

Many versions of the tale include descriptions of serious side effects for the crew.Some crew members were said to have been physically fused to bulkheads, while others suffered from mental disorders, and still others supposedly simply vanished.It is also claimed that the ship’s crew may have been subjected to brainwashing, in order to maintain the secrecy of the experiment.


Nikola Tesla’s involvement in the Philadelphia experiment:


So there is the story and in my point of view the most interesting thing about this is of course the time travel part. There are always people involved and also in Philadelphia experiment. The first person who is worth of mention is Morris K. Jessup. Here is his part of the story:

On January 13, 1955, Jessup received a letter from a man who identified himself as one “Carlos Allende.” In the letter, Allende informed Jessup of the “Philadelphia Experiment,” alluding to two poorly sourced contemporary newspaper articles as proof. Allende directly responded to Jessup’s call for research on the “Unified Field Theory,” which he referred to as “UFT.” According to Allende, Einstein had solved the theory, but had suppressed it, since mankind was not ready for it—a confession that the scientist allegedly shared with the mathematician and philosopher Bertrand Russell. Allende also said that he had witnessed the Eldridge appear and disappear while serving aboard the SS Andrew Furuseth, a nearby merchant ship. Allende named other crew members with whom he served aboard the Andrew Furuseth, and claimed to know the fate of some of the crew members of the Eldridge after the experiment, including one whom he witnessed disappearing during a chaotic fight in a bar. Although Allende claimed to have observed the experiment while on the Andrew Furuseth, he provided no substantiation of his other claims linking the experiment with the Unified Field Theory, no evidence of Einstein’s alleged resolution of the theory, and no proof of Einstein’s alleged private confession to Russell.

Jessup replied to Allende by a postcard, asking for further evidence and corroboration. The reply arrived months later, with the correspondent identifying himself as “Carl M. Allen.” Allen said that he could not provide the details for which Jessup was asking, but he implied that he might be able to recall some by means of hypnosis. Suspecting that Allende/Allen might be, or was, an impostor, Jessup discontinued the correspondence.

Jessup attempted to make a living writing on the topic, but his follow-up book did not sell well. His publisher rejected several other manuscripts. In 1958, his wife left him, and his friends described him as being depressed and somewhat unstable when he traveled to New York. After returning to Florida, he was involved in a serious car accident and was slow to recover, which added to his depression. He was found dead on April 20, 1959, and the death was ruled a suicide.


There is another book from the writers William Moore (Author) and  Charles Berlitz (Author) called “The Philadelphia Experiment: Project Invisibility” I have read the book and you can find it for example in Amazon.

There is also a movie about this case and you can watch this whole movie in YouTube:

In 1984, the story was adapted into a time travel film called The Philadelphia Experiment directed by Stewart Raffill. Though only loosely based on the prior accounts of the “Experiment,” it served to dramatize the core elements of the original story. In 1990, Alfred Bielek,a self-proclaimed former crew-member of the USS Eldridge and an alleged witness of the “Experiment,” supported the version as it was portrayed in the film. He added details of his claims through the Internet, some of which were picked up by mainstream outlets.



Heavily involved in this case is a person mentioned above, Alfred or Al Bielek. Here is his website:

>> Alfred Bielek –

This is just a snippet of this story and if you want a full picture of the case, you have to read the books, watch the movie and read or listen the testimonies of the people involved. I think, that something based on the Nikola Tesla’s technology happened and some of the story has been colored Hollywood style, but as far as I know this story hasn’t been debunked and let’s face it, the evidence is overwhelming.

There is also The Montauks project, which is tangled with this case and is going under my scope next.

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