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Anonymous asked in Arts & HumanitiesHistory · 1 decade ago

Philidelphia Experiment?

Do you have any good websites or research books, movies, papers on this topic. I never heard anything about it until I caught 1 min of it on the history channel and really want to know more. Do you think we really made a ship disapear? What happened to all the people on board? Or is this merely fiction?

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    The Philadelphia Experiment was a real experiment designed to camouflage US Navy ships. It was a disaster, with many sailors on board a destroyer losing losing their lives. What it was supposed to do, was to camouflage the hull creating a "mirage" effect, so that enemy ships or planes would not be able to pinpoint a target. However, the ship's hull became superheated, and melted, causing sailors to become literally trapped between the decks, as the decks melted beneath them. For more info, go to I cannot vouch for the reliability of the data you will find there, but it may be a good starting point for you. Best of luck.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    At a Star Trek Convenstion back in 1981about the time of the release of the book "the Philadelphia Experiment." I remember there was a lecture by a Science Fiction writer I have forgotten his name. During the war he was assigned to the Philadelphia Navy Yard as a RADAR technician and he claimed it was all nonsense.

  • psyop6
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    The Philadelphia Experiment was alleged to be a secret experiment conducted by the U.S. Navy at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on or before October 28 1943, in which the U.S. naval destroyer USS Eldridge was rendered invisible to human observers for a brief period of time. It is also refered to as Project Rainbow.

    Every member of the ship’s crew at that time deny the story as a hoax, except for Al Bielek, whose testimony as a first-hand witness to the experiment was eventually debunked. Nevertheless, the story has caused a significant ripple effect throughout conspiracy theory circles, and elements of the Philadelphia Experiment are featured in many other conspiracy tales.

    See link below for more info...

  • 1 decade ago

    The story is a tall tail. It was made into a movie (called the Philadelphia Experiment) in 1984 staring Michael Pare. Made pretty good science fiction, with decent specil effects for the time.

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  • 1 decade ago

    I read the book and believe it is real. It's a good-read!

    The follow up books are really mind-blowing too, "The Montauk Project", (written by one who was on the ship)... it's a 3 or 4 book set. You can find them on or Really makes you think!!

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