In one test, the ship allegedly disappeared with a green fog in its place and then reappeared with some sailors physically fused to certain parts of the ship. In a later one, it was said to have teleported 200 miles away to Norfolk, Virginia, and then returned to Philadelphia, going back 10 minutes in time.
The story eventually grew so popular that it was made into a 1984 movie, “The Philadelphia Experiment.” Six years after its release, a man named Alfred Bielek claimed he knew its portrayal of the story was true because he was a former crew member of USS Eldridge and that he’d been a part of the experiment.
However, the U.S. Navy has and continues to assert that these claims are false, stating that the USS Eldridge was on its first shakedown cruise in the Bahamas during the time period when the alleged experiment happened. Navy veterans who had actually served aboard the ship have also said they never made port in Philadelphia.
The ONR has also stated they’ve “never conducted any investigations on invisibility, either in 1943 or at any other time,” and that the ONR wasn’t even established until 1946. They added that “in view of present scientific knowledge, ONR scientists do not believe that such an experiment could be possible except in the realm of science fiction.”
The Philadelphia Experiment is widely regarded as a hoax now. You have to admit, though, it’s still a very fascinating and entertaining story to say the least.
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