The Philadelphia Experiment
During the last couple of days I have been doing some research about the Philadelphia Experiment. As you may have gathered from some of my previous blogs I have an interest in subjects like cryptozoology, UFOs, lake monsters and various other forms of unexplained phenomena. There are several good sources of information on the Philadelphia Experiment. I checked out a History Channel program called The True Story of the Philadelphia Experiment. I also looked up the Wikipedia article on The Philadelphia Experiment and watched the movie of the same name made in 1984. The 1984 version of The Philadelphia Experiment is now acclaimed as a cult classic. Having watched this video I can see why.
The Philadelphia Experiment refers to an alleged incident or incidents that were claimed to have taken place sometime around October 28, 1943. The alleged experiments were attempts to make a US Navy Destroyer,USS Eldridge invisible. According to some reports the ship was not only made invisible to radar, it also achieved total invisibility by totally vanishing from sight for a period of time. After the ship returned to sight it was alleged that its crew suffered severe after effects that ranged from nausea and mental illness to men said to be fused right into the ship’s bulkheads.
Like the Roswell Incident of 1947 the Philadelphia Experiment was said to be covered up by the US government. As I greatly enjoy writing about science fiction themes in my plays and novels, this storyline is too good to pass up and will likely appear in some fictionalized form in some of my future writings.