The Philadelphia Experiment is a naval military experiment alleged to have been carried out at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA sometime around October 28, 1943. It is alleged that the U.S. Navy destroyer escort USS Eldridge was to be rendered invisible (or "cloaked") to enemy devices. The experiment is also referred to as Project Rainbow.
The story is widely regarded as a hoax. The U.S. Navy maintains that no such experiment was ever conducted, and details of the story contradict well-established facts about the Eldridge itself, as well as the known laws of physics. However, the story has captured imaginations of people in conspiracy theory circles, and these repeat elements of the Philadelphia Experiment in other government conspiracy theories.
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... figures prominently in the events of the Philadelphia Experiment, which is now widely regarded as a hoax ... Navy experiments into rendering ships invisible, Eldridge vanished from its berth in Philadelphia and was accidentally teleported to Norfolk, Virginia and back again on on 28 October 1943 ... Navy, no evidence has been uncovered supporting that such an experiment occurred and details of the story contradict facts about the Eldridge ...
... The experiment has been the subject of several television shows dealing with the paranormal and with conspiracy theories, including The Unexplained, History's Mysteries, Vanishings!, Unsolved Mysteries ... References to the experiment can be found in many other works, including an episode of The X-Files titled "Død Kalm", Sanctuary, The Triangle, the Doctor Who audio drama The Macros, the collaborative science-fiction ... The "Experiment" is also referenced again in the fourth Doctor WhoThe Adventure Games release, "Shadows of the Vashta Nerada" ...
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