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This week we dive into one of the most persistent legends of secret U.S. military experimentation – the famed Philadelphia Experiment.

In the fall of 1943 – so the story goes – highly classified government tech made the destroyer escort USS Eldridge completely invisible – and, as an unexpected side effect, displaced it in time and space and left it sitting 200 miles away in Norfolk, Virginia for several minutes before snapping back into place. In the aftermath, sailors were said to have strange, lingering side effects or to have gone completely mad.

Despite the apparent leap forward in technology and the wide-ranging, public side effects – the story stayed under wraps until the mid-50s, when one witness started getting his story out there through, shall we say, non-traditional channels. From Carl Allen to Alfred Bielek, we introduce you to the men who say they were there, in Philadelphia and in Norfolk, on the Day of the Blue Flash.


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