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The Warship That Vanished Into Thin Air -
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The Warship That Vanished Into Thin Air

Sound mysterious? Just another example of a covert operation that the White House would never talk about, giving Joe Public another reason to suspect the motives of those in power. According to the history books, Project Rainbow involved an experiment conducted both in the Philadelphia Naval Yard and at sea, on a small destroyer escort ship during World War II.


The military wanted to make ships invisible to enemy detection, whether just to enemy radar or more profoundly so still isn't clear. In any event, it is thought that they set out to achieve this by generating an incredibly intense magnetic field around the ship. This field which would cause refraction ? the bending of light or radar waves, similar to the mirages you see because of heated air rising from roads on a hot day.

The experiment worked beautifully, it was claimed... except that the ship actually disappeared physically for a time, and then returned. They wanted (in true Star Trek fashion) to "cloak" the ship from view, but what they got was perhaps even beyond the dreams of any science fiction fan, or it would have been if it had worked properly. Had the ship been through a wormhole?
Apparently it was thought that Albert Einstein's "Unified Field Theory for Gravitation and Electricity" might be used to help develop a system of electronic camouflage for ships at sea. Einstein is thought to have published it around 1925-27 in German, in a Prussian scientific journal, but it was later withdrawn as incomplete

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