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The Montauk Project: Stranger Times

Stranger-Things PosterThis section was entitled so, after much research into the proposed “Montauk Project.” The following account describes an event that may or may not have actually taken place. It is the story – that has not yet become a legend – of what has become known as the “Montauk Project.”

On the following pages, we summarize and analyze the latest embodiment of the ongoing legend of the Philadelphia Experiment: the claims of the “survivors” of the Montauk Project. Hold onto your hat as we explore the treacherous quicksands and quagmires involved in this unusual tale.

Stranger Things (original title was Montauk) on Netflix is somewhat based on the Montauk Project story and a new series “Strange World” as well as a documentary on Montauk “Dark Files” is driving lots of interest here.

The Montauk Project

The Montauk Project was allegedly (and insupportably), a continuation of the Philadelphia Experiment of 1943. The experiment was conducted at Montauk AFB. In the 1950’s Montauk Air Force Station was designed to provide radar surveillance data, aircraft height determination, and Mark X IFF SIF identification data and to preform radar mapping prior to transmitting such data to Air Defense SAGE Units.

At the eastern tip of Long Island, New York, on its “south fork,” as the locals call it, stands the famous Montauk Point Lighthouse, first commissioned by George Washington in 1787. The beaches and land on which the lighthouse is located comprise Montauk Point State Park, a popular tourist attraction during the summer months.

There is another site on the same parkland, however, that is closed to the public, and that is the now-abandoned Montauk Point Air Force Station, with its imposing five-story concrete radar building topped off by an enormous “banana-peel” radar antenna, whose now-faded red and white checkered pattern still dominates the landscape to the southwest of the lighthouse.

The big building with its radar antenna is the focal point of the remains of what was once an entire small “town” run by the military: several winding roads accompanied by a “neighborhood” of multi-colored houses, maintenance buildings, an on-site electrical power station, a “PX”/commissary, a recreation center, as well as a computer center and the usual offices that any military facility would require.

AN/FPS-35 Radar Tower and Antenna

The military occupation of Montauk Point dates back to World War One when the area was occupied by the Army under the name of Camp Hero (or Fort Hero.) During WW2 the Point was equipped with huge cannon-like guns mounted on turrets, when Hitler’s forces would have posed a threat to our eastern seaboard. The remains of these gun turrets can still be seen on the premises today, as can the numerous outcroppings of land that under closer inspection reveal camouflaged concrete bunkers. The whole area, in fact, is said to have been artificially built up and allowed to be covered with overgrowth in order to conceal a network of underground bunkers connected by possible miles of tunnels; indeed, the base itself was built to look like a civilian neighborhood so that enemy aircraft would have a hard time identifying it from the air as a military base. During WW2 the entire area was closed off to civilian traffic; after the war the restrictions were relaxed, leading to the eventual establishment of the park area surrounding Montauk Lighthouse.

As for the base itself, during the 1950’s and ’60’s the facility changed hands, moving from Army to Air Force, and the big building served as the transmitting tower for the S.A.G.E. Radar system, a now-obsolete “early warning defense” chain of radars that once dotted the eastern seaboard.

Montauk Air Force Station, as it was now called, was used to provide radar surveillance data, aircraft height determination, and Mark X IFF SIF identification data and to perform radar mapping prior to transmitting of such data to Air Defence SAGE Units.

The Defender Newspaper, Mar 1981

The base officially closed down on January 31st, 1981, having been declared obsolete and defunct, and evidently lay abandoned for several years, ownership having been turned over to the General Services Administration. In 1984 the land was donated by the Federal Government to the State of New York and made a part of Montauk Point State Park. The base, then, is apparently now park property; the park, however, has posted NO TRESPASSING signs all over the area to discourage curious sightseers from either vandalizing what is left of the base or from getting hurt on the property and suing the park (The facility has deteriorated significantly over time, presenting numerous safety hazards, including the fallen railing along the edge of the roof of the five-story radar building.)

The careful reader may have noticed the gap between the official closing of the base in 1981 and its final donation to the park in 1984. What was going on there during the intervening three years?

The official answer is that the base was sitting idle for that time. There are some, however, who make the claim that there were more sinister things going on there during this time.

What connection does Montauk have with the PX?


None, aside from the claims of Preston Nichols, author of The Montauk Project and other works. Nichols teamed up with Alfred Bielek and Duncan Cameron around 1988 and have been announcing to the world that they had once been brainwashed into participating in a series of mind-control experiments involving exposure to peculiarly-modulated microwave signals from an obsolete radar at the now-defunct Montauk Point, Long Island radar base. This project, also called the “Phoenix Project,” was later said to have been extended to such fantastic achievements as time travel and manipulation of physical reality by electronic “mind-amplification.”

All of this is supposed to have sprung out of research deriving from the Philadelphia Experiment and, in fact, intimately connected to the PX through a series of “time loops” -evidently inspired by the plot of the 1984 Hollywood movie The Philadelphia Experiment.

Radar Tower at Montauk Point
Radar Tower at Montauk Point
One of two 16-inch gun batteries (now removed)

Enter The Montauk Project Story


In 1988 or thereabouts, an “underground” videotape made its debut in the strange and enigmatic world of UFOlogy and Psychotronics: Three men mesmerized a small gathering of interested listeners in a private home on Long Island’s south shore, telling a tale that interwove stories of secret government weather control technology, mood and thought alteration by electronic means, actual mind control of subjects (willing and unwilling), transmission and reception of thought (“electronic telepathy,”) and, as if that wasn’t enough, actual teleportation of physical objects and persons to and from distant locations. This was allegedly extended into the development of a working Time Machine. The video got its name, The Truth About the Philadelphia Experiment, from the claim that, not only were these stories true and actual events, but that all of them were a continuation of, or spinoffs from, the techniques used to warp spacetime in the Philadelphia Experiment of 1943!

The “star” of the show is one Preston Nichols, a forty-ish Long Island-based microwave engineer who supposedly lost his job at AIL (an electronics defense contractor) when he began “remembering” glimpses of an “alter-ego” existence which he believed he was living, in which he was being used for his technical expertise to revamp and maintain the radar at Montauk Airbase – for a series of unofficial, secret underground experiments performed by a renegade group of scientists and military men who had originally operated out of the well-known Brookhaven National Laboratory at Upton, Long Island.

Nichols claims that, through hypnosis and brainwashing, he was made to “forget” that he was living a double life – by day a ‘mild-mannered engineer’ but by night (or during the day) he was whisked out to the supposedly-derelict Montauk radar base where he participated in some of the strangest experiments one could imagine – and that the control group ousted him from the program when snatches of these memories began to come back to him during his “normal” life. As chief technician running the Montauk radar, he would have been the resident expert on what they were doing and how they were doing it, technologically speaking. The bottom line is, Preston Nichols claims to have used a modified version of the old Montauk radar, under duress, to generate an updated Philadelphia Experiment with accomplishments far exceeding those claimed by Carl Allen in the original story.

The story goes that all was well until August 12, 1983, when a “saboteur” among the experimenters precipitated a big, hairy monstrous beast (referred to by Preston as “Junior.”) from a “thoughtform”, right out of the ether. The beast allegedly ran amok all over the base, and the only way the personnel could bring the ordeal to a halt was to disconnect the power to the radar; when that didn’t work, they supposedly chopped the power cables and radar waveguides with hatchets until the electromagnetic field lost its power and the beast faded back into the “hyperspace” from which it had been created. And why didn’t the power go down when they first tried to turn it off,

necessitating the frantic hatchet-work? You guessed it: the EM field generated at Montauk had tunneled back through time to 1943, when a similar field was being generated onboard the U.S.S. Eldridge in the Philadelphia Harbour. There was a “lock-up in hyperspace,” and one experiment was feeding the other. Anyone reading this who has seen the movie The Philadelphia Experiment has probably noticed the parallel in the idea of two experiments, forty years apart, locking up in hyperspace, with the main character having to travel back to 1943 to do a hatchet-job on the equipment aboard the Eldridge in order to shut the experiment down 1983.

Al Bielek 1927 ~ 2011

Al Bielek 1927 ~ 2011

The second character in the video is a retired electrical engineer by the name of Alfred D. Bielek, probably in his late 50’s or early 60’s, another Long Islander who at this writing is living in Atlanta, Georgia. Al Bielek has a unique angle in his story, which he tells during much of the video: Al claims to have been one of the actual seamen who were below decks, in the control room, operating the generators which powered the Philadelphia Experiment, aboard the Eldridge in 1943!

He and the third character in the video, Duncan Cameron, assert that they are the two seamen after whom the characters in the Hollywood movie were modeled. The characters in the movie jumped overboard when the PX was obviously getting out of control, fell through a “hyperspace tunnel,” and landed on dry ground at a desert Air Force facility in Nevada or Utah, only to find out that they were now in the year 1984 and that the scientist responsible for the 1943 PX, a “Dr. Longstreet,” was still at it (although 40 years older) in the western desert. Longstreet “ripped another hole in hyperspace” and linked up with the two-time travelers from 1943 who never did hit the water when they jumped ship.

After an initial period of rational disbelief, Bielek has now been convinced (by the persistence of Preston Nichols and by the “trauma” of having viewed the Hollywood movie for the first time) that he and Duncan Cameron are indeed the two characters in the film, and are actually brothers besides! His real name, he has discovered, is Edward Cameron, and he was “originally” born in 1916!

Al Bielek use to travel the country, giving lectures to UFO and Paranormal Phenomena groups, claiming that he and Duncan Cameron were the two sailors who jumped off the ship in 1943. Bielek goes on to tell they actually ended up at Montauk Point rather than in the western desert when Preston Nichols’ renovated radar met up with the Eldridge’s electromagnetic field through the hyper-spatial connecting link. The “Dr. Longstreet” of the movie ends up being none other than the real-life John Von Neumann, famous mathematician and computer pioneer who was deeply involved with various classified projects during WW2 and who is said to have died in 1958 (Nichols, Bielek and Cameron dispute this, claiming that Von Neumann is still alive, living in upstate New York under a different name, as a split-personality).

All three of them have now passed away;

Alfred Bielek passed away on Monday, October 10, 2011, at 6:30 AM in Guadalajara, Mexico. Al was born on March 31, 1927, and was 84 years old at the time of his death. He was buried at a local cemetery in Guadalajara.

Preston Nichols passed away on Friday, October 5, 2018, at 4am. Preston was born on born May 24, 1946, and was 72 when he died. He had suffered a heart attack in July followed by a stroke in September.

Duncan Cameron just lost his long battle with prostate cancer and died Thursday, May 9th, 2019 and was 67 when he died.

After some research, I found that Bielek is not some “Johnny-come-lately” to the UFO/paranormal field. He has been around and active in the UFO field as far back as 1966 and earlier, offering his “professional evaluation” of the Trevor James photos.[1] Ivan T. Sanderson also refers to Mr. Bielek as a friend. In the paragraph quoted below, Sanderson is asking some “experts” to determine whether “vile vortices,” or anomalous ocean whirlpools such as are allegedly found in the Bermuda Triangle, are spaced at regular intervals around the earth’s surface.

“I first appealed to, and then assembled a number of engineers, EM specialists, and geophysicists, and presented them with our problem and what we had found out by pure research, and then gave them a set of blank globes to go to work on. I started with my very old friend, Al Bielek, an EM engineer who lives in moral chastity with a sort of harem of slide rules. I started with him because I wanted first to get the math and spherical geometry sorted out before we started the (as I then envisaged it) very arduous task of speculating upon, investigating, and ferreting out possible causes for what we already had; and it was lucky that we did so, as it turned out. All of them were also mathematicians, despite their working specialities, so that the session, which lasted a week, became interesting to say the least– to the non-mathematicians, that was.”[2]

Here is another example that shows Bielek clearly had exposure to the Philadelphia Experiment well before all his “memories” returned

In 1966, author Brad Steiger received a letter from Steve Yankee, a bright young college student from Michigan with whom he had been corresponding for several months. Yankee actually had in his possession a microfilmed copy of the (much sought after) Varo Manufacturing edition of the annotated version of The Case for the UFO by Morris K. Jessup. He had received this microfilm from a scientist-engineer by the name of Alfred Bielek. (This was also privately confirmed to Robert by Bielek himself.) Brad (Steiger) confirms that Al followed PX since 60s.” ~ Robert Goerman

The uninformed attendee of one of Bielek’s lectures might think he was just a nuts-and-bolt electronics engineer, until suddenly one day he began remembering that he was personally involved in the Philadelphia Experiment. On the contrary, his interests in the esoteric seem to go back a long way, at least to the mid-1960’s. While this in itself doesn’t make him a charlatan, it does tend to destroy the “innocence” he would have if he had had no previous interest in such things, and then to have it blow up in his face suddenly.

“I know Al Bielek. He has been to my home. I have questioned him from every angle and cannot determine whether or not he is telling the truth. He must have some inside information source because he knows about Project RAINBOW, an experiment in time travel. I do not know the results of RAINBOW but saw documents about its purpose. I am keeping an open mind on Bielek at this time.” – Bill Cooper [3]

Bielek.pdf The Philadelphia Experiment, as told by a survivor. Transcript of the January 13th, 1990, Mufon Conference Metroplex in Dallas TX. (Note: Al Bielek’s “story” is simply that a well researched fabrication)

Hear the Interview with Film maker Chris Garetano on the true story behind the Montauk conspiracy and the History Channel documentary ‘Dark Files’.

Google Earth View of Montauk

(here is a great link for every imaginable map of the area)

We have heard Alfred Bielek’s rendition of the PX several times, from conferences, lectures, and videos years apart; his story is essentially the same, although one person who attended both days of a two-day lecture says that Bielek, after having had a contradiction in his story pointed out to him, incorporated the updated material in his lecture the next day in such a way as to imply that there had never been a contradiction. In other words, he is a master story-teller with a sincere, respectable demeanor – you just want to believe him – and he will plagiarize any information that comes his way if it enhances his tale.

Duncan Cameron, also from the south shore of Long Island, is a younger man than Bielek, born June 29, 1951. He tends to be of few words on the videotape, and is rather Zen-like and

esoteric when he does have something to say (such as “Everything and nothing is possible.”) Duncan is portrayed in the video as having gone through grueling psychological and psychic training in secret military programs, fitting him as a subject for experimentation in mind control in the Montauk project.

Duncan claims that he was one of a group of people trained for “clarity of deep thought.” His thoughts were supposedly “amplified and projected into hyperspace” via the Montauk radar and a special alien-technology chair outfitted with coils that would pick up electromagnetic signals representing the thoughts of the person occupying the chair. These signals were then highly amplified and re-broadcast by the transmitter, where they generated physical manifestations in a region of space. Duncan was trained to project his thoughts in an effort to create “Time Tunnels” whose patterns were recorded on tape so that he, too, could travel through time and space.

Historical Time Line of the Base & Montauk Project


This is presently a work in progress. Items with no reference numbers are Historical Fact, Reference Numbers;

{1} Preston Nichols in videos, and issues of the “Montauk Pulse”
{2} “The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time” by Preston B. Nichols w/ Peter Moon
{3} “Montauk Revisited: Adventures In Synchronicity” by Preston B. Nichols w/Peter Moon

2014 Interview with Preston Nichols

  • Fort Hero

    Fort Hero was established in 1942 on the point just south of the lighthouse. The fort was named after Major General Andrew Hero, Jr., who was the Army’s Chief of Coast Artillery between 1926 and 1930. He died in 1942.

  • Camp Hero

    The US Army upgraded Fort Hero, and renamed it Camp Hero in 1942.

  • AN/TPS-1B Long-Range Search Radar Installed

    Air Defense Command placed an AN/TPS-1B long-range search radar at Camp Hero in June 1948 and designed the site as Montauk Point, L-10. The Montauk site fed into a primitive control center established at Roslyn AFS, New York.

  • Montauk Air Force Station

    On 1 December 1953 the site designation was changed to LP-45 and the Air Force facilities were renamed Montauk Air Force Station

  • AN/FPS-20 Installed

    In the spring of 1957 Montauk AFS received one of the first AN/FPS-20 units along with a pair of AN/FPS-6 height-finder radars.

  • Army Discontinued Ground Based Artillery

    In November 1957, the Army closed the Camp Hero portion of the military reservation as Soviet long-distance bombers could fly well above ground-based artillery.

  • AN/FPS-35 Radar Installed

    In December 1960 the large, high-power AN/FPS-35 radar became operational at Montauk. The reflector was 126 feet (38 m) long and 38 feet (12 m) tall, weighing 40 tons. The AN/FPS-35 was so powerful that it disrupted local TV and radio broadcasts, and had to be shut down several times and re-calibrated.

  • AN/FPS-26 Upgrade

    AN/FPS-26 had replaced one of the AN/FPS-6 height-finder radars.

  • The Montauk Group

    The Montauk group began programming children. Gray Aliens delivered 50 kids to Montauk. {3}

  • Preston Working For AIL-Eaton

    Preston began working for AIL-Eaton a defense contractor on Long Island. (In his book he says BJM, which is like HAL=IBM in 2001 A Space Oddesy) {1}

  • Preston Nichols Get Involved

    Preston Nichols get involved with the Montauk Project. The project was moved from Brookhaven. {2}

  • The Montauk “Chair”

    Late 1977 The Montauk “Chair” was changing thought into reality without glitches. {1}

  • Proposal To Close Base

    In 1978 the Air Force submitted a proposal to the Carter Administration to close the base, as it was largely obsolete due to the emergence of orbital satellite reconnaissance technology.

  • Mind Control

    Mind Control techniques were fully developed. {1}

  • Time Shifts

    The began to notice the time shifts. {1}

  • Delta T Antenna

    They discontinued using the main radar reflector, and used a underground Delta T antenna. {1}

  • Time Travel Fine Tuned

    1980 to 1981-Late The Time Travel functions were fine tuned. {1}

  • Project “Phoenix III”

    1981-Feb-1983 Project “Phoenix III” was launched to further exploit the time travel aspects of the equipment. {1}

  • Teleport To Mars

    1981-Late or 1982 The time travel equipment was utilized to teleport people underground the big pyramid on Mars. {1}

  • Decommissioned

    Montauk Air force Base was decommissioned in 1981 and is now owned by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as Camp Hero State Park.

  • Transmitter Ran Non-Stop

    The Transmitter was turned on and run non-stop. {1}

  • Project Rainbow

    Project Phoenix Test at Montauk, coupled with Project Rainbow on the Eldridge in Hyperspace {3,P} Duncan creates a monster that destroys some of the base. The Montauk Project ends. {1}

  • GATR System Deactivated

    A GATR (Ground Air Transmitter Receiver) facility remained in service to direct military aircraft operating within the region. This system was deactivated and removed in 1984.

[1]“Flying Saucers Have Landed”, Pg 256 – 257

[2]More Things” by Ivan T. Sanderson, Pg. 120

[3]Message from Bill Cooper’s BBS, Dated 01/17/80, 00:14, See text file “PHILAD2.ASC


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