Thousands of Airline Pilots Witness UFOs
Thousands of Airline Pilots Witness UFOs
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WASHINGTON—Airline pilots see unidentified flying objects but very few report it because of ridicule.

According to the National Aviation Reporting Center on Anomalous Phenomena, (NARCAP) there have been over 3,500 documented sightings of “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena” by military, commercial, and civilian pilots. But Captain Jim Courant, a commercial pilot for over 31 years, says there are many more sightings that are just not reported. 

“It is almost astounding how many people are in the know on this subject,” he said, speaking before the Citizens Hearing on Disclosure at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on May 3. 

Courant has been researching and studying the phenomena of UFOs for years. He has collected over 3,000 books on UFOs and extraterrestrials, and hosted a television series on the issue titled “New Perspectives” which ran for three years.

He still flies for a commercial airline and because of his exposure on television has became known as an authority on UFO’s and extraterrestrial encounters.He has been contacted, and still is, by many commercial airline and military pilots who are happy to discuss their UFO’s encounters privately but do not want to talk publicly, fearing ridicule and in some cases retaliation. 

“They are afraid,” not so much about their status or their retirement benefits, but “they are more afraid for their families,” he said.

He described the experience of one pilot who was flying a 747 over the Pacific in 1980, when he came across a UFO in front of him.

“You won’t believe what we saw,” the pilot had said, according to Courant. “This thing was bigger than a 747.”

Courant said the pilot told him that when he got to his destination in Japan, he “was debriefed and told never to talk about it again.”

Courant told the hearing about his own encounter with a UFO. In 1995, he was flying near Albuquerque, New Mexico, when he and his co-pilot saw a blue green oval shape approaching from the left. “In a flash of burning white light, the object suddenly shot up at a 45 degree angle,” he told the hearing.

Four other pilots reported to the air traffic control tower that they had also seen the object. 

“One pilot said it must have been a meteor,” Courant recounted, adding, “I got on and said ‘Since when does a meteor go back up?'” 

When asked about his co-pilot’s reaction in a telephone conversation following the Disclosure hearing, Courant said, “He refused to discuss it and has never flown with me again.”

Courant said pilots have reported seeing a variety of craft that appear suddenly and move at speeds impossible with present technology. Reports include cigar-shaped craft, triangular craft, and some that are the size of an aircraft carrier or larger. 

He says airline pilots are “very serious in their profession” and not likely to make exaggerations. 

The website NARCAP, co-founded in 1999 by Dr. Richard F. Haines, a recognized specialist in UFOs and a former Chief Scientist at NASA’s Ames Research Center, has been effective at documenting sightings, but Courant says more needs to be done.

UFO sightings are only “the tip of the iceberg” in terms of what has been experienced and what is known about extraterrestrials, he said.

“There are certain things I have been privy to, but I can’t get into that here,” he told the hearing. 

Courant said it was time for the United States government to come clean with what its agencies have documented and learned through decades of extraterrestrial encounters.

Airline pilots know what they have seen, he said, and should be able to talk about it without fear of ridicule.

  • Toothy Grins

    It is strange the official government agencies and organizations do not want to admit that we are not alone. The evidence does appear to be overwhelming and substantial. Even if you call it ‘subjective only’ evidence, there is still quite a lot of it. It’s time that people understood more about these things.

    • Defiant


  • Thunder

    I think it all has to do with public choas, loss of control and fear that might accompanied with this. Slow development of conciousness, technology and acceptance might be the appropriate reason to slowly pave the way to a full understanding for us humans to accept the greater universe as a whole.

  • Joe R

    Swamp gas.

  • Ted Roe

    As Exec Director of I find this use of our materials inappriate and uninvited. There is a reason we didn’t attend this conference and whatever had been inferred by Mr. Courant or the author of this article has nothing to do with our work or our conclusions. We coined the term UAP in this country in 2000 and it does not mean UFO (which in this context means “alien spaceship”).
    Further the presentation of our work in the article is sloppy and inaccurate at best. The name of our website and our team is NARCAP, not NAPCAR… really, this is unfair to treat us this way.
    Whatever happened in UFO circles in Washington DC has nothing to do with us. We make no claims regarding alien incursions, etc… and anyone that uses our work to make that case for themselves is either deluded or a con….

  • Ufo Expert

    Pilots see things all the time, but are afraid to talk about it.

  • Nickon

    There are no aliens. There are only humans and demons.

    Demons have been seen to manifest themselves against christians engaging in spritual warfare. Therefore UFO sightings are possible but demonic.

  • Tonya-Clay Davis

    Wow, 3,500 documented sightings, all by drunk pilots, who then had the audacity to call attention to their drunkeness by claiming they saw something unexplainable. How ever did they manage to operate or land the plane being so drunk? Amazing, those crazy drunk pilots!

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