The US Navy has finally acknowledged footage purported to show UFOs hurtling through the air. And while officials said they do not know what the objects are, they are not divulging any hints either.
The objects seen in three clips of declassified military footage are “unidentified aerial phenomena,” Navy spokesperson Joe Gradisher confirmed to CNN.
The clips, released between December 2017 and March 2018 by To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences, appear to show fast-moving, oblong objects captured by advanced infrared sensors.
In footage from 2004, sensors locked on a target as it was flying before the object accelerated right out of the left side of the video frame, too quickly for the sensors to relocate it.
Two of the videos, both from 2015, contain audio from US fighter pilots attempting to make sense of what they’re seeing.
“It’s a [expletive] drone, bro,” a pilot says to his colleague in the first clip.
“My gosh! They’re all going against the wind.”
“Look at that thing, dude!”
To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science identified two traits that distinguish the flying object captured on this video from cruise missile or conventional aircraft. First, “there are no obvious wings or tails on the object.” Second, “there was no exhaust plume from the object”. Both would have been visible on imagery captured by the advanced infrared multi-sensor camera used by the military aircraft.
Gradisher said the Navy’s transparency about unidentified aerial phenomena, or UAP, is largely done to encourage trainees to report “incursions” they spot in the airfield which threaten a pilots’ safety.
“This is all about frequent incursions into our training ranges by UAPs,” he said. “Those incursions present a safety hazard to the safe flight of our aviators and the security of our operations.”
The public clips capture just a fraction of the frequent incursions Navy training ranges see, he said.
“For many years, our aviators didn’t report these incursions because of the stigma attached to previous terminology and theories about what may or may not be in those videos,” he said.
The only way to find out what the UAP is, he said, to encourage trainees to report them when they see them.
This footage was released along with an op-ed about UFO phenomena in the Washington Post penned by former deputy assistant secretary of defense for the intelligence of the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, Chris Mellon. As cited by FigtherSweep.com, Mellon wrote in his op-ed:
“The videos, along with observations by pilots and radar operators, appear to provide evidence of the existence of aircraft far superior to anything possessed by the United States or its allies. Defense Department officials who analyze the relevant intelligence confirm more than a dozen such incidents off the East Coast alone since 2015.”
Ella Kietlinska contributed to this article.