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U.S. Navy Confirms Previously Released UFO Videos Were of 'Unidentified Aerial Phenomena'

U.S. Navy Confirms Previously Released UFO Videos Were of 'Unidentified Aerial Phenomena'
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Some footage from U.S. Navy aircraft taken by Navy pilots between 2004 and 2015 showing some strange objects in the skies flying over the USS Nimitz has been confirmed as genuine “unidentified aerial phenomena,” according to an official Navy spokesman.


The videos were released by the New York Times in December 2017 and March 2018. According to the Times report, “The mystery crafts moved at hypersonic speeds, flying tens of thousands of feet above the Earth with no distinct wings, engines or visible signs of propulsion whatsoever.”

CBS News:

 In a statement delivered to the intelligence news website The Black Vault, Joseph Gradisher, a spokesperson for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, announced that the Navy officially considers the craft in these three videos “unidentified aerial phenomena.” That means that the eerie videos are authentic — and that the objects, which were detected in restricted military training airspaces in 2004 and 2015, were not supposed to be there. The objects still have not been successfully identified as any known type of aircraft.

Popular Mechanics posted one of the videos. It will make your skin crawl.

First, there were at least two different UFOs/UAPs involved in the Navy sightings. In a 2017 New York Times interview, retired U.S. Navy Commander David Fravor said the flying object that he observed from the cockpit of his F/A-18F Super Hornet in 2004 was “around 40 feet long and oval in shape,” and described it as similar to a Tic Tac.

Lieutenant Ryan Graves, another Super Hornet pilot, told the Times that the objects he saw in 2014 and and 2015 looked like a “sphere encasing a cube.” These sightings could be of two separate objects or a single object viewed from different perspectives.


Sherlock Holmes uttered the famous observation, “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbablemust be the truth.” Have we arrived at that point yet?

It’s not that previous eyewitnesses shouldn’t be believed or that good, honest people who report a UFO are hallucinating or otherwise seeing things. What makes these encounters so important is the fact that the eyewitnesses in this case — U.S. Navy aviators — are trained observers. Even witnesses like police and firemen can easily be mistaken by things in the night sky. About 70 percent of all UFO sightings actually turn out to be the planet Venus, so even normally reliable witnesses could very well be mistaken about what they saw.

But identifying what’s in the airspace with those planes is a matter of life and death for those pilots. Not being able to identify the aircraft must have been an unsettling experience.

It’s also significant that there were several electronic sensors that picked up the objects.

The three publicly released videos, nicknamed “FLIR1,” “Gimbal,” and “GoFast,” were all taken using the AN/ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pod. In “Gimbal,” the infrared pod clearly sees a “hot,” whistle-shaped object that pilots say is going against a 120 knot wind. Graves told the Times that the infrared sensor on his CATM-9 training missile also picked up the missile.

All in all, the objects were observed by multiple sensors per sighting: the naked eye, radar, and infrared, ruling out a sensor malfunction as the cause of the sightings. Fravor saw the objects with his own eyes, and they were also seen by the Princeton and the ATFLIR pods.


The government cannot be trusted when it comes to anything to do with UFOs. Not because they’re hiding alien spacecraft or alien technology, but rather, the ultra-high performance aircraft in the videos presents a national security threat that they have no way to counter.

What else could they be but aliens? Perhaps they’re humans from the future, or beings from another dimension. Without any evidence, all we can do is marvel at the capabilities of these aircraft and speculate as to their origin.

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