One of the former US military fighter pilots who encountered a mysterious flying object off the coast of California in 2004 has discussed the encounter in a lengthy interview, saying the unidentified object blocked all efforts to approach it or identify and track it by radar.
Commander David Fravor witnessed the Tic Tac-shaped object perform extraordinary aerial manoeuvres that no known human technology is capable of in November 2004. The former US Navy pilot said the UFO was unlike anything else he ever encountered.
Commander Fravor was dispatched to investigate the area after radar anomalies were detected. He was later joined by other pilots who were also dispatched to the area and who managed to record footage of the strange phenomena. The video was leaked in 2017 before being declassified by the Pentagon earlier this year.
Fravor recounted the perplexing encounter in a podcast interview with Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist Lex Fridman. “This is not like, ‘we saw it and it was gone’, or ‘I saw lights in the sky and it’s gone’ – we watched this thing on a crystal clear day with four trained observers.”
The ex-pilot said that every time he tried to approach the object it rapidly accelerated away from his aircraft. “I remember telling the guy in my back seat, ‘Dude, I dunno about you but I’m pretty weirded out.’”
As reported by RT, after landing, Fravor mentioned the UFO to a colleague, Chad Underwood, who successfully located the unidentified phenomenon, however when he tried to identify the object and determine its course it appeared that the object jammed the radar signal. LINK
When discussing where he believes the craft came from, the former fighter pilot said it could do things that no known human technology is capable of. “I don’t like to get into little green men but I don’t think we’ve developed it … I think you can hide things for a while. This is a giant leap in technology.”
Following changes to the official policy on UFOs in the US earlier this year, the Japanese Self-Defence Forces have received orders on how to respond to unidentified flying objects entering the country’s airspace.
The orders were distributed in writing to Japan’s Ministry of Defence and SDF personnel, NHK TV reported. Defence Minister Taro Kono personally requested that the guidelines be drawn up in April after the Pentagon officially released three videos recorded by US Navy pilots which showed flying objects conducting unusual manoeuvres.
SDF personnel have been instructed to immediately inform their superiors if they see an unidentified flying object that could pose a threat to Japanese national defence and security. They have also been directed to film the object, so that the images can be analysed to determine the nature and characteristics of the object. Footage submitted by the public will also be subjected to detailed analysis by military experts.
The Defence Minister emphasized that he doesn’t believe that there are extra-terrestrial aircraft when he first issued the order to prepare guidelines five months ago, explaining the new directives as being prompted by an increase in drone traffic and other flying objects that move unlike conventional planes. Kono claimed that no Japanese pilot had ever seen a UFO.
The Pentagon set up an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force to investigate UFO incidents earlier this year, allegedly reviving a previously dismantled unit called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program whose existence was only recently revealed to the public (and which may not have actually been disbanded at all).
Shortly thereafter, Kono met with US Defense Secretary Mark Esper in Guam, and the UFO issue surfaced as a possible topic for Japanese-American cooperation, according to Kyodo News.
The three videos officially released by the Pentagon earlier this year initially emerged in 2007 and 2017, showing flying objects seemingly defying the laws of aerodynamics. However, alternative explanations for the clips have surfaced. Several former US military employees have suggested the ‘UFOs’ were part of a top-secret weapons program, possibly a missile-defence component known as a “kinetic kill weapon” or “exoatmospheric kill vehicle.” A retired CIA officer argued the videos showed “ghost aircraft” generated by a US radar-spoofing program. LINK
In June the US Senate Intelligence Committee approved a measure that would require the government, including the Pentagon and intelligence agencies, to compile all data on unidentified aerial phenomena into a declassified report.
The provision called on the government to “standardize collection and reporting on unidentified aerial phenomenon,” or UAP – more commonly known as UFOs.
The measure would compel the government to publish a detailed compilation of UFO reports within 180 days after passage; however, the committee noted that the report may contain a classified annex. It would also require federal agencies to explain how such information is collected and shared, and to disclose whether particular UFO encounters suggest that “a potential adversary may have achieved breakthrough aerospace capabilities that could put United States… forces at risk.” LINK
Another interview conducted in July of this year with long-time UFO researcher and campaigner for greater disclosure, Steven Greer, who has compiled data from hundreds of detailed interviews with military personnel and civilian pilots, among others, concerning sightings of and encounters with unusual and apparently inexplicable flying objects, provides many insights into the shifts that have occurred in official policy on the topic in the US. LINK
As with all research on this controversial topic, the reader must make his or her own conclusions as to what the truth may be.
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