WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A footage showing the military tracking an unidentified flying object was recently declassified and was shared with the public.
- The footage reportedly recorded in 2015 from a US Navy F/A-18, shows a UFO flying very rapidly somewhere “off the East Coast of the United States.”
- The Department of Defense has released the video in the hope that it will spark more debate about UFOs.
The footage was captured “on a Raytheon ATFLIR pod, a targeting pod mounted underneath a US Navy F/A-18 jet that’s equipped with a camera with a laser rangefinder and a laser-spot tracker.”
The jet was flying about 25,000 feet at a speed of Mach 0.62. The camera made three attempts to lock on to an unidentified object flying at high speed but failed the first two times.
On its third attempt, the camera was able to get a lock. The pilots can be heard speaking with excitement and amazement at what they are witnessing.
Here’s the audio heard from the video.
“Whoa! Got it!”
“What the f— is that thing?!”
“Wow! What is that, man? Look at that flying!”
The declassified video was published by The Times. Commander David Fravor, one of the pilots, told ABC that the flying object they captured on camera was “not from this world.”
“After 18 years of flying, I’ve seen pretty much about everything that I can see in that realm, and this was nothing close,” Fravor said.
The video was uploaded to the internet by To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTSA), a private scientific research group with a purpose of “helping push science, technology, and ultimately humanity forward.”
The recent footage is the third known declassified video the Department of Defense has released.
Footages of declassified UFO flights recorded by the US military were published by The New York Times in December. The Times also reported that the Department of Defense had a program that used to investigate the incidents. The program was discontinued in 2012.
“The DoD takes seriously all threats and potential threats to our people, our assets, and our mission and takes action whenever credible information is developed,” a spokesperson from the DoD said.
TTSA adviser Chris Mellon, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence for the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, wrote an article in The Washington Post on Friday calling for more UFO investigation.
“We have no idea what’s behind these weird incidents because we’re not investigating,” Mellon wrote.