While the videos are unclassified, the Navy says they were never cleared for release.
The U.S. Navy has confirmed that three online videos appearing to show encounters between US Navy aircraft and UFOs are real. The videos, which were taken by Navy pilots, show “unexplained aerial phenomena,” that were never cleared for public release.
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,” writes Christopher Mellon, a former defense official in the George W. Bush and Clinton administrations and an adviser to To the Stars Academy.
The three videos are titled “FLIR1,” “Gimbal,” and “GoFast.” They show two separate encounters between Navy aircraft and UFOs.
One clip, “FLIR1” shows a dark, pill-shaped object hovering for several seconds before scooting sideways extremely fast. The second, “GoFast” shows the observing aircraft’s sensor lock onto a fast-moving target as the pilots are heard in the background excitedly wondering what exactly they’ve stumbled across. And the third “Gimbal” shows an oblong object moving steadily before stopping and rotating as the pilots observing it exclaim in surprise.advertisement - story continues below
One video was taken in 2015 off the East Coast by a F/A-18F fighter jet using the aircraft’s onboard Raytheon AN/ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) Pod. The other clip, also recorded with a Super Hornet ATFLIR pod, was taken off the coast of California in 2004 by pilots flying from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. In the videos, air crews loudly debate what the objects are and where they came from, Popular Mechanics reported.
“The Navy designates the objects contained in these videos as unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP), Gradisher said, explaining that UAP is used instead of UFO as the “basic descriptor for the sightings/observations of unauthorized/unidentified aircraft/objects that have been observed entering/operating in the airspace of various military-controlled training ranges.”
Basically, they are saying that they don’t know what they are, but there’s no evidence they’re alien in origin. But there is no evidence they are not alien.advertisement - story continues below
“GoFast” shows the observing aircraft’s sensor lock onto a fast-moving target as the pilots are heard in the background excitedly wondering what exactly they’ve stumbled across.
“Gimbal” shows an oblong object moving steadily before stopping and rotating as the pilots observing it exclaim in surprise.advertisement - story continues below
Since the videos came to light the To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science and the New York Times got a hold of them as well as a consortium of former intelligence officers, celebrities, and scientists who are promoting the investigation of UFOs and other “scientific mysteries.” The Pentagon objected, stating earlier this year that the videos “should still be withheld” as they were “never officially released to the general public,” but at this point the videos have been widely circulated and the public is demanding answers.
Earlier this year the Navy set up guidelines for reporting “unidentified aircraft” entering US airspace, ensuring no encounter would go undocumented in response to a plethora of reports, and lawmakers have reportedly requested briefings on the issue as the Pentagon’s history of chasing UFOs under secretive programs like AATIP has become public knowledge.