Pentagon confirms 3 videos showing ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’

Washington – The Pentagon officially released on Monday three unrated videos taken by Navy pilots who aired for years showing interactions with “unidentified aerial phenomena”.

One of the videos shows a 2004 incident, and the other two were recorded in January 2015, according to Defense Department spokeswoman Sue Gough. The videos became public after unauthorized leaks in 2007 and 2017, and the Navy previously checked their authenticity.

“After careful review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigation of military incursions into airspace by Unidentified Aerial Phenomena. “, said Gough.

The 2004 incident happened about 100 miles out in the Pacific, according to The New York Times, who first reported on the video in 2017. Two fighter pilots on a routine training mission were sent to investigate unidentified aircraft that a Navy cruiser had been tracking for weeks.

Navy pilots found an oblong object about 40 feet long hovering about 50 feet above the water, and it began a rapid ascent as the pilots approached before quickly flying away . “It accelerated like I’ve never seen before,” one of the pilots told The Times.

An unidentified object seen in footage captured by the Navy in 2004.

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The pilots left the area to meet at a rendezvous point about 60 miles away. While still about 40 miles away, the ship radioed and said the object was at the rendezvous point, having covered the distance “in less than a minute,” the pilot told the Times.

The other two incident videos in 2015 include footage of objects moving rapidly through the air. In one, an object is seen running across the sky and begins to spin through the air.

Images released by the Department of Defense show a rotating object in the air in January 2015.

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“Dude, that’s a fucking drone bro,” a pilot exclaims in the video. Another person says “there’s a whole fleet of them”.

“They’re all going against the wind. The wind’s 120 knots west. Look at that thing, man!” says the first person. “It turns !”

In the other video from 2015, an object is shown from above speeding over the ocean, prompting the pilot to enthusiastically remark, “What the fuck?”

Images released by the Department of Defense show an object speeding over the ocean in January 2015.

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Five Navy pilots who spotted the objects in 2015 told the Times in 2017 that they had a series of interactions with unidentified aircraft during training missions in 2014 and 2015 along the East Coast from Virginia to Florida. The episodes prompted the Navy to clarify how pilots should report experiences with “unidentified aerial phenomena,” which had been studied under a Pentagon program from 2007 to 2012.

Gough, the Pentagon spokeswoman, said the department is officially releasing the videos to answer questions about their veracity.

“The DOD is releasing the videos in order to dispel any public misconceptions about whether or not the images that circulated were real, or whether or not there is more to the videos,” Gough said. “Aerial phenomena seen in the videos remain labeled as ‘unidentified’.”

David Martin contributed reporting.

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