By Marwa Eltagouri, (c) 2018, The Washington Post
For the third time in three months, a declassified Defense Department video shows U.S. Navy F-18 fighters seemingly encountering UFOs.
“Oh my gosh, dude,” said one pilot in the video of their F/A-18 Super Hornet military jet’s 2015 encounter with the unusual object along the East Coast. The oval aircraft zipped with befuddling speed.
“Wow! What is that, man?” said another. “Look at that flying!”
The 35-second video, released by the privately owned media and scientific research company To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science, is the latest to suggest the existence of hovering egg-shaped vessels since the Pentagon in December publicly acknowledged a program dedicated to the study of unidentified flying objects. While the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ran from 2007 to 2012, those familiar with it say efforts are still made to further learn about these objects.
News of the mystery program and the first two declassified videos of the strange objects introduced the possibility of extraterrestrial aircraft for the first time since the Air Force’s Project Blue Book, records cataloguing more than 12,000 UFO sightings between 1947 and 1969, when the program was shut down. The program was unable to find “any technological developments or principles beyond the range of present-day scientific knowledge,” and “no evidence indicating that sightings categorized as ‘unidentified’ are extraterrestrial vehicles,” according to the Air Force.
The release of the videos was quietly arranged by intelligence officer Luis Elizondo, who headed the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program and left the Defense Department late last year. He told The Washington Post’s Joby Warrick in December that the raw footage from encounters between fighter jets and “anomalous aerial vehicles,” which is what the military calls UFOs, could help educate pilots and advance aviation safety.
But Elizondo also wanted to raise attention to …read more
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