The Pentagon, headquarters of the United States’ Department of Defence has recently released three declassified “UFO” videos that were previously leaked as early as 2007.
Videos released depict encounters between U.S Navy Pilots and unidentified aerial phenomena, or more commonly referred to as “Unidentified Flying Objects – UFO”. These encounters occurred in 2004 and 2015, but the leaked videos did not publicly surface until 2017.
According to the Pentagon, these videos were released to “clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real”. They are not confirming the existence of aliens or extraterrestrials however.
Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough said on Monday that the “aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as ‘unidentified’.”
“After a thorough 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 investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena,” said Sue Gough.
What’s in the videos?
A clip titled “FLIR”, the oldest video of the three was filmed by two Navy Fighter Pilots showing their encounter with a round object mysteriously hovering above the water, approximately 160 km (or 100 miles) out in the Pacific Ocean.
The FLIR clip also briefly shows the oval object rapidly accelerating as the Navy pilot switches between the fighter jet’s infrared system.
Although the quality of the video is low, it is hard not to see the strange oval disk-like object floating above the ocean.
The video was originally recorded in 2004 and was seen off the coast of San Diego, California according to The Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTSA).
There are numerous speculations regarding what the object could be, with many people believing it could be an alien spacecraft. The pilots who filmed the encounters suggested that the object could be a drone.
In the clip from January 2015 titled Gimbal, as seen above, an oddly bean-shaped flying object was seen flying through the clouds before it started to slowly rotate.
One of the Navy Pilots who filmed the UFO described it as a “drone” in a radio message to another nearby pilot.
Near the end of the clip, the Navy Pilot was heard saying there could be more “drones” in a fleet as the UFO accelerate.
The pilots were astonished at the UFO and pointed out that the object is flying at high speeds against the wind.
“The wind’s 120 knots out of the west,” said the pilot. “Look at that thing, dude!”
The object then was seen tilting 90 degrees before the video ended.
In the final clip titled “Go Fast”, as seen below, a small white speck was tracked by Navy fighter pilots flying low over the ocean.
The unidentified object was seen moving at an extremely high speed over the water as the fighter pilot tried to lock onto the object with infrared sensors.
According to the Pentagon has indicated “GO FAST” was also recorded in January of 2015.
What do these videos mean for UFO’s and Aliens?
Although people have looked up to the sky and tried to explain these mysterious flying objects for centuries, the fascination with unexplainable phenomena such as Aliens and UFOs never goes away.
There are numerous conspiracy theories describing uncertainty about worlds beyond our own and cover-up stories of governments around the world, but at the end of the day these theories are just speculation.
Although the released video by the Pentagon will reignite conspiracy theories and talks of visits of aliens by UFO enthusiasts, the U. S’s Department of Defence is firmly saying it does not admit that aliens or extraterrestrials exist.
It is important to note that what the military labels as “unidentified” is not necessarily extraterrestrial.
Things that the military classified as “unidentified” means that it is something in the sky that military officials cannot explain.
It has been said that both civil and military pilots see unidentified aircraft all the time and perhaps these videos could just be something that they cannot identify for the time being.
Usually, upon further investigation and closer inspection, these unidentified objects turn out to be something mundane such as an atmospheric illusion, an undisclosed military drill, a satellite, or evidence of a tired pilot’s brain playing tricks on them.
For the time being it is still unclear what exactly is in the videos released by the Pentagon, leaving the explanation of what the object could be up to the imagination of the viewers.
Although the U.S Navy prefers to call these sightings as “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena”, this new phrase is not going to replace the familiar acronym we all know as “UFO”. The same acronym that prompts us to think outside the box and wonder, “Are we really alone in the Universe?”
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