You may have heard but it turns out Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) are real. We have reached a mainstreaming of UAP phenomena9 with videos leaking of the United States Navy tracking these unknown objects and these leaks becoming verified by the Department of Defense as real videos. Here at the AFK Tavern this topic fits with our science fiction and is quickly becoming science fact.
Let me first say that I came late into the notion of UAP being a real thing. Having never had an experience with a UAP I was not persuaded by random photos and 3rd hand stories. I do remember reading about a press conference on May 10, 2001, with various ex-government officials demanding that Congress hold hearings on “secret U.S. involvement with UFOs and extraterrestrials”. With no further action on the topic from the government and the events later that year overshadowing the event, I remained ignorant of the topic. It was only with the confirmation of the event that occurred during the USS Princeton (CG-59) Incident and the release of video evidence did I change my opinion.
What changed everything was the videos and confirmation of the events from the 2004 incident of the USS Nimitz. On November 14, 2004, Commander David Fravor in an F-18 jet from the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group was tasked to investigate a target that the USS Princeton had been tracking using its highly advanced radar off the coast of San Diego California. The behavior of the object was that it would drop from 80,000 feet to 20,000 feet and hover. An F-18 has a combat flight ceiling of around 41,000 feet, and only specialized planes can fly that high, such as the U-2 and SR-71 spy planes. No aircraft today could perform the maneuvers described. Fravor, his wingman Lieutenant Commander Alex Dietrich, and their weapons systems officers observed this object hovering over an area of disturbed water for 5 minutes. When they spiraled down to investigate this white oval object, it flew away and disappeared. Another flight of jets from the aircraft carrier is now equipped with forward-looking infrared sensor pods. These jets were able to record a video of what they believed to be the object
FLIR1 Video / US Navy
This story came to light in a report from The New York Times in December 2017. With this article, two other videos were included and other incidents were noted. This article disclosed that a program initiated by former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) called Advanced Aerospace Weapon Systems Applications Program (AAWSAP) was funded to investigate the UAP. This program would then develop into the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP). The latter program was headed by Luis Elizondo and he quit the Department of Defense over “excessive secrecy and internal opposition” to his work. Elizondo spearheaded the release of these three videos and spoke about the subject to bring light to the UAP phenomena.
Skeptics will dismiss the video and photographic evidence. As they claim mundane explanations for the images. They will also declare that eye-witnesses are notoriously unreliable. That highly trained military jet pilots are not reliable. Errors or glitches in the systems are the explanations to dismiss the infrared systems and radar data that have been recorded. Individually each of the mundane explanations is compelling. However, it strains credibility to believe that a glitch in a radar system would be visible on a separate infrared sensor, and be a hallucination of highly trained pilots. This admission by the US Navy and the corresponding evidence has changed the game when it comes to the UAP phenomena. Those who say UAPs are not real are now the crackpots.
Over the years the US Navy has confirmed the authenticity of these videos. Each of the videos on this post is linked from the navy’s official servers. They have also updated their reporting guidelines to gather information on these ongoing UAP events. Other videos and photos have been released as well and continue to be confirmed by the US Navy.
The Coronavirus-relief package that was passed in December 2020 included a requirement of the Department of Defense and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence to deliver an unclassified report on UAP to Congress within six months. This report could be expected as early as June 1, 2021, but is due on June 25, 2021. Until this report is published we wait to find out more about what is the source of the UAP phenomena.