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Former US Navy pilot describes bizarre encounter with aircraft with ‘no plumes, wings, or rotors’ that outran his fighter jet

Commander David Fravor’s account comes on the heels of another Times report that the Pentagon spent US$22 million in recent years on a shadowy programme to investigate UFOs

PUBLISHED : Monday, 18 December, 2017, 1:01pm
UPDATED : Monday, 18 December, 2017, 1:06pm

By Brennan Weiss

Commander David Fravor’s colleagues made fun of him after learning he encountered what appeared to be a UFO during a standard training mission off the coast of San Diego in 2004.

Fravor was in his F/A-18F fighter jet when a radio operator asked him to investigate a mysterious, white floating object hovering over the sea, he told The New York Times. He made a beeline for the 40-foot, oval-shaped object. But as he approached, it changed course and disappeared.

“It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen,” he told the Times, adding that he was “pretty weirded out,” and that although he had no idea what he saw, all he could tell was that “it had no plumes, wings or rotors and outran our F-18s.”

Fravor’s bizarre account comes on the heels of another Times report on a secret government programme called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Programme, which was reportedly established in 2007 at the request of then Nevada Sen. Harry Reid. From 2008 through 2011, the Pentagon spent US$22 million on the programme to research and investigate UFOs and the potential threats posed by them, according to the Times.

Those who urge the government to expend more time and money on investigating UFOs point to Fravor’s encounter as an example of the type of incidents that are worth looking into.

UFO enthusiasts believe the government is covering up the truth of the existence of extraterrestrial life. Ever since the famous Roswell incident of 1947, in which a flying disc-shaped object crashed at a ranch in New Mexico, they’ve been clamouring for the government to release all of its classified UFO documents.

“It occurred to me that it wasn’t a scientific problem, but a political one,” Stephen Bassett, the first and only person to register as a UFO lobbyist on Capitol Hill, told The Washington Post in 2015.

Once the truth is revealed, he added, you will see “more transparency, more communication among countries, an age of reform.”

On Saturday, Bassett excitedly tweeted about the news of the Pentagon’s secret programme, calling it “significant.”

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