Were UFOs prowling the U.S. Eastern Seaboard from 2014 to 2015?
According to some U.S. Navy pilots, they might have been, The New York Times reports.
Now, the Pentagon has officially released a number of “You Decide” videos taken by the fliers.
At the time, the pilots reported to superior officers that the objects they spotted didn’t have a visible engine or infrared exhaust fumes.
However, they were 30,000 feet in the air and travelling at “hypersonic speed.”
“These things would be out there all day,” Lieut. Ryan Graves told the Times. “Keeping an aircraft in the air requires a significant amount of energy. With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.”
The pilot reported his findings to Congress.
The UFO videos were taken by cameras in early 2015 when an “object” races over the waves of the Atlantic Ocean. The pilot can be heard asking: “Wow, what is that, man? Look at it fly!”
While the U.S. Defense Department and other experts believe there are other, less exotic explanations than an alien invasion.
And the four pilots who took part in training flights off the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and witnessed the objects also don’t say they’re aliens.
However, videos filmed by the the fliers show two encounters with flying objects.
One filmed near Jacksonville on Jan. 20, 2015 reveals an object that appears like a “spinning top” while the second was taken a few weeks later.
The Navy has issued new protocols for its pilots when they encounter unidentified objects.
“There were a number of different reports,” Navy spokesman Joseph Gradisher told the Times, adding some could have been drones.
“(In other cases) we don’t know who’s doing this, we don’t have enough data to track this. So the intent of the message to the fleet is to provide updated guidance on reporting procedures for suspected intrusions into our airspace.”
But before you don your spacesuit and super-charge your ray gun, consider what one expert has to say.
“(The possibility of an extraterrestrial cause) is so unlikely that it competes with many other low-probability but more mundane explanations,” senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Leon Golub told the newspaper.
“There are so many other possibilities — bugs in the code for the imaging and display systems, atmospheric effects and reflections, neurological overload from multiple inputs during high-speed flight.”