Of course it is not unusual to read stories about UFOs, and UFO cover-ups on pages like this one. After all, my readers know where to come for the truth!
However, recently, a number of so-called “legitimate” media outlets have reported that Navy pilots are increasingly reporting sightings of unidentified aircraft, and the service is taking them seriously for a change. Politico’s Bryan Bender reported in April that the Navy was working on new guidelines for reporting such aircraft in the wake of increased sightings in military ranges and airspace.
Not too long ago, Helene Cooper of the New York Times reported that Navy pilots saw a slew of unidentified aircraft in 2014 and 2015 while flying training missions off the East Coast. In fact, a pilot from Virginia Beach nearly collided with one of the unknown aircraft in late 2014.
According to Cooper’s reporting, the witnesses claim that the “unidentified” aircraft had no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes, and that they could fly up to 30,000 feet and they were able to loiter in the area of U.S. warships for 12 hours at high speeds.
The Navy declined Cooper’s request for official comment, nor to speculate about who or what may be flying the mysterious aircraft.
However, Joseph Gradisher, a spokesman for the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, said, “I would note; however, that, consistent with the wide proliferation and availability of inexpensive unmanned aerial systems sightings of this nature have increased in frequency from 2014 until now.”
Commercially available hobby drones, being misidentified by trained navy pilots? Really? That is the government’s 21st Century version of “weather balloons.”
So Just What Are These Military Pilots Seeing?
Let’s dismiss the possibility that these are non-military drones, I just do not find that at all credible. What about their bigger and more sophisticated cousins, military unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)? Could these things be military drones sent to spy on US Naval operations by Russia or China?
Probably not, according to the Air Force.
“While there is a proliferation of UAV technology across the globe, we are not concerned that China or Russia have developed a long-range capability about which we are not aware,” said Air Force spokesman Maj. Bryan Lewis.
“Any drone that could fly from Russia or China to the United States’ East Coast would have to be at least as large as an MQ-9 Reaper and the data link used to fly the aircraft would be detectable,” said retired Air Force Maj. Gen. James Poss, who served as the service’s former assistant deputy chief of staff for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance.
Senate Briefed on Navy UFO Sightings
From 2008 until 2012, the Defense Intelligence Agency investigated unidentified aircraft as part of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which has been described in the media as the Pentagon’s X-Files. The program officially ended in 2009.
Speaking to the press, Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he feels the Pentagon needs to look into unidentified aerial phenomena again.
“Why not?” Reid said. “I think it’s foolhardy to do nothing.”
In the wake of the spate of recent UFO sightings by credible Naval personnel, it was reported by Politico on June 20, that three U.S. senators received a classified Pentagon briefing on about a series of reported encounters by the Navy with unidentified aircraft, which were part of a growing number of requests from members of key oversight committees.
One of them was Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, whose office confirmed the briefing to Politico.
“If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that’s a safety concern Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom of,” his spokesperson, Rachel Cohen, said in a statement.
The growing congressional interest is credited for playing a major role in the US Navy’s recent decision to update its procedures for reporting such unexplained sightings, which the mainstream media first reported back in April.
“Navy officials did indeed meet with interested congressional members and staffers on [June 19] to provide a classified brief on efforts to understand and identify these threats to the safety and security of our aviators,” spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Daniel Day said in a statement.
The briefings come several days after President Donald Trump told ABC News that he, too, had been briefed on the reports. “I did have one very brief meeting on it,” he said. “But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly.”