Published On: Tue, Jun 1st, 2021

UFO Sightings Are Taking Off Again

U.S. intelligence services are due to deliver a groundbreaking report on "unidentified aerial phenomena" to Congress this month

U.S. intelligence services are due to deliver a groundbreaking report on “unidentified aerial phenomena” to Congress this month at a time when close encounters between UFOs and U.S. Navy fighter jets are sending chills through the country. Compiled by the secretary of defense and the director of national intelligence, the report is set to declassify Pentagon knowledge about unexplained aerial objects. UFO encounters and sightings have frequently been dismissed for a range of reasons such as attention-seeking behavior or the misinterpretation of logical events. Encounters between some of America’s top fighter pilots and mysterious objects that have been tracked by sophisticated sensors are now generating real attention.

Three videos have emerged from the targeting pods of U.S. Navy Super Hornets that were taken in 2004 and 2015, revealing strange sphere-shaped objects travelling at speed through the sky. Former Navy fighter pilot David Fravor and Lieutenant Commander Alex Dietrich were interviewed on “60 Minutes” this week about their encounter with one of the strange objects off the San Diego coast in 2004. They, along with two other pilots onboard the jets, observed an area of roiling whitewater in the middle of the calm ocean. “We saw this little white Tic Tac-looking object. And it’s just kind of moving above the whitewater area”, Fravor said before adding that “it gets right in front of me and just disappears”.

It was tracked by the advanced radar suite onboard the guided missle cruiser USS Princeton which acquired it 60 miles away after a matter of seconds. Both aviators could not provide a logical explanation of that they saw and Fravor said “there’s definitely something out there that was better than our airplane”. Ahead of the report being published, National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe told Fox News in March that “there have been sightings all over the world”. Elaborating, he said that “when we talk about sightings, the other thing I will tell you, it’s not just a pilot or satellite or some intelligence collection. Usually, we have multiple sensors that are picking up these things”.

Considering the buzz the upcoming report and the interview made this week, how have global UFO sightings been developing in recent years? There is a National UFO Reporting Center in the United States which documents sightings of unexplained aerial phenomena all over the world and interestingly, sightings are picking up again. While there was a dip in 2018, there were more than 6,000 in 2019 and over 7,000 last year. So far in 2021, there have been close to a thousand up to the middle of May. While such numbers might have previously been ignored, encounters with UFOs involving radar tracking and advanced sensor imagery from experienced and trustworthy pilots are lending them more credibility.

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Is The U.S. Government Hiding Something About UFOs?

“STORM AREA 51”

 Sep 19, 2019

UFOs have been making the headlines a lot lately amid news reports about harrowing encounters between seasoned U.S. Navy fighter pilots and strange objects near the southeastern coast of the United States. Several pilots who were stationed on the aircraft carriers USS Nimitz and USS Theodore Roosevelt said they encountered UFOs resembling giant “Tic Tacs” between 2004 and 2015. The sightings by the Super Hornet pilots remain unexplained today with former squadron leader David Fravor telling ABC News “I think it was not from this world”.

Given the coverage that those strange incidents attracted, Area 51 has suddenly come in for more attention. Conspiracy theorists have long believed the top-secret U.S. Air Force base harbors extraterrestrial life or parts of crashed alien spacecraft that have been possibly reverse-engineered. The intense secrecy and security surrounding he base prompted someone to create a Facebook event entitled “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All Of Us”. 1.4 million people signed up stating they will “attend the raid” while another 1.1 million more were “interested” before Facebook took the event down. The date on the Facebook event was Sept. 20, 2019.

The event has now gained such momentum that the U.S. Air Force issued an official warning, discouraging people from any attempt to access the base. So all of this certainly begs the question: do the U.S. public think their government is hiding something about UFOs? The most recent polling on the issue was conducted by YouGov in June and they found that 54 percent of Americans think it’s likey something is being covered up, 27 percent saying it is unlikely and 19 percent saying they don’t know.

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