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Top Five Pilot Encounters With UFOs

by Robbie Graham                   September 27, 2018                (mysteriousuniverse.org)

• Cases of pilot encounters with UFOs stand among the most credible and dramatic ever recorded. Here are five of the most compelling:

1. Japan Airlines – On November 17, 1986, daytime, at 35,000 feet over northeastern Alaska, Japanese Airlines Boeing 747 cargo plane en route from Paris to Tokyo suddenly found itself facing two pairs of squarish arrays of pulsating “amber and whitish” lights each the size of a commercial jet, side-by-side, hovering directly in front of the aircraft. The objects lit up the cockpit where Captain Kenju Terauchi could feel heat on his face. Then the pilot noticed a third much larger “mothership” UFO eight miles away, toward which the two bright UFOs were heading. All of this was confirmed by radar at Anchorage flight control and a nearby Air Force base. After a half hour, the UFOs were gone. Years later, an FAA investigator publicly testified to a CIA cover-up of flight data relating to this event.

2. Frederick Valentich – On October 21, 1978, at 7:12 pm, 20-year-old Frederick Valentich vanished while was flying a Cessna 182L light aircraft over Australia’s Bass Strait. Just before his disappearance, Valentich had advised Melbourne air traffic control that he was being orbited by a large shiny craft with a green light 300 meters above him. Then he made is final statement, “[the] strange aircraft is hovering on top of me again. It is hovering and it’s not an aircraft.”  This was followed by a metallic scraping sound. No trace of Valentich or his aircraft was ever found.

3. Thomas Mantell – On January 7, 1948, 25 year old WWII vet Captain Thomas Mantell of the Kentucky Air National died while in pursuit of a UFO. The UFO was 300 ft. in diameter, white with a red border at the bottom. Against orders to break off pursuit, Mantell chased the UFO and got close enough to it to radio that the object was “metallic,” and of “tremendous size.” Then he lost consciousness, and his plane spiraled to the ground and crashed.

4. The ‘Tic Tac’ UFO – On November 14, 2004, (over the Pacific Ocean, off of the coast of San Diego), around noon on a clear day, the USS Princeton of the US Navy’s Nimitz carrier battle group instructed a pair of unarmed FA-18F Navy jets to intercept a radar blip. When pilots David Fravor and Jim Slaight reached the position, they noticed a disturbance in the ocean water below them, and then an object hovering 50 feet above the disturbance. The pilots described the UFO as resembling a large bright white “Tic Tac” (the breath mint) between 30 and 46 feet in length, with no visible engine or exhaust. As Fravor descended toward the object, it began to ascend, mirroring the Navy jet’s maneuvers. Then the UFO accelerated and was gone in two seconds.

5. Alderney, England – On 23 April 2007, Captain Ray Bowyer was flying a routine passenger plane from Southampton, England, to Alderney in the Channel Islands. For fifteen minutes, he and his passengers watched two very large, cigar-shaped UFOs, each a mile in length and emitting a brilliant yellow light, hovering stationary about 55 miles away. Peering through binoculars, Bowyer could distinguish their solid form. The plane flew to within 12 miles of the objects before the pilot flew away and landed. Another aircraft also confirmed the sighting.

 

If you’ve never done any research on the UFO topic, you might be forgiven for thinking that the only people who see them are hicks with worrying family trees; certainly this is the stereotype that has been perpetuated by Hollywood. In reality, however, UFOs are reported by men and women from all walks of life, and from all social and economic backgrounds: from burger-flippers to bankers, sex-workers to surgeons, pot-washers to politicians. With this in mind, it should come as little surprise that those who spend their working days in the skies above us also see their fair share of anomalous aerial phenomena. Indeed, cases of pilot encounters with UFOs stand among the most credible and dramatic ever recorded in the history of this enduring enigma.

Here are five of the most compelling…

#5. Alderney Sighting, 2007

Captain Ray Bowyer got the fright of his life on 23 April 2007 while piloting a routine passenger flight from Southampton, England, to Alderney in the Channel Islands. Over a 15 minute period, he and his passengers witnessed two UFOs so large and imposing that Bowyer–a pilot with 18 years of flying experience–wanted nothing more than to land his aircraft as soon as humanly possible “and have a cup of tea.” Typical Brit.

Bowyer’s aircraft gradually converged on two stationary, cigar-shaped craft, each emitting a brilliant yellow light. To the naked eye, the objects appeared unnervingly large, despite initially being some 55 miles away, and Bowyer would later estimate that the two mystery craft were each up to a mile across. Bowyer also viewed the objects through 10X magnification binoculars, through which he could distinguish their seemingly solid form, which grew clearer still as his aircraft drew nearer to them.

Bowyer would later recall: “I found myself astounded but curious, but at 12 miles’ distance these objects were becoming uncomfortably large, and I was glad to descend and land the aircraft. Many of my passengers saw the objects as did the pilots of another aircraft, 25 miles further south [a plane near Sark, which confirmed the presence, general position and altitude of the first object from the opposite direction].”

The encounter was thoroughly investigated but remains unexplained. Bowyer conservatively maintains that what he and his passengers witnessed was “definitely nothing from around these parts.”

#4. USS Nimitz Radar/Visual Encounter, 2004

At around 12:30 EST on November 14, 2004, an operations officer aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Princeton contacted two airborne US Navy jet fighters from USS Nimitz, instructing the pilots to change their course and investigate an unidentified blip that was showing up on the Princeton’s radar. The first fighter aircraft was piloted by Commander David Fravor, with his weapon systems officer in the back seat. The second jet was piloted by Commander Jim Slaight.

The weather conditions that day were near perfect: blue sky, no cloud cover, calm sea. When the jet fighters–both FA-18F Super Hornets–arrived at the site of the radar blip, the crew of four could see nothing untoward in the air. Below them, however, on the surface of the sea, they noticed an area “the size of a Boeing 737 airplane with a smoother area of lighter color at the center,” as if the waves were breaking over a large object just under the surface. Moments later, the crew noticed a strange object hovering erratically some 50 feet above the disturbance in the water. Both pilots later described the unidentified object as resembling a large bright white “Tic Tac” between 30 and 46 feet in length, with no visible engine or exhaust plume.

As Commander Fravor started a circular descent towards the object, it began ascending along a curved path, keeping a safe distance from the F-18 and mirroring its trajectory. Fravor then attempted to plunge his fighter below the object. No chance. The UFO accelerated “like a bullet from a gun” and was lost from his sight in less than two seconds. The nature and origin of the object remain a mystery (at least officially).

In 2017, Fravor spoke publicly about his “Tic Tac” encounter as part of a broader and ongoing public initiative to draw attention to the Pentagon’s shadowy UFO study program (now allegedly shut down), officially titled the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP).

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Granite Staters Talk About UFO Sightings

by Jennifer Crompton          March 8, 2018          (wmur.com)

• Retired Navy Commander, David Fravor, one of four F-18 Navy pilots who witnessed the now infamous “tic-tac” shaped UFO off of the coast of San Diego in 2004, now lives in New Hampshire.

• Favor describes the encounter: Looking from his jet to the ocean’s surface below, “there’s this blob of white water that has shape, like a 737… so there’s something like a seamount that’s under the water.” A second “tic-tac” shaped UFO is seen (and recorded) hovering about 50 feet above the water. “…we’re descending, and [the UFO] starts to mirror us, and it’s coming up, so I’m, like, ‘Alright, that’s pretty wild!'”

• Favor said that all four airmen were “weirded out” and not taken seriously when they returned to their Navy carrier. Favor believes that what they saw was not from this world. “Honestly, I don’t think we have the technology.”

• Fravor says that humanity could benefit by taking the UFO issue seriously. “Let’s just say you figure out how this thing works, and it has some revolutionary power source that we have not thought of… It doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.”

• See 2:35 minute video of David Fravor below.

• As many as 10 UFO sightings per month are reported to the National UFO Reporting Center in New Hampshire, and are investigated by the Mutual UFO Network, a civilian organization that has chapters in every state. “It’s usually aircraft at high altitude or aircraft lights on approach. And then there are also aircraft that the United States don’t want us to know about,” says former MUFON investigator Mark Podell.

 

WINDHAM, N.H. —
A decorated retired fighter pilot now living in New Hampshire is telling his tale of seeing something strange in the sky years ago.

Retired Navy Cmdr. David Fravor served in the Navy for 24 years, 18 of them as a pilot. Although he has a lot of experience in the air, there’s one story about which he’s asked most often.

During a routine exercise in 2004, Fravor’s plane and another were redirected by their air defense ship to an area off the coast of southern California to check out something that was picked up on radar.

“And there’s this blob of white water that has shape, like a 737, that’s pointing this way, so there’s something like a seamount that’s under the water,” Fravor said.

He said that another unidentified object, described as the shape of a Tic-Tac hovering about 50 feet above the water, was recorded by a plane’s camera.

“So as we get to about here, about 12 o’clock, we’re descending, and it starts to mirror us, and it’s coming up, so I’m, like, ‘Alright, that’s pretty wild!'” Fravor said.

He said the unidentified flying object interacted with his Super Hornet before flying off.
He described all four airmen as “weirded out” and not taken seriously when they returned to their carrier. Fravor said he believes that what they saw was not from this world.

“Honestly, I don’t think we have the technology,” he said.

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More Official UFO Footage Released: This One Was Filmed Zipping Across the Ocean

by Arjun Walia             March 12, 2018             (collective-evolution.com)

• Three military videos of UFOs have now been declassified and released for public viewing by the U.S. Government, through the To The Stars Academy. (see all three videos below)

• These are objects performing maneuvers that, to us, should be impossible to make based on our level of technology and our laws of science. When To The Stars member Steve Justice was asked about the technologies behind these objects, he said, “revolutionary is too mild of a word.”

• The Navy F-18 pilot who chased the “pill-shaped UFO” in the original cockpit video released last December is David Fravor. Said Favor, “As I got close to it, probably within a mile to half a mile, it rapidly accelerated to the south and disappeared in less than two seconds…It had no wings…there’s no rotors (like a helicopter)…this was extremely abrupt like a ping pong ball bouncing off the wall it would hit and go the other way and change directions at will. And then the ability to hover over the water and then start a vertical climb from basically zero up towards about 12000 feet, and then accelerate in less than 2 seconds and disappear – it is something I had never seen in my life.”

• To The Stars associate Christopher Mellon recently wrote an article for the Washington Post, sharing his frustration about the fact that we now have observed phenomena, officially verified to be real with actual electro-optical data and radar tracking, yet very little attention within government is paid to it. They’ve also stressed the fact, as many other governments have, that these are not isolated incidents and they occur all the time.

• In the article, Mellon does not address why so little attention has been paid to official UFO research. And that’s because it’s been in the hands of the ‘secret government,’ as many politicians and presidents have referenced. Many people within the government don’t have the clearance to know about what’s going on. This includes some of the highest ranking officials, including the President.

• What we are seeing is a historical movement, whether it be from good intentions to disclose a truth that’s been covered up for decades, or to control and manipulate that truth to serve the will of those who have been gathering data on this topic, who knows?

 

“If somebody’s laughing at what you say, you’re standing in the future and looking back. We have these glimpses of technology now that tell us, maybe there’s a way to go do that.”

The quote above comes from Steve Justice, a (very) recently retired director of Aerospace for Lockheed Martin, formerly known as the Skunk Works. He is part of a company called To The Stars, who has a mission to figure out how the technologies behind these observed UFOs work and bring this innovation into the public domain.

The observed UFOs I am referring to are the three videos that have now been declassified and released for public viewing by the US Government, through the To The Stars academy.

The other members of the team include multiple former Department of Defense employees, like Christopher Mellon, the former United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. The list is quite long and continues to grow.

What we are seeing is a historical movement, whether it be from good intentions to disclose a truth that’s been covered up for decades, or to control and manipulate that truth to serve the will of those who have been gathering data on this topic, who knows?

So far, the initiative seems well intentioned, but it’s just the beginning.

Melon recently wrote an article for the Washington Post, sharing his frustration about the fact that we now have observed phenomena, officially verified to be real with actual electro-optical data and radar tracking, yet very little attention within government is paid to it. They’ve also stressed the fact, as many other governments have, that these are not isolated incidents and they occur all the time.

He did not, however, address why so little attention has been paid to it. And that’s because it’s been in the hands of the ‘secret government,’ as many politicians and presidents have referenced. This is why “The Pentagon Doesn’t Care,” as his title states, in my opinion.

Based on my research, many people within the government don’t even have the clearance to know about what’s going on. This includes some of the highest ranking officials…including the president.
Melon also describes multiple encounters in his article:
“In one example, over the course of two weeks in November 2004, the USS Princeton, a guided-missile cruiser operating advanced naval radar, repeatedly detected unidentified aircraft operating in and around the Nimitz carrier battle group, which it was guarding off the coast of San Diego. In some cases, according to incident reports and interviews with military personnel, these vehicles descended from altitudes higher than 60,000 feet at supersonic speeds, only to suddenly stop and hover as low as 50 feet above the ocean. The United States possesses nothing capable of such feats.”

What is important is bringing this information to light in a truthful manner, the government has a bad rep when it comes to sharing information and truth. We’ve seen a lot of propaganda with multiple topics, but that does not mean that all representatives within this field do not have good hearts, it doesn’t mean that they themselves support what the ‘government’ does.

Also, keep in mind that these people are no longer working for the government.
Often, we are quick to judge.

These are objects performing maneuvers that, to us, should be impossible to make based on our level of technology and our laws of science.

When Justice was asked about the technologies behind these objects, he said, “revolutionary is too mild of a word.”

“Pill-Shaped UFO off of San Diego, 2004

 

UFO Off of West Coast

 

UFO Off of East Coast

 

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