by Hugo Daniels and Emily Saul December 31, 2017 (thesun.co.uk)
• Retired Navy Commander, David Fravor, 53, was flying one of a pair of fighter jets on a routine training mission about 100 miles into the Pacific ocean off San Diego in 2004, an incident which has become the subject of a Department of Defense cockpit video released to the public in mid-December, causing a furor in the UFO and scientific world. Fravor and his wingman were diverted by the Navy cruiser the USS Princeton to check out an object spotted on their radar. The Princeton operator said they had been tracking up to a dozen mystery aircraft over two weeks but hadn’t deployed any aircraft when Fravor’s F/A-18 Super Hornet arrived on the scene.
• The object first appeared at 80,000 ft, then hurtled towards the sea, stopping at 20,000 feet and hovering before dropping out of radar. When Fravor arrived he saw a white aircraft hovering 50 feet above a disturbance in the ocean. The UFO craft was 40 ft long and rounded, resembling a tic tac with no wings. It was bright white but wasn’t reflecting a lot of light. It had no windows, no exhaust flume, and no visible form of propulsion. (see 43-second video below)
• As Fravor flew towards it, the craft began ascending towards him, passing him at about 12,000 ft. He thinks he got within half a mile of it. Fravor says, “I literally chased the thing and it started to mirror us, it was like it became aware we were there. I cut across to see if I could get closer and it rapidly accelerated and disappeared. Within a matter of a second it was gone.” “In 16 years of flying I had never seen anything like that.”
• Fravor said, “I know what I saw. It was impressive, it had incredible performance.” “I honestly don’t think humans have that technology to do what that thing did. Nor could the human body withstand accelerations like that.” Fravor insists that the object was alien in origin.
• Fravor offered his advice, “You can ignore them and hope they’re just going to observe, or you can do something about it and try to understand what they’re doing.” “We all need to take these seriously as a species, because right now we don’t know the intent of these things.”
Retired US Navy pilot commander David Fravor spoke out in support of ex US government intelligence officer Luis Elizondo, who last week revealed he ran a real life “X Files” UFO research department at the Pentagon named the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program (AATIP) funded by £16 million ($22m) “black ops money” from Congress.
Elizondo secured the release of previously classified US Defense Department videos of UFO encounters – one of which shows the craft Fravor saw darting off at an incredible speed.
Commander Fravor, 53, was flying one of two fighter jets on a routine training mission about 100 miles into the Pacific ocean off San Diego when they were diverted to check out an aircraft spotted on radar from their navy cruiser the USS Princeton.
The operations operator said they had been tracking up to a dozen mystery aircraft over two weeks but hadn’t had manned planes deployed when they showed up.
The object first appeared at 80,000ft, then hurtled towards the sea, stopping at 20,000 feet and hovering before dropping out of radar.
When Commander Fravor arrived he saw a white aircraft hovering 50 feet above above a disturbance in the ocean.
He said: “It was just moving randomly around – this 40 foot long white tic tac looking thing, with no wings.
“It was a clear day with a blue background and it was perfectly white. We didn’t see any windows, no form of propulsion, nothing, just a big white object.
“It was rounded on both ends and had a cylindrical body which rounded in, same front to back.
“I couldn’t tell what it was made of, it was bright white but it wasn’t reflecting a bunch of light.”
Fravor flew towards it and the aircraft began ascending towards him, passing him at about 12,000 ft. He thinks he got within half a mile of it.
He said: “I literally chased the thing and it started to mirror us, it was like it became aware we were there. I cut across to see if I could get closer and it rapidly accelerated and disappeared. Within a matter of a second it was gone.”
Asked what was going through his mind, he said: “I was thinking ‘That’s pretty strange’. In 16 years of flying I had never seen anything like that. Nothing that can hover and climb at that rate up and then accelerate and just disappear.
“I was more curious then afraid. I wanted to see how close I could get to it, to see what it was.”
The two fighter jets were told to head to a rendezvous point 60 miles away.
However the radio operator on the Princeton then radioed and said the mystery aircraft had turned up before them.
At this point another aircraft was sent to investigate and recorded radar footage of the aircraft. The 90 second video shows the oblong shaped object hovering before it darts off to the left at what appears to be an unprecedented velocity.
Fravor said: “It jammed the radar, you couldn’t lock it with a conventional radar, you could passively track it and see it, but if you tried to grab a lock it wouldn’t allow you to do that.
“When it takes off and goes to the side that’s a significant amount of distance to travel in a very short period of time, we’re talking miles, that thing just goes poof and in about a second it’s off the side of the screen.
“You look at the video of it there’s no exhaust flume, there’s no indication of how that thing is moving around. Having seen a lot of different airplanes, you can always at least hot spots where the exhaust is coming out. I was close enough visually to go ‘we don’t have anything like that’.”
He insisted the object was alien in origin.
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