Article by Mark Von Rennenkampff October 13, 2019 (thehill.com)
• UFO “sightings” may have been relegated to tin-foil hat conspiracy theorists until the extraordinary and as-yet unexplained account of retired U.S. Navy Commander David Fravor and his colleagues of an incident that occurred off the coast of Southern California in 2004.
• CDR Fravor was flying a routine training mission along with another two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet on a calm, clear November day when they were instructed to divert on a “real-world vector.” Apparently, the USS Princeton, has spent weeks tracking numerous radar contacts moving in ways that defy explanation. The USS Princeton’s radar had again picked up these contacts and the Super Hornets were tasked with taking a closer look.
• Arriving at the coordinates, Fravor was “weirded out” by an object – with no visible propulsion system or wings – that accelerated, decelerated and, ultimately, disappeared from view at extreme speed. The Princeton radar reacquired the object 30 seconds later – 60 miles away. Therefore, this object must have traveled at roughly six times the top speed of Fravor’s Super Hornet. Later that day, a follow-up flight managed to capture the “Tic Tac”-shaped object on video. (see ‘Tic Tac UFO’ video below) No fewer than seven naval aviators as well as surface warfare officers witnessed this event, which was also corroborated by radar, infrared and optical data.
• Eleven years later, in 2014-2015, a series of similar events occurred off the U.S. East Coast with Naval aircrews reporting objects conducting extreme maneuvers that defied any known technological capabilities, again supported by sophisticated multi-source sensor data.
• The Pentagon has confirmed that videos of the 2004 and the 2014-2015 incidents are genuine. These pilots witnessed technology well beyond the bounds of science. The capabilities exhibited by these objects represent an astonishing leap forward from the status quo. The return on investment in fully investigating these phenomena could be significant, for a few key reasons.
• First, there are national security implications. These unknown objects might pose a serious collision risk. And by some accounts, these incidents are occurring with increased frequency. Such advanced technology should be seized by a world democratic power rather than an authoritarian power.
• Second, there can be no doubt that earth’s climate is undergoing tremendous change. Researchers are examining how clouds can be manipulated to combat climate change. Alternative technology that allows for indefinite flight time at extreme speeds deserves particularly close scrutiny.
• Third, the technology Fravor witnessed could allow a craft to move effortlessly through water, air and space at extraordinary speeds. This should prompt a fundamental shift toward the study of this new physics. The human inclination to explore the unknown has precipitated monumental advances in a short span of time. A well-funded and efficiently managed public investigation of this technology should be a priority.
UFO “sightings” are the stuff of tin-foil hat conspiracy theorists. That is, until one hears the extraordinary account of retired U.S. Navy Commander David Fravor and his colleagues. Fravor, a career fighter pilot, former squadron commander and level-headed skipper in an acclaimed PBS documentary, makes a particularly compelling witness to an as-yet unexplained incident that occurred off the coast of Southern California in 2004.
As CDR Fravor recalls, he, his weapon systems officer and another two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet were flying a routine training mission on a calm, clear November day. But their exercise is suddenly canceled and their two-ship formation instructed to divert on a “real-world vector.” Unknown to Fravor and his fellow officers, a nearby ship, the USS Princeton, has spent weeks tracking numerous radar contacts moving in ways that defy explanation.
For the first time, fast-moving fighter aircraft are aloft when the Princeton’s hyper-sensitive radar array picks up the peculiar contacts. CDR Fravor’s Super Hornet and the jet accompanying them are tasked with taking a closer look.
What happens next is best described only by CDR Fravor and one of the weapon systems officers flying that day. In short, Fravor was “weirded out” by an object – with no visible propulsion system or wings – that accelerated, decelerated and, ultimately, disappeared from view at extreme speed, “like nothing [he had] ever seen.”
In Fravor’s account, the USS Princeton’s radar reacquired the object 30 seconds later – 60 miles away. If accurate, this implies a velocity roughly six times that of the top speed of Fravor’s super-fast Super Hornet.
Later that day, thanks to a combination of luck and targeting skill, a follow-up flight managed to capture the object on video.
Without a doubt, the 2004 incident is unique. No fewer than seven naval aviators as well as surface warfare officers – hardly conspiratorially-minded nut jobs – reported first-hand accounts of this event. Perhaps most importantly, they are corroborated by radar, infrared and optical data.
A series of similar events occurred 11 years later. Naval aircrews operating off the U.S. East Coast reported contacts with objects conducting extreme maneuvers that defied any known (or remotely conceivable) technological capabilities. Like the 2004 incident, their accounts are reinforced by sophisticated multi-source sensor data.
The Pentagon has confirmed that videos of the 2004 and 2014-2015 incidents are genuine, ultimately drawing scrutiny from Congress.
2:45 minute ‘Tic Tac’ UFO video from November 2004 off of San Diego
(To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences YouTube)
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