A real-world vector

The Pentagon has officially confirmed the existence of a quasi-secret program to investigate UFOs, called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which started in 2007 and is reportedly still ongoing (although its annual $22 million of “black money” funding was cut off in 2012).

The program, which was supported by senators Harry Reid, Ted Stevens and Daniel Inouye, collected audio and video recordings of reported UFO sightings, including this 2004 footage of an encounter with a mysterious glowing, rotating object moving at high speeds:

Another NY Times report on the same day provides more details about that encounter, which was recorded by the US Navy off the coast of San Diego:

“Well, we’ve got a real-world vector for you,” the radio operator said, according to Commander Fravor. For two weeks, the operator said, the Princeton [a Navy cruiser] had been tracking mysterious aircraft. The objects appeared suddenly at 80,000 feet, and then hurtled toward the sea, eventually stopping at 20,000 feet and hovering. Then they either dropped out of radar range or shot straight back up. […]

Then, Commander Fravor looked down to the sea. It was calm that day, but the waves were breaking over something that was just below the surface. Whatever it was, it was big enough to cause the sea to churn.

Hovering 50 feet above the churn was an aircraft of some kind — whitish — that was around 40 feet long and oval in shape. The craft was jumping around erratically, staying over the wave disturbance but not moving in any specific direction, Commander Fravor said. The disturbance looked like frothy waves and foam, as if the water were boiling.

As Popular Mechanics points out:

There are several interesting details about the sighting here. For one, there were clearly two unidentified objects. The first was a large underwater object that was “much larger than a submarine.” For reference, the U.S. Virginia-class nuclear attack submarines are 377 feet long. The object also had some passing resemblance to a “downed airliner.” This was technically a USO, or unidentified swimming object. Although much rarer than UFOs, such craft have been sighted over the years.

We know a little more about the UFO itself. It is described as “wingless, white, and shaped like an oblong pill. It was 24-30 (40 in the NYT article) feet long and had no visible markings or glass. The USS Princeton was able to faintly track the “capsule” via its SPY-1B radar system, but the fighters were not able to get a radar lock on the object. The “capsule” was not only more maneuverable than the Hornets but also much faster —for it to have reached the CAP point ahead of the Navy fighters it would have had to have flown in excess of 2,400 miles an hour. According to FighterSweep.com, which published a detailed chronicle of the event in 2015, the object did not emit hot jet exhaust typical of ordinary aircraft.

One more noteworthy detail from the Times:

A 2009 Pentagon briefing summary of the program prepared by its director at the time asserted that “what was considered science fiction is now science fact,” and that the United States was incapable of defending itself against some of the technologies discovered.

I can’t be the only person who would like to know more about that. And I can think of a plausible rationale for the Pentagon to disclose more information: the existence of super-advanced alien technologies against which we have no defense is a pretty good argument for a massive increase in military R&D…

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