Kids born in the 1960s and 70s likely remember the short lived TV series that came out in 1978, called “Project U.F.O.” For young people the show seemed very real and it openly discussed an actual government project that existed in the US Air Force that kept an eye out for Unidentified Flying Objects (UFOs). It was fairly hush-hush, because it didn’t want to create alarm, but it was very real. It wasn’t even the first of such efforts by the USAF. The first of three was called “Sign” (1947), followed by “Grudge” (1949), and then finally “Blue Book” (1952). That last effort was the longest, lasting until 1969. Articles and other documents created by those involved in it led to the aforementioned TV series.
Most believed that the US monitoring of UFOs ended with Blue Book, but The New York Times noted that such is not the case. The monitoring of such activity is no longer confined to the USAF, but now by the Pentagon in general. The Times describes it as “the Pentagon’s shadowy, little-known Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program.” The word “threat” in the title is telling and not exactly settling to a population that appears to be constantly on edge.
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Recently the Pentagon revealed that the Program has been busy. The NY Times examines one of the reported incidents, and what it describes is “other worldly”:
“The strange objects, one of them like a spinning top moving against the wind, appeared almost daily from the summer of 2014 to March 2015, high in the skies over the East Coast. Navy pilots reported to their superiors that the objects had no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes, but that they could reach 30,000 feet and hypersonic speeds.
“’These things would be out there all day,’ said Lt. Ryan Graves, an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot who has been with the Navy for 10 years, and who reported his sightings to the Pentagon and Congress. ‘Keeping an aircraft in the air requires a significant amount of energy. With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.’
“In late 2014, a Super Hornet pilot had a near collision with one of the objects, and an official mishap report was filed. Some of the incidents were videotaped, including one taken by a plane’s camera in early 2015 that shows an object zooming over the ocean waves as pilots question what they are watching.
“’Wow, what is that, man?’ one exclaims. ‘Look at it fly!’”
“No one in the Defense Department is saying that the objects were extraterrestrial, and experts emphasize that earthly explanations can generally be found for such incidents. Lieutenant Graves and four other Navy pilots, who said in interviews with The New York Times that they saw the objects in 2014 and 2015 in training maneuvers from Virginia to Florida off the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, make no assertions of their provenance.”
Not “extraterrestrial”? Maybe, but it appears to be different than anything the public knows about in terms of the technological abilities of the US or any other country.