The Department of Defense released a new video which appears to show US Navy F-18 pilots encountering a UFO. The 36-second video of the sighting was released by To the Stars Academy for Arts and Science, a scientific research and media company. It suggested the existence of hovering egg-shaped vessels since the Pentagon in December publicly acknowledged a program dedicated to the study of unidentified flying objects. While the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ran from 2007 to 2012, those familiar with it say efforts are still made to further learn about these objects.
According to the ABC News, the pilots confronted the mysterious object in 2015 while flying along the East Coast. In the clip, a shocked pilot of the F/A-18 Super Hornet can be heard saying, “What the f–k is that thing?” and another one says, “Oh my gosh, dude”. The Department of Defense declined to comment on the video. In one of those encounters, pilots David Fravor and Commander Jim Slaight, who were flying off the Southern California coast in F/A-18F Super Hornets, described seeing an oval-shaped object hovering above the sea. (Also read: UFO Caught on Live NASA Broadcast of Lunar Eclipse? Claims of Alien Spaceship During Super Moon Goes Viral)
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The To the Stars Academy is led by Dr. Hal Puthoff, a NASA and DoD adviser, and James Semivan, a former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency service member. In an op-ed published in TheWashington Post Friday, Christopher Mellon, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, blasted the U.S. government for the lack of research on these incidents. “If the origin of these aircraft is a mystery, so is the paralysis of the U.S. government in the face of such evidence,” he wrote. Last December, The New York Times reported on two declassified videos of alleged UFO encounters. In a statement to ABC News, the DoD confirmed the existence of the now-defunct Advanced Aviation Threat Identification program, which investigated unidentified flying objects until 2012.