Pentagon Releases Secret UFO Footage Taken by the U.S. Navy

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“It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen,” said a Navy pilot to the New York Times in 2004. He was describing a 40-foot oblong object hovering over the Pacific.

It is one of hundreds of UFO sightings by members of the U.S. military, who themselves have no idea what they saw. The Pentagon has declassified and released three of these videos, which it confirmed are authentic and not manipulated in any way.

One of the objects caught on an infrared camera looks like a spinning top, flying over the ocean. It is one of the most compelling footage of unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), the term the U.S. Navy uses for UFOs.


In 2017, retired U.S. Navy pilot David Fravor told CNN about his experience chasing the UFO sighted in 2004. “As I got close to it... it rapidly accelerated to the south, and disappeared in less than two seconds. This was extremely abrupt, like a ping pong ball, bouncing off a wall. It would hit and go the other way.”

The Pentagon released a statement on why it decided to declassify the footage.

“After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena,” the statement said.

In 2019, the U.S. Navy reported an increase in UFO sightings during its missions. The sightings often involve highly advanced aircraft encroaching on military facilities, sensitive military installations, and near nuclear facilities. In each case, the UFOs are seen traveling at impossible speeds that defy the laws of physics.


"There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years," the U.S. Navy said in a statement in 2019, responding to questions from Politico.

'We may not be alone.'

In 2007, the Pentagon established a program to study unidentified aerial phenomena. One phenomenon it investigated was the 2004 incursion of a UFO on the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group, in which a UFO followed the group for several days, outmaneuvering pilots whenever the latter attempted to intercept it.   

“There is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone,” said Luis Elizondo in a CNN interview. He was the former head of the Pentagon’s UAP research program.

“These aircraft are displaying characteristics that are not currently within the U.S. inventory nor in any foreign inventory that we are aware of,” Elizondo added.

Below are the three declassified UFO videos spliced together in a single file.

For your UFO fix, we recommend watching Unacknowledged, a Netflix documentary on the U.S. military's UFO sightings and coverups and why the President of the United States is clueless about aliens.

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