Last month the US Department of Defense took the unexpected decision to formally declassify and release three video clips of unidentified objects recorded by US Navy pilots.Now thanks to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the Naval Safety Center, eight hazard reports providing additional details of these encounters have been finally made public.
Seven of the reports involve F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and detail incidents that took place in 2013 and 2014 off the coast of Virginia and North Carolina in a region known as the W-72 warning area. The eighth report details a separate incident from 2019 involving an EA-18G Growler.
One of the most interesting aspects of these encounters is that the UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) were fairly small – closer in size to a drone than a manned aircraft. One of the pilots stated that the object encountered in November 2013 had an “approximately 5 foot wingspan and was colored white with no other distinguishable features.”
Another in June 2013 was described as “white in color and approximately the size of a drone or missile.” None of the pilots were able to determine who or what was flying the objects. The Navy however noted that they did “pose a significant mid-air collision threat.” On March 26, 2014, another pilot reported an encounter with a “metallic object” which was “small in size, approximately the size of a suitcase, and silver in color.”
He got within 1,000ft of it, but was “unable to positively determine the identity of the aircraft.” As for the nature and origins of these objects – nobody seems to know.
The reports themselves, as well as the analyses, are long and detailed, so to get the complete picture we recommend checking out the full article on – The Drive.