Real footage of UFO sightings from Navy personnel has the U.S. Navy issuing new guidelines for reporting UFOs. Since 2014, unidentified flying objects have been entering U.S. military airspace and the U.S. Navy wants to know what they are. Aliens? Experimental Russian aircraft? Weather balloons?! Either way, we’re not talking about movies or the Men in Black. This is the real deal.
New Navy UFO Guidelines
The U.S. Navy is taking the existence of UFOs seriously, seriously enough to draft new guidelines for their personnel to report UFO sightings. It’s a change from their previous policy: if you see something, keep it to yourself.
UFO stands for “unidentified flying objects.” UFOs are also sometimes called APNs: “unexplained aerial phenomena.”
Of course it’s possible some of the UFO sightings could be aliens. But here’s the news, and this is true, according to a spokesman for the Navy, unidentified aircraft enter military airspace multiple times a month. In fact, this has been happening since 2014. These sightings aren’t being made by conspiracy theorists who live and work in basements. They’re being made by Navy personnel.
Here’s what the Washington Post says about the actual navy UFO reports: “In some cases, pilots, many of whom are engineers and academy graduates, claimed to observe small spherical objects flying in formation and instead of burning fuel, these vehicles all had no air intake, no wind and no exhaust.”
So these mysterious flying objects, which in some cases seem to be way beyond current technology, have been increasingly flying over the U.S., including in military airspace.
So why is the U.S. Navy drafting these new guidelines for UFO sightings? According to Chris Melon, a former Pentagon intelligence official, it’s because even though there have been more UFO sightings, Navy personnel have been, shall we say, encouraged to ignore them. He said in a lot of cases, military personnel don’t know what to do with that information. They will dump the data because that is not a traditional aircraft or missile.
More and more trained Navy pilots are encountering strange objects capable of things beyond our current technology. What if they turn out to be some new enemy fighter jet? It’s probably not a good idea to pretend something doesn’t exist just because we can’t explain it. The other problem is that if no one records UFO sightings, they can’t share the data with other agencies, so we don’t really even know the scale of it.
This is hardly the first time the U.S. has taken an interest in UFOs. In 2017 the New York Times and Politico discovered a Pentagon program called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. It started in 2009 thanks largely to Democratic Senator Harry Reid. During its time, it investigated a lot of these unexplained incursions, including one that lasted several days involving the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group in 2004. In that case, Navy fighter jets were outmaneuvered by unidentified aircraft that flew in ways that appeared to defy the laws of known physics. That program got $22 million before funding was pulled in 2012, but similar programs go back ages.
The Air Force began a program in 1947 that looked at 12,000 UFO sightings before it was officially shut down in 1969. After 12,000 UFO sightings, the Air Force concluded that most citings involved stars, clouds, conventional aircraft, or spy planes, although 701 remained unexplained.
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