E.T. watchers are flipping out over a video released by a group of UFO enthusiasts that claims to show in-flight U.S. Navy pilots very much taken aback by an unidentified craft that, according to the group, appears to “defy the known laws of physics.”
Former Blink-182 musician Tom DeLonge’s UFO-watching outfit, To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science (TTSAAS), released the footage in a blog post, noting that anyone should be able to obtain the same material by filing a Freedom of Information Act request to the U.S. Department of Defense.
As you’ll see and hear, the so-called “GOFAST” video footage, which the group says is authentic, definitely falls in that category of things that make you go “hmmm.” The infrared-mode clip appears to show, for a few moments, a light-colored, possibly disc-shaped object flying between a naval F/A-18 Super Hornet and a body of water.
The “actual U.S. fighter pilots,” TTSAAS informs viewers, are “in an excited state over the experience.” Judging from the clip, at least it sounds like it’s an experience they’re enjoying.
The footage, says TTSAAS, was filmed “using the Raytheon AN/ASQ- 228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) Pod,” and “represents the image displayed in the cockpit to the pilot and Weapon Systems Operators (WSO).” As a condition of acquiring and releasing the footage, the group says, information about where and when the video was shot had to be removed “by the originating authority.”
TTSAAS says the unidentified object (the group prefers “unidentified aerial phenomena,” or UAP) is flying 4.4 nautical miles from the camera, and can’t be identified as a cruise missile, fighter jet or other known fast-moving aircraft because “[t]here are no obvious wings or tails on the object,” nor are there any exhaust plumes in its wake.
The newly-promoted footage comes close on the heels of a pair of verifiably declassified Department of Defense videos that appear to show encounters between naval pilots and unidentified flying objects. The Washington Post and The New York Times both have recent rundowns of the Pentagon program that analyzes such phenomena, if you want to dive deeper.
On a side note, why is it that UFOs, abominable snowmen, ghosts and bigfoots (bigfeet?) seem to adore being captured only under the sketchiest of photographic circumstances, and only in the most grainy, distant, fleeting-footage fashion? In an age when everybody’s walking around — even in the wild — with 12-megapixel camera phones, won’t at least one of these elusive entities step boldly forward and allow itself to be photographed up close, in color, and preferably from multiple angles?
Hey, we’re not saying we’re skeptics or anything…we’re just, y’know, sayin’. The truth is definitely out there — we're just ready for somebody to find it, tag it, and bring it in for some serious questioning.