The Department of Defense released 3 unclassified Navy videos from 2004 and 2015 showing “unidentified aerial phenomena” on April 27, 2020. (DOD/Released)
A not yet released Pentagon report detailing the military’s knowledge of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) is expected to be released by Congress by June 25, but U.S. officials previewing the report already told the New York Times on Thursday that the Pentagon findings do not show evidence of Alien technology — and they also don’t rule out that possibility.
The Pentagon UFO files reportedly determine that the large majority of more than 120 sightings over the past two decades are not alien spacecraft, nor are they any advanced American military or U.S. government technologies. That explanation would rule out the possibility U.S. pilots were just encountering other U.S. aerospace technology projects the government planned to keep secret.
Further answers about what UFOs are or aren’t remain unclear. While the Pentagon report doesn’t provide evidence the alien technology, it cannot definitively rule out that the strange flying objects seen in the sky for decades aren’t actually alien spacecraft.
One common concern is that these UFOs are actually linked to foreign governments at odds with the U.S., such as Russia and China. One U.S. intelligence official who spoke with the New York Times reportedly said without hesitation that UFOs are not an American technology and said the worry now is that China or Russia could be experimenting with hypersonic technology.
Both Russia and China have been developing hypersonic weapons, capable of traveling at five times the speed of sound (Mach 5) and above. The U.S. has its own hypersonic weapons projects in the works. If the capabilities shown by some UFOs were indeed associated with Russian and Chinese hypersonic weapons projects, it would mean they are much further along on the technology than the U.S.
Navy pilots reported that the strange flying objects they had observed had no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes and could reach 30,000 feet and could operate at hypersonic speeds for lengthy periods of time.
Lt. Ryan Graves, a F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot who was with the Navy for 10 years, told The New York Times “These things would be out there all day.” He said at the speeds he and other pilots observed them flying, “12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.”
The strange flying objects have exhibited other impressive capabilities, such as difficult-to-explain acceleration, the ability to quickly change direction and even to submerge.
Last summer, the Pentagon announced the formation of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force (UAPTF), to study the existence of unidentified aerial phenomena, an official term for UFOs.
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