The U.S. Navy has provided access to data on pilot meetings with unidentified flying objects (UFOs) over six years, The New York Times reported.
The newspaper notes that unclassified reports were obtained by journalists of some media outlets, including the newspaper, under the Freedom of Information Act.
The military provided data on eight such incidents that occurred between 27 June 2013 and 13 February 2019. Some military meetings with UFOs have been reported previously, but the data provided include “descriptions by pilots of what they saw”.
For example, on 26 March 2014, a silver object “the size of a suitcase” was seen over the Atlantic Ocean near Virginia Beach. It was spotted by radar when it flew about 1,000 feet (305 meters). In 2019, former F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter pilot Lieutenant Ryan Graves said a flying sphere with a cube inside was seen near the same city.
The Pentagon does not claim that unidentified flying objects are of extraterrestrial origin. Experts stress that earthly explanations can be found for such incidents in most cases. In the opinion of astrophysicists, even if such explanations are absent, it does not make a plausible “extraterrestrial explanation”.
In late April, the Pentagon issued a statement in which it reported the publication of three unclassified videos with “unidentified objects”. It was reported that one of them was filmed in November 2004 and the other two in January 2015. The air events observed in the videos are described as “unidentified”.
In addition, the Pentagon statement says that, according to its data, such aircraft are not in service of any country. The footage itself shows dark silhouettes in the sky, which can’t be correlated with standard aircraft.