28 April 2020
Bhubaneswar: The Pentagon, the headquarters building of the United States Department of Defense (DoD), today released three declassified videos that show US Navy pilots encountering what appears to be unidentified flying objects.
The grainy videos, which the Pentagon says depict “unexplained aerial phenomena”, were previously leaked, with some believing they show alien unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
The videos show what appear to be unidentified flying objects rapidly moving while recorded by infrared cameras. Two of the videos contain service members reacting in awe at how quickly the objects are moving. One voice speculates that it could be a drone.
The Pentagon said it released the footage to “to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real or whether or not there is more to the videos,” a statement on the DoD website said.
The three videos show what the pilots saw during training flights in 2004 and 2015. Two of the videos were published by the New York Times in 2017. The other video was released by the To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science group, a media and private science organization.
The release of the videos by the Pentagon adds to the legitimacy of the videos and will spur more speculation that humans have recently interacted with extra-terrestrials. The Navy has guidelines for reporting UFO sightings.
UFO is any aerial phenomenon that cannot immediately be identified. First coined by the US Air Force in 1953, the term is widely used for claimed observations of extra-terrestrials spacecraft.