We can declare with confidence these days that we are living in unprecedented times. Between climate change, growing political polarization, and a worldwide pandemic, it seems like anything is possible. But wouldn’t it be great if something positive happened? You know, like the aliens finally contacting us?

Are UFOs real? It’s an age-old question.

We still don’t know if UFOs are alien crafts, but recently there has been an exciting development in the world of unidentified flying objects—and that is a solid acknowledgement from the Pentagon that Navy UFO sightings are being logged.

Real Alien Footage?

In late April, the Pentagon declassified three videos which showed encounters between US Navy planes and UFOs.

CNN reports, “The reports were first published by the Drive, a website covering auto news and military issues, which obtained the documents through a Freedom of Information Act request. The videos show what appear to be unidentified flying objects rapidly moving while recorded by infrared cameras. Two of the videos contain Naval aviators reacting in awe at how quickly the objects are moving. One voice speculates that it could be a drone.

Reportedly, Luis Elizondo of To The Stars Academy (TTSA) helped make these videos public.

Luis Elizondo

Elizondo used to work for the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program at the Pentagon, which was a bit like a real-life X-Files, before it was disbanded.

Medium quotes him reacting to the Pentagon’s release of the videos by stating, “I was encouraged by the Pentagon’s forthcomingness and honesty. This is something I have been engaged with for the last two and a half years after I left the Pentagon because I think this topic requires a conversation not just inside the government, but outside as well. I remain optimistic the Pentagon will continue this trend of transparency. Acknowledging there’s an issue is always the first step in remedying it.”

Elizondo says that the Navy also has commented on the videos, verifying their authenticity. The Navy refers to the unusual objects in the videos as “unidentified aerial phenomena,” or “UAP.”

 

Now You Can Read the UFO Incident Reports Released by the US Navy

While it is amazing to be able to check out these declassified UFO videos, interpreting them is not so easy. And if you have been curious how they were interpreted in the official logs for the incidents, now you can find out for yourself.

 

The US Navy has released a number of UFO incident reports in full.

You can read every bit of recorded data as well as the commentary on each of the sightings. There is also plenty of context in the reports regarding dates, times, locations and so forth.

It should be noted that there is an overlap between the videos and the incident reports. But there are incident reports covering events which are not featured in the declassified videos. Also, one of the video events is not represented among the logs. So, we are guessing this is a sampling of UFO logs from the Navy, but not all of the logs which likely exist.

 

Here is one of the most interesting encounters from the logs:

“Hazard Aircraft (HA) entered W-72 (Warning Area) for a scheduled Air-to-Air training event, utilizing Air-2A and Air-2B under “exclusive use,” meaning no other aircraft were authorized to be within the confines of that area. HA was part of a four-aircraft event, and was operating at the time of incident as a flight of two with Hazard Wingman (HW). Hazard Flight (HF) executed a first engagement with the opposing two aircraft and, after terminating this run, HA detected a radar apparent track in the eastern portion of Air-2B. This track showed an altitude of 19,000′ and airspeed of Mach 0.1. Hazard Pilot (HP) called the radar track out to his wingman, who noted no indications on his radar screen. HP initially thought the radar track was a false track file, due to the high winds noted in the area (100+ knots at 18,000′). As HP closed on the trackfile, he noted a small metallic object within the Heads Up Display symbology box (TD Box). The unknown aircraft appeared to be small in size, approximately the size of a suitcase, and silver in color. HA passed within 1000′ of the object, but was unable to positively determine the identity of the aircraft. HP attempted to regain visual contact with the aircraft, but was unable. HP passed the information on the unidentified aircraft to the local Fleet Area Controlling and Surveillance Facility (FACSFAC). The controlling agency saw no radar returns nor a squawk that correlated to the unidentified aircraft.

So, Are These UFO Reports Proof of Alien Life?

As exciting as these reports are, they do not prove the existence of alien craft—nor do they even point in that direction. If anything, it seems most likely that they are drones. But there are a lot more questions than answers to be found here.

What is most exciting about these reports is simply that they were declassified and released at all, improving transparency surrounding the discussion of UFOs with respect to military encounters. This has been vindicating for everyone who has pressured the Pentagon to release this information.

The Drive has written extensively about the reports, concluding, “There isn’t any proof here of extremely exotic flying craft or saucers with amazing kinematic performance. Assuming they do not belong to the U.S. government, the fact that they are being deployed in such sensitive airspace seemingly unimpeded is a far larger national security concern than it may seem at first glance.”

This is a really good point. They could be operated by a foreign power or even a corporation that doesn’t have the country’s best interests at heart.

The Drive adds, “We have detailed some of this both directly and indirectly in the past, but suffice it to say, the electronic intelligence that an adversary could gather in the training ranges frequented by pretty much all of America’s tactical fighter aircraft and other high-end sensor aircraft, as well as surface combatants, would be extremely valuable.”

 

The Search for the Truth Continues

It sure would have been nice to have the evidence point toward aliens rather than yet more terrestrial threats to our existence, right?

Alas, there is nothing hopeful or reassuring in these reports or videos, save perhaps the possibility of a somewhat more communicative Pentagon going forward.

Of course, that doesn’t mean if there were evidence of alien life that the Pentagon would be as forthcoming as it is with these likely reports of drones.

So, we will just have to keep searching for the truth. And we don’t need to be passive about it either. As Elizondo says in his interview with Medium, “We are at a point in history where every human being is an intelligence collector. You have a device in your hand that can triangulate and record audio and video. If we have enough of these devices looking up in the skies, I think we’re going to be really surprised by what we can collectively capture.”

And you know what? If as a species we start collectively valuing the truth and searching for ways to connect with our broader universe, maybe we’ll get some fresh perspective that will help us deal with our problems here on Earth. So keep on searching for the truth. No matter what else we discover, hopefully we’ll find ourselves along the way.