U.S. Department Of Defense Video Shows Unknown Object Intercepted By U.S. Navy Super Hornet And We Have No Idea What It Was.

Dec 17 2017 - 74 Comments

This video shows the weird object as seen from a U.S. Navy F/A-18F Super Hornet’s ATFLIR (Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared) pod. What is it? Any idea?

On Dec. 16, the NYT published an interesting story about a U.S. Department of Defense program that investigated reports of UFOs (unidentified flying objects). Along with interviews with program participants and records they obtained investigating the mysterious Pentagon program, The New York Times has released a video that shows a close encounter between an F/A-18F Super Hornet out of USS Nimitz and one of these UFOs back in 2004.

Take a look and tell me if you have an idea what that object might be.

Back in 2007, a user (cometa2) of the popular Above Top Secret (ATS) forum posted an alleged official CVW-11 Event Summary of a close encounter occurred on Nov. 14, 2004. Back then, when the encounter had not been confirmed yet, many users questioned the authenticity of both the event log and the footage allegedly filmed during the UFO intercept. More than 10 years later, with an officially released video of the encounter, it’s worth having a look at that unverified event log again: although we can’t say for sure whether it is genuine or not, it is at least “realistic” and provides some interesting details and narrative consistent with the real carrier ops. Moreover, the summary says that the callsign of the aircraft involved in the encounter is Fast Eagle: this callsign is used by the VFA-41 Black Aces – incidentally the very same squadron of David Fravor, formed Co of VFA-41, the pilot who recalled the encounter to NYT.

Anyway, here’s an excerpt:

FAST EAGLES 110/100 UPON TAKE OFF WERE VECTORED BY PRINCETON AND BANGER (1410L) TO INTERCEPT UNID CONTACT AT 160@40NM (N3050.8 W11746.9) (NIMITZ N3129.3 W11752.8). PRINCETON INFORMED FAST EAGLES THAT THE CONTACT WAS MOVING AT 100 KTS @ 25KFT ASL.

FAST EAGLES (110/100) COULD NOT FIND UNID AIRBORNE CONTACT AT LOCATION GIVEN BY PRINCETON. WHILE SEARCHING FOR UNID AIR CONTACT, FAST EAGLES SPOTTED LARGE UNID OBJECT IN WATER AT 1430L. PILOTS SAW STEAM/ SMOKE/CHURNING AROUND OBJECT. PILOT DESCRIBES OBJECT INITIALLY AS RESEMBLING A DOWNED AIRLINER, ALSO STATED THAT IT WAS MUCH LARGER THAN A SUBMARINE.

WHILE DESCENDING FROM 24K FT TO GAIN A BETTER VIEW OF THE UNID CONTACT IN THE WATER, FAST EAGLE 110 SIGHTED AN AIRBORNE CONTACT WHICH APPEARED TO BE CAPSULE SHAPED (WINGLESS, MOBILE, WHITE, OBLONG PILL SHAPED, 25-30 FEET IN LENGTH, NO VISIBLE MARKINGS AND NO GLASS) 5NM WEST FROM POSITION OF UNID OBJECT IN WATER.

CAPSULE (ALT 4K FT AT COURSE 300) PASSED UNDER FAST EAGLE 110 (ALT 16KFT). FAST EAGLE 110 BEGAN TURN TO ACQUIRE CAPSULE. WHILE 110 WAS DESCENDING AND TURNING, CAPSULE BEGAN CLIMBING AND TURNED INSIDE OF FAST EAGLE’S TURN RADIUS. PILOT ESTIMATED THAT CAPSULE ACHIEVED 600-700 KTS. FAST EAGLE 110 COULD NOT KEEP UP WITH THE RATE OF TURN AND THE GAIN OF ALTITUDE BY THE CAPSULE. 110 LOST VISUAL ID OF CAPSULE IN HAZE.
LAST VISUAL CONTACT HAD CAPSULE AT 14KFT HEADING DUE EAST.

NEITHER FAST EAGLES 110 OR 100 COULD ACHIEVE RADAR LOCK OR ANY OTHER MEANS OF POSITIVE ID. FAST EAGLE 100 WAS FLYING HIGH COVER AND SAW THE ENGAGEMENT BY FAST EAGLE 110. FAST EAGLE 100 CONFIRMS 110 VISUAL ID; 100 LOST CONTACT IN HAZE AS WELL.

CPA OF ACFT 110 FROM CONTACT 4000-5000 FT.

So, what’s your opinion on the video (BTW here you can find an interesting description of the ATFLIR symbology)? What’s that “capsule shaped (wingless, mobile, white, oblong pill-shaped)” object?

H/T to @obretix for the help preparing this article.

  • poopycatfart

    Easy. It was Putin flying away from Washington DC in his “Dr. Evil” spaceship shortly after he hacked the voting machines, stealing the election from Saint Hillary… Mister Bigglesworth sends his regards.

    • TypicalWiredReader

      Wow, in 2007?

      If it was Putin, he may have been making away with the last secret stash of Republican humor.

      • ML Greenspan

        It would be a small stash.

      • warren trout

        Stop the propaganda

  • Frederick Murre

    Need a better view relative to the aircraft or a second sensor to show transitioning actual volumetric space. Honestly what we see in the video acts more like a specular thermal reflection in the FLIR optics.

    • Thomas Leor

      “Honestly what we see in the video acts more like a specular thermal reflection in the FLIR optics.”

      Second that. If they really wanted to show “UFO”-videos aimed to shake up the public, there are far more intricate ones available.

      • fact275

        The issue with Commander Fravor’s sighting is that there was visual contact, AEGIS radar tracks, and ATFLIR.

  • Egad

    A question about the report: what’s “BANGER (1410L)”? A third ship besides Nimitz and Princeton?

    • royhandy

      “Banger” is the E2C Hawkeye that was also in the air.

      • D Beaty

        What does the term 1410L refer to? Position?

  • John Edwards

    When did this video first surface?

    • John

      It first surfaced in 2007 leaked to a German film student website, but was scrubbed from the internet (the 2015 re-telling also notes it had disappeared from YouTube in intervening years). DoD appeared to confirm its authenticity when releasing it this October (see: WaPo story).

  • Jon National

    I used to believe in aliens as Fermi’s equation suggests the universe should be full of intelligent life. But then some research on the web revealed the Fermi Paradox and the filters applied to it. Now I am of the opinion we’re alone.

    • Aaron VanAlstine

      Regretfully, I came to the same conclusion.

    • sglover

      I think you mean the Drake equation. I believe Fermi mentioned his paradox (aka, “Where’s Everybody”?)a few years before the equation.

      • Jon National

        Yes, you’re right.

  • WpnsLoader175

    When I went to Kandahar they all told us “don’t take a pictures of this thing.” That thing is the RQ-170 Sentinel, the so called beast of Kandahar. It was crazy and odd, but it did look like a normal aircraft. Nothing here looks like a normal aircraft. Lets hope we figure this one out!

  • Festivusfortherestofus

    In a Scientific American article it mentions that we are in a 3 dimensional universe which is merely a shadow of a 4 dimensional realm which may explain many phenomena (Wonders of the Cosmos-The Black hole at the beginning of time-Fall 2017).

  • Arthur

    That’s Venus. Nothing to see here, move along.

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  • fact275

    This may well be a yet to be explained atmospheric plasma theorized by the United Kingdom’s December 2000 MOD Defence Intelligence Analysis Staff report “Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon in the UK Air Defence Region.” The Executive Summary is worth a read.

  • John Malik

    Let’s suppose it is the USAF testing a new drone? Wouldn’t we have more info 13 years later? Our contemporary drones are commonplace today. Suppose it was a Russian sub and drone? Wouldn’t we have lots of intel on it by now? Maybe it was a Navy test of a secret drone? If so, wouldn’t the pilots have been debrifed and told to keep their mouths shut? Suppose it was a private endeavour, again we would have learned more by now. Could the pilots have made it all up? What the hell would they do that for? I’m not saying it’s little green men from another planet, but it’s certainly mysterious. The notion that it’s our government’s product just doesn’t seem to make sense. And I’ve been wrong before.

  • Gyoz

    1 – The object was tracked by radars flying over 80.000 ft down to zero ft in few seconds
    2 – Speed and maneuvers not compatible with aerodynamics of anything we know
    3 – Ships have been tracking multiple objects with extreme manouvers for three days and Navy next were able intercept only one of these for a visual check.

    Read here a more complete report:
    https://fightersweep.com/1460/x-files-edition/

    I always been very skeptical of anything UFO. Always thought to be a “nerd dream” on the other side any scientist working on the universe can tell you that is very unlikely that we could be the only living smart organisms in the universe and probably we are not the most advanced.

    Put these credible reports and the science together and this becomes interesting and something of serious consideration.

  • Thomas Leor
  • D Beaty

    This is link to a recent interview with fmr. VFA-41 Cdr. Dave Fravor with a detailed description of what he saw that day. Does not sound like a drone from a boomer unless we have non-jet propulsion hypersonic 47 foot drone in the inventory.
    https://coi.tothestarsacademy.com/2004-uss-nimitz-pilot-interview

  • Mark D. Williams

    Another issue is that the video with the UAP that rotates is not from the Nimitz incident. It’s from a different place and time. I would highly recommend checking out the To the stars website. It explains the different videos and has also the pilot’s report and an interview with Cdr Fravor.

    https://coi.tothestarsacademy.com/