Back in 2004, we learned that the aircraft carrier Nimitz encountered an unidentified flying object (UFO). Since then the US Government has confirmed the existence of these objects—and no one batted an eye. The Pentagon admits that they have no idea what these objects are or where they are from.
While we can ignore the issue, there is a serious danger here. I have no idea what these objects are and I am not going to speculate, but our military now says that the encounters are on a daily bases, nearly with several objects almost colliding with aircraft.
Fighter pilots say that are ‘stunned’ and exasperated at the lack of support from the pentagon. At The Hill, Marik von Rennenkampff explores some of these experiences and asks whether things have improved for them at this point:
“With aviation safety alerts as their only recourse, frustrated aviators and their commanders noted that the UFOs pose “a severe threat to Naval Aviation” and a “critical risk” to flight safety. Just days before the April 2014 incident, the squadron’s exasperated commander that “it is only a matter of time before this results in a midair [collision].” A few weeks earlier, the skipper of another East Coast squadron, “I feel it may only be a matter of time before one of our F/A-18 aircraft has a mid-air collision.”
Despite the frequency of the encounters and the severity of the hazard, it took the Navy five years to adopt a formal UFO reporting structure. The first batch of these reports, heavily redacted and spanning only a few months in 2019, makes clear that the U.S. government faces a significant challenge.
In one UFO incident, an aviator reported that he had “never seen anything like this before.” In another encounter, an aviator “noticed an object with flight characteristics unlike anything I had seen in my [redacted] years of [redacted]” — implying a particularly anomalous encounter.”
Just so we are clear, these complaints aren’t coming from pilots alone. Some of the people reporting concerns are high-ranking officers. Former fighter pilot Ryan Graves was interviewed for this report. He’s become something of an advocate for military and government action regarding UFOs in controlled American airspace since leaving the service.
“I see frustration. I see confusion about what [the aviators are] seeing,” Graves told me. “That’s not normal language [in the UFO reports]. That’s not how we operate.”…
Unsurprisingly, Graves takes the Pentagon’s foot-dragging on UFOs seriously — and personally. “I lost about a friend a year on average while I was in the Navy… This is a dangerous business. To think that we’re adding more danger for no reason is outlandish,” Graves told me.
For Graves, eight years of relative government inaction since his squadron’s 2014 near-collision “is unacceptable. It’s a demonstration of ignoring the needs of their operators. That’s the bottom line.”
A totally understandable statement, in my opinion. Ignoring the problem doesn’t mean the creepy UFOs are going to go away. If anything, the Pentagon is putting our military at risk by not developing some way of averting, detecting, or investigating these anomalies. It’s only a matter of time before they collide with an aircraft carrier—God forbid, that craft be hot and loaded.
At the very least, the Pentagon needs to give orders on how the military and or pilots need to respond during encounters and offer some sort of feedback. Don’t you think? I know it’s a taboo topic but I would really like to hear your thoughts about the Pentagon’s lack of response to our service men and women’s concerns.