Former U.S. Navy pilot Cmdr. David Fravor described his eerie encounter with a UFO on Monday, saying it resembled a white Tic Tac and was clearly “not from the Earth.”
“It was a real object, it exists and I saw it,” he told the Washington Post. “Something not from the Earth.”
Fravor spotted the flying object on Nov. 14, 2004, after a break in a routine training mission about 60 to 100 miles off the coast between San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico, the newspaper reported.
He was searching for some flying objects that officials had been tracking, when he spotted one hovering above the ocean’s surface.
It looked like a “white Tic Tac, about the same size as a Hornet, 40 feet long with no wings,” Fravor said. “Just hanging close to the water.”
The object didn’t create rotor wash — air turbulence caused by helicopter blades — and mirrored the pilots’ movements as they got closer, then disappeared altogether.
“As I get closer, as my nose is starting to pull back up, it accelerates and it’s gone,” he said. “Faster than I’d ever seen anything in my life. We turn around, say let’s go see what’s in the water and there’s nothing. Just blue water.”
The retired Navy man is speaking out after the Pentagon confirmed that a top-secret initiative called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program studied UFOs between 2007 and 2012 with a budget of $22 million, according to the New York Times.
Fravor said he and others who saw the object were teased about the sighting by their colleagues, and no one followed up on the incident until 2009, when he was contact by a government official doing “an unofficial investigation.”
Later on, Luis Elizondo, who ran the Pentagon’s shadowy UFO program, also reached out to him.
“I don’t think I was a nut-job as an officer in the Navy. I wasn’t drunk, I don’t do drugs. I got a good night’s rest, it was a clear day,” Fravor said.
“I think someone should have looked into it. Having talked to some of the other folks, it’s a big frustration that it’s coming out now and wasn’t discussed back in 2004.”
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