Just in time for everyone to storm Area 51, the Navy confirmed that videos shared by Tom DeLonge’s alien academy do, in fact, show “unidentified aerial phenomena.”
The former Blink-182 vocalist and guitarist founded an organization called To the Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017. The organization seeks to “advance society’s understanding of scientific phenomena and its technological implications” — in other words, it’s a UFO watchdog.
Last week The Black Vault, a civilian archive of declassified government documents, reported that the Navy released the dates of three “officially acknowledged” encounters with unidentified flying objects. Dubbed “FLIR1,” “Gimbal,” and “GoFast,” the three videos in question show what American armed forces refer to as “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena,” or UAPs.
The first video was originally released by the New York Times in a 2017 report about the Pentagon’s mysterious UFO program. Navy pilots recorded a video of an oblong floating object with their F-18’s gun camera just off the coast of San Diego in 2004.
“Gimbal” was caught on camera on Jan. 21, 2015 — The Black Vaults’ request for information revealed that date. The video also shows pilots on the U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet trying to figure out what they’re looking at.
“It’s a fucking drone, bro,” one says. “There’s a whole fleet of them.”
“My gosh,” another replies, astonished.
“They’re all going against the wind, the wind’s 120 knots out of the west,” the first one says.
DeLonge released the third video through To the Stars Academy. “GoFast” was also recorded on Jan. 21, 2015, prompting UFO enthusiasts to believe it’s the same object as recorded in Gimbal. The video was also recorded from a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet.
“What the fuck is that thing?” a pilot laughs.
In a statement to Vice, Navy spokesperson Joseph Gradisher confirmed that “the Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in those three videos as unidentified.”
As Vice notes, UFO hobbyists are using the phrase “unidentified aerial phenomena,” rather than “unidentified flying object,” to refer to soaring discs and mysterious spheres.
The U.S. Navy drafted new guidelines to report UFO sightings in April, making it easier for personnel to keep an eye on aerial phenomena.
In a statement to Politico, the Navy nodded to “a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated airspace in recent years.”
“For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [U.S. Air Force] takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report.”
But if you want to get your hands on official government reports of UFO sightings, don’t get your hopes up. Gradisher told Vice that the reports would be considered classified information, and “no release of information to the general public is expected.”
Here’s the bottom line: UFOs are real, according to the Navy, considering the objects caught on video remain unidentified. Are they extraterrestrial? Who knows. But Tom DeLonge continues to fight the good fight and expose for the rest of us Earth dwellers.
“This acknowledgment by the Navy is unprecedented,” he said in an Instagram post on Wednesday. “Facts are starting to replace unsubstantiated claims and the fog that has masked the reality of UAPs [unidentified aerial phenomena] is clearing. WE ARE MAKING REAL PROGRESS — I AM SO EXCITED!!”
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