WASHINGTON — The Navy’s acknowledgment of videos showing unexplained fast-flying objects in the sky are positive steps forward in the quest to determine what other possible intelligent life may exist in the universe, analysts said Monday.
“This is the first time in many, many years that the U.S. government has actually admitted they have evidence of a UFO, in this case videos,” Mark Rodeghier, scientific director of the Center for UFO Studies (CUFOS), told TMN in an interview.
“So I think, in a way, that is the most important information,” he said.
CUFOS is an international group of scientists, academics, investigators and volunteers dedicated to the continuing examination and analysis of the UFO phenomenon.
Last week the Navy acknowledged an ongoing investigation into sightings by its pilots of what it describes as “unidentified aerial phenomena” or UAPs in U.S. airspace on both coasts.
Navy officials, speaking on background to TMN, said the public acknowledgment came in the wake of the unauthorized release of videos in May. They confirmed the authenticity of the three released videos captured from its aircraft in 2004 and 2015.
They also said it was timed, in part, to tweak the Air Force, which was preparing for a possible rush to the gates of Area 51, the test base in Nevada, but UFO enthusiasts. Many believe Area 51 is the home to extraterrestrial equipment and possibly aliens.
In one of the clearest videos, a pilot’s voice is heard saying “whoa, got it, whoo hoo,” as a dot dashes across the screen.
A second pilot responds, ”Wow. What is that, man?”
The Navy calls the sightings UAPs — not UFOs.
“We are not going to try to characterize anything that may have been seen out there,” Navy spokesperson Joseph Gradisher said in a statement to the media. “But the number of sightings has increased since about 2014 when the advent of new technologies such as drones and quadcopters have come into being.”
Rodeghier said it is very important that the Navy confirmed the videos were taken by Naval personnel.
“I never really doubted that was true but is always good to have the government go on the record and say that these are legitimate,” Rodeghier said.
He noted that the Navy provided dates for the videos, permitting independent investigators to determine where the carrier groups were located when the videos were recorded.
Rodeghier said he is somewhat discouraged that it seems the Navy does not want to go any further in their investigation of what may be on the videos, even though they said there was a continung investigtion. Rodeghier said he hopes Congress will increase its pressure on the service branches to provide more of their information on UFOs, especially the Air Force.
“It’s a long shot but it is possible.”