Expert Reveals the Photo at the Center of the Pentagon UFO Story Is Fake
Has the photo at the center of the controversy surrounding the Pentagon's secret UFO program officially been debunked?
A lot of people want to believe, especially the UFO organization started by Blink 182's former singer Tom DeLonge, the To The Stars Academy.
At a presentation this past October, an academy member named Chris Mellon, who served for 20 years in various national security positions in the US government, pointed to a famously cited photo of a supposed UFO and claimed that it was the craft spotted in the 2004 "Nimitz incident," in which pilots witnessed a craft that seemed to "defy the laws of physics."
Unfortunately, Express.co.uk has revealed that not only is the photo of the infamous "white Tic-Tac UFO" most likely a distorted picture of a mylar party balloon, the photo wasn't even taken in 2004 near the Nimitz incident—it was photographed in 2005, in Manchester, England.
According to UFO investigator Steve Mera, who investigated the original sighting in England: "Truth of the matter is... it was taken in Eccles, Manchester and I investigated the case. Likelihood... it was a novelty balloon, a number 'one.' Someone manipulated the photo a little by increasing its brightness."
The photo somehow found its way into an article about the Nimitz incident published in 2015, where it was apparently picked up by members of DeLonge's academy and included in the October presentation, where Mellon commented:
"Clearly this is not a US experimental aircraft, but whose is it? How did it accomplish these feats? This story may sound like a sci-fi movie, but it is a true story, and far from being the only one of its kind."
Despite the organization boasting a collection of highly qualified government officials and experts, the fact that the To The Stars Academy didn't put due diligence into researching the photo or its connection to the Nimitz incident makes them less than trustworthy when it comes to separating facts from fiction. This is reinforced by DeLonge's claim in November that a CGI hoax video of a triangular UFO was genuine, despite quickly being revealed as a fake, similar to the "alien interview" that went viral on YouTube in 2016.
If the Academy is going to live up to its reputation, it had better start getting a better fact-checking team fast.