'What the F--k Is That Thing?' New Footage Shows Navy Pilots Encountering UFO

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'What the F--k Is That Thing?' New Footage Shows Navy Pilots Encountering UFO
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Newly-released video of an encounter between U.S. Navy pilots and an Unidentified Flying Object in 2015 is raising eyebrows and questions about government concealment of extraterrestrial encounters. The release of the footage on Friday, March 9th by To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science (TTSA) comes just a few weeks after Luis Elizondo, a former program director at the Pentagon's Advanced Aerial Threat Identification Program and the current Director of Global Security & Special Programs at TTSA, described a cache of extraterrestrial metal alloys being stored by Bigelow Aerospace in Las Vegas. Bigelow Aerospace's founder and CEO, Robert Bigelow, has gone on record saying that he is "absolutely convinced" of the presence of extraterrestrial life, even hinting that it may have already been encountered. "You don't have to go anywhere," he said in an interview reported by Live Science, "It's just, like, right under people's noses."

According to the TTSA, the footage was captured by a high-powered infrared targeting sensor aboard a U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet flying at 25,000 feet off the East Coast of the United States. It shows a fast moving white blip being tracked – or almost being tracked – as it flies over what appears to be the sea.



The TTSA describes the scene as follows:

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"The unidentified vehicle appears as a white oval shape moving at high speed from top right to lower left of the screen flying very low over the water. Initially, the sensor is unable to capture the object. The Weapon Systems Operator (WSO) steers the sensor ahead of the object to attempt another capture. On the third attempt, the sensor tracking capture is successful. The sensor is now in "autotrack" mode, where the sensor uses contrast and other parameters to lock-on to a target, automatically keeping it centered in the sensors viewing frame. This mode can track objects that possess speeds and accelerations within defined limits, which are set by expected target maneuver limits. Autotrack was developed because manual target track with an optical sensor is very difficult. The automatic modes in the ATFLIR system, specifically "autotrack", reduces operator workload to facilitate target assessment and engagement. The operator expresses excitement at having successfully captured the object and the sensor is tracking it."
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The shocked voices of the as-yet-unidentified pilots can be heard throughout the recording.

"What the fuck is that thing?" one exclaims.

"Oh my gosh, dude! Look at that flying!" gasps another.

The video is the third video to make headlines since last December's New York Times cover story about the Pentagon's secret UFO program, which Pentagon spokesman Thomas Crosson says was shut down in 2012 after "it was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding, and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change." The TTSA's Elizondo, however, claims that although funding dried up, research continues to this day. 

In an op-ed published in The Washington Post on Friday, Christopher Mellon, a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence in the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations and an adviser to the TTSA, warns that a more cohesive system should be implemented in the government's handling of UFO encounters. "There is no Pentagon process for synthesizing all the observations the military is making," Mellon writes, adding, "The current approach is equivalent to having the Army conduct a submarine search without the Navy. It is also reminiscent of the counterterrorism efforts of the CIA and the FBI before Sept. 11, 2001, when each had information on the hijackers that they kept to themselves."  

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