One of the pilots whose encounter with a mysterious – and still unexplained – object off the coast of the US in 2004 says whatever it was, it committed an “act of war”.
In November 2004, anomalies had been detected on radar off the coast of California. Commander David Fravor, then a US Navy pilot, was dispatched to investigate – later describing what he saw as “like nothing I’ve ever seen” – a 14m-long Tic Tac-shaped object able to turn on a dime and make itself invisible to radar.
He was followed by other pilots who managed to catch it on video. Clips were leaked in 2017 by a UFO research group founded by punk singer Tom DeLonge of Blink 182, and formally declassified in 2020 by the Pentagon.
Fravor recently appeared on a podcast hosted by MIT research scientist Lex Fridman, who called him “one of the most credible witnesses” in the history of UFO research.