Former Navy Pilot:
That UFO we saw and tracked was the real deal
December 20, 2017
(NATIONAL) -- There are UFO sightings, mostly of the dime a dozen variety and then there are serious UFO sightings by highly credible witnesses.
Still image of the UFO taken from film of the event that was shot by US military plane. CLICK TO ENLRGE
Those are the kind, the five to ten percent of all UFO sightings, that leave even people who are die hard skeptics scratching their heads.
Such as the case of now retired US Navy pilot David Fravor. He was a guest on CNN News Tuesday night telling of what he saw with his own eyes in 2004 in the skies near San Diego, California and followed with his jet fighter.
No, it wasn't an airplane he says nor a helicopter nor a mirage. It was an actual flying craft but with no wings like a normal aircraft and it did some pretty strange stuff as it flew through the air.
He told CNN's Jim Sciutto he trusts what he saw with his own two eyes and what was filmed that day in 2004.
It was a flying, 3-dimensonal "white object, oblong, pointing north, moving erratically," he told CNN's Sciutto. He called it about a "40-foot long Tic-Tac," after the candy of the same name.
At the time Fravor was a naval commander sitting in the cockpit of a US aircraft. He said, "As I got close to it ... it rapidly accelerated to the south and disappeared in less than two seconds."
And the way the thing moved in the air, "Was extremely abrupt, like a ping pong ball, bouncing off a wall. It would hit and go the other way," he added.
He said the movements of this craft were unlike anything Fravor had ever seen, mainly due to the craft's agility and the way it handled.
Oh yes. Some very strange handling characteristics. It had. "the ability to hover over the water, and then start a vertical climb, from basically zero up towards about 12,000 feet and then accelerate in less than two seconds and disappear."
And he wasn't the only one that saw it. He was among other aviation experts that day and noted, ""It was an actual object that we tracked ... for somewhere around five minutes, before it rapidly accelerated."
You can see a black and white photo (at upper right) of the craft that they took while tracking it.
Fravor's account of what happened that day in 2004 follows a New York Times article that said the Pentagon had been doing research on the existence of UFO's (a program called the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program) long after the Air's Force's famous "Project Blue Book" was shut down decades ago.
More on the story here .
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