Three videos have been officially released by the Pentagon that depict “unidentified aerial phenomena” in what could be seen as a step toward more transparency surrounding the subject of UFOs. The videos have been confirmed by the military as real footage filmed by Navy fighter pilots.

Recorded on infrared cameras, unidentified flying objects (UFOs) can be seen moving across the ocean at rapid speeds, and in ways that pilots say couldn’t be explained.

Pentagon spokeswoman Sue Gough said the videos were released, “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos,” she said.

“After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems,” said Gough in a statement, “and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena.”

The Navy videos were first leaked between December 2017 and March 2018 by To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences, a company co-founded by former Blink-182 musician Tom DeLonge that said it studies information about unidentified aerial phenomena. The videos show what Navy fighter pilots captured during training flights in 2004 and 2015.

One of the pilots who saw the phenomena in 2004, described it to CNN in 2017, “As I got close to it … it rapidly accelerated to the south, and disappeared in less than two seconds,” said retired US Navy pilot David Fravor. “This was extremely abrupt, like a ping pong ball, bouncing off a wall. It would hit and go the other way.” Fravor said it “looked like a 40-foot long Tic Tac with no wings.”

A classified government program at the time was headed by Luis Elizondo, who told CNN in 2017, “These aircraft—we’ll call them aircraft—are displaying characteristics that are not currently within the U.S. inventory nor in any foreign inventory that we are aware of,” Elizondo said of objects they researched.

“My personal belief is that there is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone,”  Elizondo said in an interview on CNN’s “Erin Burnett OutFront.”

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who tweeted in support of the Pentagon releasing the videos Monday, April 27, had supported the program by helping steer funding toward it in 2007 to investigate UFOs.

The research program to study potential UFOs was shut down, after funding ended in 2012. It supposedly cost $22 million over five years to run the program. Elizondo said the possibility of alien visitors to Earth could not be ruled out.

Navy pilot Fravor said research of UFO’s needs to be investigated. “If it is real, and I think it’s real because I saw it, and what if there’s more of these, and what if we do nothing?” said Fravor.

Aliens Exist? These three videos are among the most famous UFO clips ever, and this recent release suggests military airmen have viewed them and the Pentagon researched their validity.

— IGN (@IGN) April 28, 2020

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