A former Navy pilot who was once part of a US military programme that investigates unidentified foreign objects (UFO) recalled an incident where he saw a strange object in the sky.
In 2004 Commander David Fravor was flying over the pacific ocean off the coast of San Diego with his partner Commander Jim Slaight, they told theNew York Times.
They were conducting a routine training operation when they received a call from the radio operator. He told them the military had been tracking a strange object in the area for about two weeks. The object’s bizarre behaviour - descending thousands of feet, hovering above the ocean and blinking in and out of their scope of view - had piqued their interest.
The operator instructed Fravor and Slaight to investigate, and the two pilots approached the coordinates in F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets.
At first they didn’t pick up on any objects, and their radar hadn’t noticed anything either.
Then, as Commander Fravor looked down at the sea, he noticed something hovering on the surface, causing the water to froth as though it were boiling.
Taking a closer look, Fravor noticed that it was an aircraft, but of a type he’d never seen before. It was a “whitish” colour, 40 feet long and ovular in shape.
Fravor descended towards the object, which came up to meet him before sharply veering off.
In 2017 he told the New York Times:
It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen. [I was] pretty weirded out.
The strange aircraft came close to his aircraft once more as they were heading to a military rendezvous point before disappearing.
Fravor’s account accompanies a recorded video he took, which does show an object moving from side to side hovering on the surface of the ocean.
The former pilot is convinced the object was extraterrestrial.
I can tell you, I think it was not from this world. I'm not crazy, haven't been drinking. It was — after 18 years of flying, I've seen pretty much about everything that I can see in that realm, and this was nothing close.