A former navy pilot has spoken out about the time he was “weirded out” when he encountered what he believed was a UFO.
Navy Commander David Fravor was flying over the Pacific Ocean with Navy Lieutenant Commander Jim Slaight in 2004 when the pair were told to investigate mysterious aircraft.
Fravor claims that an operations officer aboard Navy cruiser U.S.S. Princeton told the pair, who were flying F/A-18F Super Hornets off the coast of San Diego, that the Navy observed the objects appearing at 80,000 feet before speeding towards the sea and stopping to hover at 20,000 feet.
The officer added that the objects would then either shoot back up into the sky or drop off the radar completely.
Fravor told the New York Times (NYT) that having approached the area, he witnessed a white, oval aircraft, measuring around 40ft long, hovering 50ft above the churning sea.
Having attempted to get closer to the mystery object, the aircraft began to rise before it quickly flew away, according to Fravor.
He told the NYT: “It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen.”
He added that he was “pretty weirded out” by the experience.
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Fravor claims that the UFO was later picked up on radar, and had travelled between 40 and 60 miles in less than a minute.
Fravor added: “I have no idea what I saw. It had no plumes, wings or rotors and outran our F-18s.”
Navy officials did not investigate the alleged incident further.
Fravor’s claims come after it was revealed that the Pentagon set up a secret multi-million dollar program to investigate UFO sightings.
The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program looked into reports of military encounters with unidentified flying objects.
It ran from 2007 until 2012 before funding was taken away and moved elsewhere.
Pentagon spokeswoman Laura Ochoa said in an email: “It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the Department of Defence to make a change.”