Military officials have released footage of what they say show “unidentified aerial phenomena” or in layman’s terms, “unidentified flying objects.”
The videos, which were released before by a private company, show the objects, which were not identified, flying quickly through the air. They were recorded by infrared cameras, CNN reported.
Two had been recorded in 2015, the other was captured in 2004, USA Today reported.
One person is heard on a clip saying that an object could be a drone.
The Navy confirmed the videos in September, but is just releasing them “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that had been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos,” Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough said, CBS News reported.
Gough said the videos do not contain any sensitive information, CNN reported.
She also said the objects in the videos are still categorized as “unidentified,” CBS News reported.
The Navy has instituted formal guidelines on how pilots report instances where they think they may have seen a possible UFO.
A Navy pilot who saw one of the objects in 2004 told CNN more than a decade later of the experience, “As I got close to it … it rapidly accelerated to the south, and disappeared in less than two seconds.”
David Fravor continued by telling CNN, “This was extremely abrupt, like a ping pong ball bouncing off a wall. It would hit and go the other way.”
From 2007 to 2012, the Pentagon had studied UFO encounters but was stopped because other programs needed funding.
But the former head of the program said: “There is very compelling evidence that we may not be alone.”
“These aircraft — we’ll call them aircraft — are displaying characteristics that are not currently within the US inventory nor in any foreign inventory that we are aware of,” Luis Elizondo said in 2017, according to CNN.