Pilots

2023

On a clear, sunny day in April 2014, two F/A-18s took off for an air combat training mission off the coast of Virginia. The jets, part of my Navy fighter squadron, climbed to an altitude of 12,000 and steered towards Warning Area W-72, an exclusive block of airspace ten miles east of Virginia Beach. All traffic into the training area goes through a single GPS point at a set altitude — almost like a doorway into a massive room where military jets can operate without running into other aircraft. Just at the moment the two jets crossed the threshold, one of the pilots saw a dark gray cube inside of a clear sphere — motionless against the wind, fixed directly at the entry point. The jets, only 100 feet apart, zipped past the object on either side. The pilots had come so dangerously close to something they couldn’t identify that they terminated the training mission immediately and returned to base.

— Ryan Graves
Lieutenant, US Navy
F/A-18 Pilot
Feb 28, 2023

In my opinion, I’ve seen enough evidence inside the anomalous bucket to consider that there is another entity, a consciousness, there is something there that is other.

— Ryan Graves
Lieutenant, US Navy
F/A-18 Pilot

2021

There was something in the water… There was churning… We were all clamoring to get on the radio. ‘Do you see, in the water, what the f* is that?.’ No windows. No flight surfaces. Smooth. White. No intakes. No smoke trails. It looked like a giant Tic Tac. Maybe 40 feet. Large enough to scare the crap out of me. It was so unnerving because it was so unpredictable. High g[-force turns], rapid velocity, rapid acceleration, so you’re thinking ‘How can I possibly fight this?’…

[Commander Fravor] had that fighting instinct, so it wasn’t surprising his actions on that day. This object seemed to recognize that we were there and went from low altitude to maneuvering in an erratic very rapid manner. The hair on the back of my neck is standing up. I am thinking I am going to be watching a disaster.

— Alex Dietrich
Lieutenant, US Navy
F/A-18 Pilot

2020

They came in like this and went out like this [makes a v]. There would be no way to make a complete reversal or 90 degree turn at 12,000 miles [per hour] or greater without making the occupants juice on the wall. That kind of really shook us up… Nothing could have gotten to that degree of scientific progress without some of the intermediate steps becoming public knowledge. We just knew that they were not from this planet.

— William Nash
Pan American pilot, former fighter pilot
Oct 6, 2020

Nothing accelerates that fast… I doubt that we have developed that technology.

— David Fravor
Commander, US Navy
F/A-18 Pilot and Black Aces Squadron Commander
Oct 6, 2020

2019

[Commenting on the 2015 GIMBAL video] It is definitely rotating, or changing angle of bank. It appears to have stopped moving quickly across the horizon. I have no idea. I have always been skeptical… but I have never seen anything remotely like what I saw today. I am a lot more convinced now that these vehicles do exist.

— Christopher Cooke
Lt Colonel, US Marines
Pilot

The thing that stood out to me the most was how erratic it was behaving. And what I mean by erratic is that its changes in altitude, air speed, and aspect were just unlike things that I’ve ever encountered before flying against other air targets. It was just behaving in ways that aren’t physically normal. That’s what caught my eye. Because aircraft, whether they are manned or unmanned, still have to obey the laws of physics. They have to have some source of lift, some propulsion. The Tic Tac was not doing that. It was going from like 50,000 feet to, you know, 100 feet in like seconds, which is not possible.

— Chad Underwood
Lieutenant, US Navy
F/A-18 Pilot
Jan 1, 2019

I kind of pull a nose to where he is going to be, he just rapidly accelerates beyond anything that I have ever seen, crosses my nose, and it’s gone. And I’m like ‘woah’… The controller from the [USS] Princeton comes up right as we are doing all this and says ‘Hey sir, you are not going to believe this. That thing is at your CAP [combat air patrol] point.’ You got something that can accelerate and disappear and then show up 60 miles away [> 3,600 mph]. Kind of in awe a little bit because we don’t have that…

— David Fravor
Commander, US Navy
F/A-18 Pilot and Black Aces Squadron Commander

This thing would go instantaneous from one way to another similar to if you threw a ping pong ball against a wall. And we start to kind of orbit because we are going to watch this thing… It is still doing its erratic thing around this disturbance in the water and I say ‘Hey, I am going to go check it out, I am going to go down there’… And all of a sudden it goes [zip] and it kind of turns, now it’s mirroring us, it seems to know we are here… It goes from almost a hover, to a pretty aggressive climb up to our altitude. So now there is a bit of fear because you have no idea what it is. It is actually reacting to what we are doing.

— David Fravor
Commander, US Navy
F/A-18 Pilot and Black Aces Squadron Commander

2010

At about 11 pm on the evening of September 18, 1976, citizens were frightened by the circling of an unknown object over Tehran at a low altitude. It looked similar to a star, but bigger and brighter… And then I saw it. It was flashing with intense red, green, orange, and blue lights so bright I was not able to see its body… I approached, and I got close to it, maybe 70 miles or so in a climb situation. All of a sudden, it jumped about 10 degrees to the right, in an instant! [6.7 miles]. Ten degrees… And then it jumped 10 degrees, and then again… We now had a good [radar] return on the screen, and it was at 27 miles… At this moment, I thought this was my chance to fire at it. But it — whatever it was — was close to me, my weapons jammed and my radio communications were garbled. We got closer, to 25 miles at our twelve o’clock position. All of a sudden it jumped back to 27 miles in an instant… I was really scared… I attempted to fire, and looked at the panel to confirm my selection of the missile. Suddenly, nothing was working. The weapons control panel was out, and I lost all the instruments, and the radio. The indicator dials were spinning around randomly, and the instruments were fluctuating… [the UAP] started circling around us.

— Parviz Jafari
General, Iranian Air Force

1947

I kept looking for their tails. They don’t have any tails. I thought well something is wrong with my eyes. They seemed to flip and flash in the sun just like a mirror. I’d be glad to confirm it with my hands on a bible because I did see it. Whether it has anything to do with our army or some foreign country, I don’t know.

— Kenneth Arnold
Pilot
Jan 1, 1947