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Navy Confirms UFO Videos Are Real and Show Unidentified Aerial Phenomena

September 19, 2019 in History

By Becky Little

It was in HISTORY’s series ‘Unidentified’ that the active-duty Navy pilots who encountered the crafts first came forward to share their stories.

The U.S. Navy has confirmed that three F-18 gun-camera videos first released by The New York Times and a UFO research organization show “unidentified aerial phenomena,” or UAPs—a more formal term for UFOs that doesn’t have all the little-green-men baggage.

The Times originally released two of the videos in

To see the first interviews given by the active-duty U.S. Navy personnel who saw the UFOs in the videos—in which they talk about the full context of their sightings—go to 1:02:57 in this episode of ‘Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation.’ [NOTE: Paywall content]

The history of U.S. government interest in UFOs

The U.S. military has actually been interested in UFOs for a long time, going back to 1948 with the U.S. Air Force’s Project Sign. The year before, a businessman named Kenneth Arnold had claimed that, while flying a plane near Mount Rainier in Washington state, he’d spied nine crescent-shaped objects speeding along “like saucers skipping on water.” Newspaper accounts that mixed up his words helped popularize the term “flying saucer.” Reports of this sighting led more people to claim they’d seen UFOs, and the Air Force decided to study these claims. In the Cold War context, the military was eager to know whether the growing numbers of reports about supposed “flying saucers” might actually be some kind of advanced Soviet spy crafts.

READ MORE: Why Have There Been So Many UFO Sightings Near Nuclear Facilities?

Project Sign was succeeded by another Air Force program called Project Grudge, which started and ended in 1949. The people who worked on Project Grudge concluded that UFO sightings were the result of hysteria, hoaxes, mental illness or the misidentification of known objects. Even so, in 1952 the Air Force established another program called Project Blue Book, the longest-running official government inquiry into UFOs. By the time Project Blue Book ended in 1969, the Air Force had investigated more than 12,000 UFO sightings, 701 of which remained unexplained.

Unlike the Navy’s current system for its pilots and personnel to report UAP sightings, Project Blue Book documented and investigated accounts from anyone, military or civilian. At one point, it even had a questionnaire that allowed people to document their UFO sighting. “Draw a picture that will show the shape of …read more

Source: HISTORY

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