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The F-18 pilot who filmed a famous 2015 UFO encounter gave secret evidence to Congress and explained that he initially thought the flying object was part of training and locked onto it like an adversary.

New, heavily redacted documents released to government document repository The Black Vault reveal that the pilot who encountered an ‘unexplained aerial phenomena’ off the coast near Jacksonville, Florida, in 2015, known as the “Gimbal’ sighting, briefed Senate staffers in 2019 on the event. 

The Navy prefers to call the objects seen in the videos ‘unexplained aerial phenomena’ (UAP), as opposed to the more commonly-used ‘unidentified flying object’ (UFO). 

The naval pilot who encountered the ‘Gimbal’ told Senators that he initially believed the aircraft was part of a training exercise and locked onto it like an adversary. 

‘Towards the end of one of the night flights (redacted) was conducting during the at-sea period, he and his pilot detected an air contact via (redacted) coming from the east and heading towards the ship. Initially thinking it may be a simulated advisory aircraft as well part of the COMPTUEX scenario, he took a (redacted) lock to investigate further,’ the documents said. 

‘The contact was at approximately (redacted) With a stable track file, the tow aircraft determined it was not a ‘false hit’ and they were able to gain a lock via the (redacted) which further indicated the vehicle had a (redacted) It  became clear via (redacted) the pilot maneuvered the (redacted to maintain (redacted)’ the documents added. 

The new documents provide more context to the infamous footage – and additional pictures taken by U.S. Navy pilots between mid-2014 and March 2015, which were leaked to the New York Times three years ago, sparking widespread public interest in the phenomena.

One of the videos was shot in November 2004; the other two were shot in January 2015. The three videos were code-named ‘FLIR1,’ ‘Gimbal,’ and ‘GoFast.’

In the 2015 videos, Navy pilots can be heard expressing disbelief. All three UFO videos were captured by Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets.

The videos were made public and published because of efforts by the New York Times, as well as through efforts by To The Stars Academy, which was founded by Tom Delonge, the founder and lead vocalist for the bands Blink-182 and Angels & Airwaves. 

Public interest in UFOs heightened in 2017 after the release of Navy pilot footage that captured an' unidentified aerial phenomenon' known in UFO circles as 'The Gimbal,' pictured above

Public interest in UFOs heightened in 2017 after the release of Navy pilot footage that captured an' unidentified aerial phenomenon' known in UFO circles as 'The Gimbal,' pictured above

Public interest in UFOs heightened in 2017 after the release of Navy pilot footage that captured an’ unidentified aerial phenomenon’ known in UFO circles as ‘The Gimbal,’ pictured above

The pilot who first encountered the "Gimbal' briefed Senate staffers in 2019 on the event, according to newly released documents

The pilot who first encountered the "Gimbal' briefed Senate staffers in 2019 on the event, according to newly released documents

The pilot who first encountered the “Gimbal’ briefed Senate staffers in 2019 on the event, according to newly released documents

The newly released documents also state that staff members were very receptive to the pilot’s account of events. 

‘The overall atmosphere in this meeting was very professional, the professional staff members were genuinely interested in his account of what happened during his air vehicle detection in (redacted). They continue to show interest in learning more about this types of detection, and are curious as to the way ahead the Navy intends to take.’ 

Two other naval officers who did not have first hand encounters with UFOs also offered up their knowledge to staff members as well.

‘In addition to, two naval officers from ONI (redacted) were also in attendance at this brief. Both of them been part of squadrons based out of NAS Oceana. While they offered no firsthand accounts of detecting anomalous aerial vehicles, they were very familiar with the occurrences and were queried by the PSM a few times as to what they observed and what they learned.’  

In December 2020 it emerged that two Pentagon reports had been produced, providing detailed classified information about strange sightings.

The DoD’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force issued the two classified intelligence ‘position reports’ in 2018 and summer 2020, and they circulated widely in the U.S. intelligence community, according to a detailed account from The Debrief based on interviews with multiple intelligence sources.

The position reports’ startling contents included a leaked photo that has never before been made public, accounts of ‘Unidentified Aerial Phenomena’ (UAP) emerging from the ocean and soaring through the sky, and an admission that extraterrestrial origins for the objects cannot be ruled out.

The leaked photo was was captured in 2018 off the East Coast of the United States by a military pilot using his cell phone camera, the sources said.

The photo was previously described as depicting an ‘unidentified silver ‘cube-shaped’ object’ hovering over the ocean at an altitude of roughly 30,000 to 35,000.

It appears that the image was captured by the backseat weapons systems operator of what appears to be an F/A-18 fighter jet.

Experts were baffled by the photo, but noted that the object somewhat resembles a GPS dropsonde, an atmospheric profiling device designed to be dropped from aircraft, typically over a hurricane.

‘These revelations are extraordinary, and give the public a genuine peek behind the curtain when it comes to how the US government is handling the UFO issue,’ Nick Pope, who investigated UFOs for the UK Ministry of Defence, told DailyMail.com.

This leaked photo, published by The Debrief, depicts an 'unidentified silver 'cube-shaped' object' hovering over the ocean at an altitude of roughly 30,000 to 35,000

This leaked photo, published by The Debrief, depicts an 'unidentified silver 'cube-shaped' object' hovering over the ocean at an altitude of roughly 30,000 to 35,000

This leaked photo, published by The Debrief, depicts an ‘unidentified silver ‘cube-shaped’ object’ hovering over the ocean at an altitude of roughly 30,000 to 35,000

The leaked photo was was captured in 2018 off the East Coast of the United States by a military pilot using his cell phone camera

The leaked photo was was captured in 2018 off the East Coast of the United States by a military pilot using his cell phone camera

The leaked photo was was captured in 2018 off the East Coast of the United States by a military pilot using his cell phone camera

‘What this new information does is confirm that the US government is taking the UFO phenomenon more seriously than ever before,’ he added. ‘I anticipate further revelations shortly.’

The Pentagon has not confirmed the existence of the two position reports, as well as the authenticity of a leaked cockpit photo included in one of the reports.

Even more shocking were the revelations contained in a second, revised report issued by the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force in early 2020.

The report delved deeply into the possibility that UAP are able to freely move both through the air and underwater, zipping through the ocean undetected and emerging into the air at incredible speeds.

The report contained an ‘extremely clear’ photograph of an unidentifiable triangular aircraft that emerged from the ocean in front of a F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilot, sources told The Debrief.   

Source: dailymail

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