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Much to many people's surprise, the U.S. Navy has confirmed for the first time ever that Unidentifiable Flying Objects, or UFOs, are indeed real. This comes after footage of such UFOs were caught on camera.
The actual footage was caught by U.S. Navy pilots and then shown online by a private research group, To The Stars Academy of Arts and Science, which is run and founded by musician Tom DeLonge.
At the time of discovery, these videos were supposedly declassified, but now it appears they weren't, causing a bit of a stir within the U.S. Navy.
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What do the videos show?
Officially, the term Unidentifiable Flying Object is not in use. Nowadays the term has changed to Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP). This is what a spokesperson from the U.S. Navy has told The Black Vault — the largest civilian archive of declassified government documents.
The US Navy has officially acknowledged that UFOs are real and violate American airspace. https://t.co/ZCQRjXeBQ4— VICE (@VICE) September 17, 2019
"The Navy designates the objects contained in these videos as unidentified aerial phenomena," said Joseph Gradisher, official spokesperson for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, told The Black Vault's author John Greenewald.
Now, this does not mean that aliens were caught on camera, or that the Navy is pointing in that direction. It merely means that the objects caught in the film cannot be identified — hence the name UAP.
The reason it's believed that the Navy never wanted this information shared with the general public is due to Gradisher's comment: "The Navy has not released the videos to the general public."
So, even if there isn't enough information to decipher precisely what these flying objects are, it's still interesting to hear the Navy use the term 'Unidentifiable Aerial Phenomena,' and that the public now knows of this.
Roger Glassel, a writer for Swedish magazine UFO-Aktuellt, said, "That the Navy is using the term 'Unidentified Aerial Phenomena' shows that they have broadened what is expected to be reported by US fighter pilots to investigate anything unknown in their airspace that in the past has been connected with a stigma."
Now that stigmas are mostly set aside, it's time to try and figure out exactly what these flying objects are.