WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has confirmed the authenticity of videos that show what many believe are unidentified flying objects, all the while maintaining there is nothing unusual about what can be seen.
The videos released are from encounters between military aircraft and said objects in three instances: one in November 2004 and two in January 2015.
One video shows an aircraft accelerate much faster than any plane that the U.S. military has acknowledged being capable of deploying. The videos, captured by Navy pilots, show the objects near Navy ships, hovering for hours with no visible engine exhaust at altitudes of 30,000 feet.
“After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena,” Sue Gough, a Pentagon spokesperson, said Monday in a release to Pentagon reporters.
The Navy had previously acknowledged the three videos are genuine after “unauthorized releases” in 2007 and 2017. They were first reported by Politico last year.
“DOD is releasing the videos in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos,” Gough said. “The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as ‘unidentified’.”
The released videos can be found at the Naval Air Systems Command FOIA Reading Room: https://www.navair.navy.mil/foia/documents.