During the pandemic and over the last year, people have been hearing increasingly of UFO sightings. And we are not just talking about sightings by those weird YouTubers and crazy alien fringe theorists: UFO sightings have been regularly picking up the attention of mainstream media reporters. A strong interest in them has even been shown by the Department of Defense, which recently announced the establishment of a UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, basically a fancy term for UFO) Task Force, which will reportedly issue a full report on all the DoD knows about UFOs to Congress by June of this year.
As of right now, three official UFO sightings have been reported by the Department of Defense. These sightings, which were recorded by Navy and Air Force pilots, were classified as UFO sightings because the flying objects were unidentifiable, moving in patterns and at speeds defying human capabilities.
One video showed a craft stopping in midair, accelerating in an instant and then splitting into two separate objects before crashing into the ocean. Another video shows a craft sustaining hypersonic speeds for over 12 hours. One pilot who recorded videos later released by the DoD said he saw these crafts on a daily basis and that “these things would be out there all day… With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.”
High-ranking government officials have heard from DoD sources that there are far more than just these three videos. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada said, “It [the three sightings] only scratches the surface of research and materials available.” In a Fox News interview, former intelligence director John Ratcliffe reported that “there are a lot more sightings than have been made public… things that we are observing that are difficult to explain.” He went on to say that the DoD has more than just video evidence on these unidentified crafts picked up by military sensors and detectors.
In the last five years there has also been a noticeable and consistent spike in reports of UFOs from commercial airline pilots. In 2016, an Air Canada Express pilot reported that it had crossed paths with an “unidentified flying object, round in shape, flying at an approximate speed of 300 knots.” Also in 2016, two Porter Airlines flight attendants were injured when their plane quickly dove to avoid an object appearing “solid… and shaped like an upright doughnut or inner tube.” In 2018, over American airspace, two planes within minutes of one another simultaneously reported that they had seen a mysterious missile-like object. Nothing, however, was picked up on radar. Just recently, in February of 2021, an American Airlines pilot asked over his radio, “Do you have any targets up here? We just had something go right over top of us… I hate to say this but it looked like a long cylindrical object that almost looked like a cruise missile type of thing moving really fast right over the top of us.” Radar indicated nothing had been there.
Although there has been an increase in reports of Unidentified Flying Objects in the last few months, we must remember that UFOs do not immediately equate to extraterrestrials. These flying objects may be a different country’s advanced technology interfering with America. They could even be US military experiments that passenger pilots or other units of the military are unaware of and running into. All these sightings must be taken with a grain of salt, but there seems to be no denying that there has been a noticeable increase in the last few years and the Department of Defense is claiming these UFOs are a serious issue that must be resolved.