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In recent years, US Navy Declassifies reports of their pilots having had several strange and often disturbing experiences with unidentified aircraft, as eight newly published records of hazards indicate. The reports, obtained by The Drive through a request for the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), contain descriptions given by the pilots who witnessed each incident, yet do not explain the origin of any of the flying objects involved.

Seven of the eight newly declassified reports come from those piloting the F/A-18F Super Hornets. These incidences too place on the east coast of the U.S. between Virginia and North Carolina to the South. They happened in 2013 and 2014. The eight report comes from 2019 and was spotted and reported by those aboard an EA-18G in an area just north off the Maryland coast.

US Navy Declassifies 8 new UFO Reports
An airspace map of the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States showing the W-72 warning area, where the incidents in seven of the eight reports occurred. The last incident occurred in Warning Area W-386, which is also seen here.

The first case, which occurred on 27 June 2013, involved an object that was “white in color and approximately the size and shape of a drone or missile,” which passed within 200 feet (61 meters) of a Navy aircraft. Interestingly, however, a subsequent review of the radar tapes revealed no aircraft in the area at the time of the sighting. In a later report, dated 26 March 2014, the pilot described a “unknown aircraft [that] appeared to be small in size, approximately the size of a suitcase, and silver in color,” which had been seen from a distance of about 1,000 feet (305 meters) before it had disappeared.

The communicating officer noted that the unauthorized presence of such a small aircraft in the area poses a major safety risk, explaining that “it may only be a matter of time before one of our F/A-18 aircraft has a mid-air collision with an unidentified UAS [unmanned aerial system].”

The release of these documents comes less than a month after the Pentagon took the unexpected step of declassifying three videos showing “unidentified aerial phenomena” (that’s UFOs for the rest of us). After a lot of online speculation about these incidents, the U.S. Department of Defense decided to release the videos in order to “clear the public’s misconceptions as to whether or not the footage was taken in real time.

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