UFO sighting: Mysterious ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’ spotted by US Navy

The videos are called “FLIR1,” “Gimbal” and “GoFast” and first appeared on The Black Vault, a web site that specialises in declassified government documents. “FLIR1” is from November 14, 2004, and “Gimbal” and “GoFast” are from January 21, 2015. Joseph Gradisher, official spokesperson for the deputy chief of naval operations for information warfare, said the videos show some of the unexplained aerial phenomena (UAP) sightings that the Navy is investigating.

He told History: “Those three videos are just part of a larger effort by the US Navy to try and investigate a series of incursions into our training ranges by phenomena that we’re calling unidentified aerial phenomena.

“Our aviators train as they fight. So when they’re out there training, if there’s an incursion by any kind of aerial vehicle phenomena, whatever, it puts the safety of our aviators at risk as well as the security of our training operations.”

The navy was not able to identify what the phenomena in the videos was.

The navy considers UAPs like these a “national security and safety problem” because they are not supposed to be in US airspace. 

The navy recently announced it had started a process for pilots and other personnel to report UAPs so that records of these sightings are more consistent and easier to investigate.

Mr Gradisher told HISTORY the navy is trying to reduce the stigma of reporting UAPs, which in the past pilots may have been encouraged not to report. 

He said: “We want to get beyond that stigma, and encourage our aviators to report anything that they’re seeing out there.”

Nick Pope, who worked for the UK’s Ministry of Defence’s UFO program from 1991 to 1994, believes there are four possible explanations for the recent UAPs identified by the US Navy.

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He argues there may be “errors in pilot or computer perception, a secret U.S. project being blind tested without the navy’s knowledge, a foreign government’s aircraft or something completely unknown”.

He said: “What I think the navy’s recent statement does, is it probably takes off the table the first of those explanations.

“I think the clear perception is the Navy thinks we’re dealing with something real and tangible here. So not misidentifications, misperceptions, glitches or such.”

The US military has been interested in UFOs since1948 after US Air Force’s Project Sign was created.

It came about after a businessman called Kenneth Arnold said he had seen nine crescent-shaped objects speeding along “like saucers skipping on water” while he was flying a plane near Mount Rainier in Washington state.

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Newspaper reports then coined the term “flying saucer.” 

Reports of this sighting also resulted in more people claiming they had seen UFOs, leading to the Air Force deciding to look further into these claims.

During the Cold War, the military tried to find out whether the growing numbers of reports about supposed “flying saucers” might actually be advanced Soviet spy crafts.

But back in the present day, the Navy has confirmed it will not be revealing many details on the UAPs it’s investigating.

Area 51: Secret base ‘definitely’ contains secrets – ‘possibly’ alien bodies, says author

Around 200 people were attracted to the entrance of the base, officially known as Homey Airport or Groom Lake yesterday, after a Facebook event calling for people to “storm” the secret facility attracted more than a million people confirming their plans to attend. This was despite warnings they could be shot. James Abbott, who published the second volume in his Outsider’s Guide to UFOs last month, said he had been following the events in Nevada with interest.

And he claimed the tongue-in-cheek nature of the event masked the seriousness of the situation.

He explained: “Does Area 51 contain things that the US Government does not wish the public to know about?

“Most definitely. Do its hangars and bunkers conceal alien spacecraft and alien bodies? Possibly.

“Do those same structures hide US-built flying saucers? Highly unlikely.

“The technology is way beyond us at present.”

Mr Abbott added: “Any right-thinking government will have moved any highly sensitive material out of Area 51 long ago.”

“There are literally thousands of pretty secure places to hide bits of flying saucers, alien bodies and advanced technology.”

Mr Abbott also suggested any “invasion” of the base could also serve a more sinister purpose – espionage.

He said: “The people who are planning to invade Area 51 should bear in mind are two things.

“Firstly: anyone who takes part in a forced invasion of the area will benefit no-one except certain foreign governments whose agents will be among the thousands of quiet and unassuming hangers-on fully armed with cameras and sensors.

“Secondly: the first rule of concealment is that things are often best hidden in plain sight.”

Speaking in August, Mr Abbott suggested almost every developed country on Earth had its own version of Area 51.

He said: “If they exist in Russia, China, America and even Britain there’s no doubt that the best brains will be thrown at them and that the whole thing will be kept top-secret just in case one of those brainboxes manages to crack the technology.”

Irrespective, he argued the huge appetite for all things extraterrestrial, along with persistent rumours about, and secrecy policies adhered to by, all military facilities, put the US Government in a tricky situation.

Among the UFO enthusiasts and curiosity seekers, one man wore an orange space suit and some sported tin foil hats and alien masks, and the US military was forced to issue a stern warning to any would-be trespassers.

Mr Abbott said: “You have to feel a certain amount of sympathy for the US Government.

“Even if they threw Area 51 open to public tours or to controlled groups for investigatory inspections, no-one would ever believe that there was nothing unusual being hidden there and concealed even from the most official of inspections.

“Governments are the villains whatever they say.”

Loch Ness Monster ‘spotted’ in rare video – but blink and you’ll miss it

The Loch Ness Monster has long been believed to be a dinosaur or mythical creature that resides in Loch Ness in Scotland. It has recently been proposed that the Loch Ness Monster is an eel-like creature and this recent footage supports this theory. The Ness District Salmon Fishery Board had been recording within the river Ness when they spotted something they believed to be peculiar.

While a fish can be seen swimming in the foreground, in the background a faint outline of a large eel-like creature can be seen quickly passing in and out of frame.

Due to the murkiness of the water, the complete shape and identity of the creature cannot be clearly seen.

However, Loch Ness Monster theorists have insisted this provides evidence the allusive creature is still alive and is, in fact, more similar to an eel in shape.

The Ness fishery board shared the video to Twitter fanning the flames of those who are convinced of the Loch Ness Monster’s existence.

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The post said: “Let’s be honest.

“When you see a large, eel-shaped object passing your camera in the river Ness, the first thing you think of is the Loch Ness Monster.”

The eel theory was recently proposed by scientist from New Zealand’s University of Otago and based off of DNA analysis of hundreds of samples pulled from the Scottish lake.

University of Otago geneticist Professor Neil Gemmell announced his results earlier this month.

Area 51: Alien hunters descend on secretive US military base as they demand answers on ET

However, most did not attempt to enter the site, long rumoured to house secrets about extraterrestrial life. A festive scene emerged around 3am local time (10am BST) on Friday, the date and time a Facebook user had jokingly invited people to run into the base on foot.

The event’s details section stated: “We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry.

“If we naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Lets see them aliens.”

Naruto is a reference to a popular Japanese anime character.

Among the UFO enthusiasts and curiosity seekers, one man wore an orange space suit and some sported tin foil hats and alien masks. 

A sign in the gathering read: “Free ET from the government.”

One young woman ducked under a protective gate and was briefly detained by authorities and released.

Others stayed outside the perimeter, according to law enforcement officials keeping watch over the crowd.

Orlando Guerra of the Nevada Department of Public Safety Investigation Division: “They’re just here to see what’s going on. In fact, they’re here to have fun.”

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The US government did not confirm the base existed until 2013, when it released CIA archives saying the site was used to test top-secret spy planes.

The documents, however, did not end suspicion about space aliens there.

Area 51 sits about 12 miles (19 km) from Rachel, Nevada, a tiny outpost north of Las Vegas that is hosting a music festival to entertain any UFO hunters or others heading to the region.

Some residents had urged the public to stay away because they worried the town of 50 year-round residents would be overwhelmed with unruly tourists.

As of early Friday, a few hundred campsites had been set up by visitors outside the Little A’Le’Inn, an alien-themed motel and restaurant that is Rachel’s only business.

Connie West co-owner of the inn, who had scrambled to set up a campground, bring in portable toilets and otherwise support the influx of visitors, said: “I’m relieved it’s here.

“It’s happening. There was no stopping it.”

End of the world: Bible scholar’s prediction for Jesus Christ return is shockingly close

In 1970, American Christian writer Harold Lindsey made headlines after claiming to have unlocked the secrets of the Bible. Mr Lindsey said he had successfully predicted the apocalypse after decoding Matthew 24:32-33, suggesting the generation that saw the 1948 rebirth of Israel as a nation – apparently symbolised by the fig tree—would see the return of Jesus Christ. The author stated that a biblical generation is “something like 40 years” and suggested that “within 40 years or so of 1948, all these things could take place”.

When Jesus did not return, Mr Lindsey came under heavy criticism, but World Bible Society President Kenton Beshore would later argue his prediction over a biblical generation was incorrect.

Mr Beshore, who sadly passed away in 2016 said: “Jesus says in Matthew 24:34 that this ‘born one,’ or ‘this generation’ will not pass away until all these things are fulfilled.

“He pictures Israel as a Jewish boy, born May 14, 1948, that would grow up and become an old man until he comes in glory to establish his millennial kingdom. 

“Now, how long is this generation, this ‘born one’? The first meaning of ‘born one’ is in Psalm 90:10. 

“If you extend that from 1948, the outside date for the millennium would be 2028.”

However, Mr Beshore says the end of the world could be closer than we think.

He added: “Take off seven years for the Tribulation and the outside date for the rapture would be 2021. 

“The rapture could take place before that, but certainly by then.

“The Lord will return before Israel becomes an old man by age 80 in 2028, and seven years earlier to rapture the church.”

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Navy UFO video: Worrying reason US Navy hid ‘genuine’ footage from public exposed

The US Navy has admitted clips of a UFO from 2004 in California and 2015 in Florida are authentic. However, the US Navy insisted the UFO footage was never meant to be released to the public. Space journalist Kate Arkless Gray speculated on why the military footage was never intended to be released, referring to matters of “national security”.

She told Sky News: “Plenty of people are interested in this kind of thing, there’s always this idea that you can’t get to the truth.

“Anything you don’t have immediately available to you, a lot of people will say ’this is because they don’t want you to know what’s really out there’, but it could be more that it’s matters of national security for example.

“If these things that are coming close to US ships or planes could be coming close to other countries, perhaps that’s something more of a national security matter rather than aliens from other worlds trying to visit us.”

On the leaked UFO videos, Ms Arkless Gray explained earlier in the interview: “Well what we can see is the footage has been confirmed from the Navy, they themselves are not absolutely clear what these objects are.

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Navy UFO sighting: the US Navy admitted the three clips are authentic (Image: Sky News/US Navy)

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Navy UFO video: Kate Arkless Gary claimed it could have been a “national security” matter (Image: Sky News)

“As far as I know it’s not been officially classified this footage, but because it was shared outside of the Navy a number of years ago, they decided not to follow up and put in any sort of investigation as to who had leaked these clips.“

On whether the UFOs could be signs of extraterrestrial life, she added: “There’s always this idea, one of the big questions we have is are we alone, is there other life out there in the universe, could it be intelligent life.

“It is really exciting to think that there could be other life forms out there. But unfortunately, and I hold my hands up as a big fan of the X Files, I had the famous poster on my room at university ‘I want to believe’.

“I really want to believe these things are out there, but I think it’s more likely that if we do find any sign of life out there it’s going to be from scientific exploration of planetary bodies such as Mars.

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Navy UFO video: Kate Arkless Gray made the comments on Sky News (Image: Sky News)

“And if we find something then it’s more likely to be some evidence of bacterial life forms or something that’s not quite walking around in a humanoids form with green skin and an antennae.”

In the three leaked US Navy videos, several mysterious objects can be seen travelling through the air at a high speed. In the background of the black and white UFO footage, a person can be heard saying: “There’s a whole fleet of them. Oh my gosh… they’re all going against the wind. The wind is 120 knots to the west. Look at that thing!”

Later someone can be heard exclaiming: “Hahaha, woo! What the f*** is that thing? Did you box a moving target?” Another person replies: “No, it’s on auto track.”

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Navy UFO video: the footage was never intended to be released to the public (Image: US Navy/Sky News)

A spokesman for Senator Mark Warner, the vice-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, said of the UFO footage: “If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that’s a safety concerned Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom of.”

Ed Booth, an aviation expert for News4Jax studied the shocking UFO footage and insisted that US Navy Pilots are instructed to report on these sightings.

He added: “What this object is that shows up in this video remains to be seen. It’s very interesting, it’s certainly moving in ways atmospheric aircraft are not capable of moving.”

US president Donald Trump discussed UFO reports with ABC News in June as he explained he had been briefed on the matter. He said: “I want them to think whatever they think. They do say, and I’ve seen it, and I’ve read and I’ve heard. I did have one very brief meeting on it, but people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly.”

When asked about whether extraterrestrial life had been confirmed, the US president replied: “Well I think my great pilots would now, our great pilots would now. They see things a little bit different from the past, so we’re going to see, we’re watching and you’ll be the first to know.”

A Navy spokesman explained that the reporting on UFOs would fall under “privileged and classified information”. This is so that the military aviation safety organisation can “preserve the free and honest prioritisation and discussion of safety among aircrew”.

The Navy spokesman added the new guidelines are a response to unknown, advanced aircraft flying into or near Navy strike groups of classified or sensitive military facilities.

World’s largest amphibian caught in terrifying video as scientists make amazing discovery

A 74-year-old museum specimen has been identified as a new species of giant salamander and deemed to be the world’s biggest amphibian. Amphibians are vertebrate – animals with a backbone. They are cold-blooded, which means that their body temperature changes with their surroundings.

They spend part of their lives in water (breathing with gills) and part of their lives on land (breathing with lungs).

Chinese giant salamanders were previously considered to be one single species.

But researchers have identified evidence that shows more species actually exist.

The Chinese giant salamander has a mass of 25-30kg.

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The Chinese Giant Salamander (Image: PA Media)

The giant salamander has a mass of 25-30kg.

The giant salamander has a mass of 25-30kg. (Image: PA Media)

It is up to 1.2m long.

The animal is critically endangered in the wild.

Harvesting for the luxury food trade has led to a collapse in numbers across China.

Researchers analysed 17 specimens from the Natural History Museum.

The animal is critically endangered in the wild.

The animal is critically endangered in the wild. (Image: PA Media)

One of these was a 74-year-old museum specimen that once lived at Zoological Society of London Zoo.

Professor Samuel Turvey is the study lead author and a conservation scientist at ZSL.

He said: “It’s amazing in this day and age that it took until now to work out what the world’s largest amphibian is.”

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A third distinct lineage was also discovered

A third distinct lineage was also discovered (Image: PA Media)

This has now been named as a new species and probably the world’s biggest amphibian.

A third distinct lineage was also discovered but is yet to be named.

This is because it has only been identified by tissue samples.

The idea of there being two salamander species was first proposed in the 1920s.

However it has only just been revisited with the findings supporting the century-old theory.

MH370 revelation: How disaster ‘shifted world’s attention’ away from huge event

Malaysia Airlines flight 370 went missing on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 239 people aboard the aircraft. Meanwhile, in February – March 2014, Russia annexed the Crimean peninsula, following a military intervention in the Ukrainian revolution. In July that year another Malaysia Airlines plane – MH17 – was actually shot down over Crimea, killing 298 people.

Science journalist Jeff Wise told Channel 5 documentary ‘Flight MH370’ that he believes it was Russian military intelligence behind the MH370 disappearance.

He claimed the Russian Government wanted to distract the world from the conflict in Crimea.

Mr Wise said: “It turns out that the people who did it were the Russians – this was an effort by Russian military intelligence.

“You have to understand this comes in the context of Russia has just annexed Crimea.

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“It’s getting a lot of heat for it and would really love for people to talk about something else, anything else.

“And so the world’s attention shifts completely away from this nasty business in Ukraine and all the way over here.”

The basis for Mr Wise’s theory is the idea that Russian intelligence officers managed to interfere with the plane’s communications to make it send out false information.

The official investigation concluded that the plane most likely ended up at the bottom of the Indian Ocean.

“It is possible to create a set of data that looks like it’s taking you to the southern Indian Ocean when it’s actually going in the opposite direction.

“So you could create what is essentially a false trail of breadcrumbs.”

No wreckage from MH370 has ever been discovered in the Indian Ocean, but debris has washed up on islands in the sea, as well as on the west coast of Africa.

Mr Wise claimed these were “planted evidence” used to further mislead the authorities.

He pointed out that just a few months later, a “sister ship” to MH370 – one of only 14 Malaysia Airlines 777-200ER planes in the world – was shot down by Russia-backed rebels in Crimea.

Suggesting these could be related, he said: “If you’ve carried out this incredibly technically sophisticated act of altering Inmarsat data in a way to provide this really subtle innuendo about where the plane went, throwing a piece of plane in the ocean is easy.”

However, other experts have dismissed Mr Wise’s theory.

What are they hiding? US Navy confirms UFO video – but it wasn’t meant for public release

The clips of the UFO are from 2004 in California and 2015 in Florida respectively and recently sparked a barrage of alien conspiracy theories. This week the Navy confirmed that the videos were authentic as viewers attempt to gauge whether this marks proof of aliens visiting Earth. Senator Mark Warner, the vice-chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee was brief on the phenomenon in addition to the staff of the Armed Service and Defence Appropriations.

A spokesperson for Mr Warner said: “If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that’s a safety concerned Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom off.

Unidentified flying object briefings have been on the rise since it was revealed that the Pentagon’s secretive Aerospace Threat Identification program continues to investigate reported sightings of unknown aircraft.

Ed Booth, an aviation expert for News4Jax studied the shocking footage and insisted that Navy Pilots are instructed to report on these sightings.

He added: “What this object is that shows up in this video remains to be seen.

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The Navy have insisted the UFO footage is genuine (Image: NAVY)

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Donald Trump admitted to being briefed on the UFO’s earlier this year (Image: ABC)

“It’s very interesting, it’s certainly moving in ways atmospheric aircraft are not capable of moving.”

US president Donald Trump discussed the UFO reports with ABC News in June as he explained he had been briefed on the matter.

He said: “I want them to think whatever they think.

“They do say, and I’ve seen it, and i’ve read and I’ve heard.

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Pilots announced their surprise after encountering the UFOs (Image: NAVY)

“I did have one very brief meeting on it, but people are saying they’re seeing UFOs.

“Do I believe it? Not particularly.”

When asked about whether extraterrestrial life had been confirmed the president replied: “Well I think my great pilots would now, our great pilots would now.

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The Navy have updated their guidelines regarding reporting UFOs (Image: Getty)

“They see things a little bit different from the past, so we’re going to see, we’re watching and you’ll be the first to know.”

A Navy spokesman explained that the reporting on UFOs would fall under “privileged and classified information”.

This is so that the military aviation safety organisation can “preserve the free and honest prioritisation and discussion of safety among aircrew”.

The Navy spokesman added the new guidelines are a response to unknown, advanced aircraft flying into or near Navy strike groups of classified or sensitive military facilities.

UFO shock: Donald Trump ‘briefed’ on genuine sightings – ‘People say they’ve seen them!’

Trump was interviewed in June after footage of ‘unexplained aerial phenomena’ caused a stir when it was released in 2017. He was interviewed by ABC News, claiming he was briefed on the recent rise in US Navy pilots reporting unidentified aircraft. Interviewer George Stephanopolous pressed Trump, asking him what he made of the claims.

Trump said: “I think it’s probably – I want them to think whatever they think. They do say, and I’ve seen, and I’ve read, and I’ve heard. And I did have one very brief meeting on it.

“But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particularly.”

He was then asked if he thought he would know if extraterrestrial life had been confirmed.

Trump replied: “Well, I think my great pilots would know. Our great pilots would know.”

This comes as UFO sightings from the US Navy confirmed the spectacular footage of “unexplained aerial phenomena” revealed in 2017 was authentic.

The Navy added the footage shouldn’t have been released to the public eye.

The clips were recorded by Department of Defence officials on two separate occasions.

One clip was recorded near San Diego, California, back in 2004, while the other was filmed off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, in 2015.

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“The Navy has not publicly released characterisations or descriptions, nor released any hypothesis or conclusions, in regard to the objects contained in the referenced videos.”

The common term used for the objects seen is ‘unidentified flying object’ (UFO) but the Navy prefers to call them ‘unexplained aerial phenomena’ (UAP).

According to The Black Vault, the videos are unclassified but were never cleared for release.

US senators were reportedly briefed by the Pentagon in June about recent reports of UFO sightings by Navy pilots.

One of the senators was Mark Warner (D-Va.), who is the vice chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Politico reported that his spokesperson said: “If naval pilots are running into unexplained interference in the air, that’s a safety concern Senator Warner believes we need to get to the bottom of.”

It was reported the briefing was delivered by the Navy and included staff from the Under Secretary of Defence for Intelligence.

Briefings such as these have been on the rise since it was revealed the Pentagon’s secretive Aerospace Threat Identification Program continues to investigate reported sightings of unknown aircraft.

Members of Congress and their staffers of the Armed Service and Defense Appropriations committees were also briefed, with more meetings expected to follow.

News4Jax aviation expert Ed Booth studied the 2015 footage and said Navy pilots are highly trained to report these sightings.

He said: “What this object is that shows up in this video remains to be seen.

“It’s very interesting. It’s certainly moving in ways atmospheric aircraft are not capable of moving.”