Former U.S. Navy pilot Cmdr. David Fravor clearly recalls seeing what he’s sure was a UFO.
“It was a real object, it exists and I saw it,” he told The Washington Post of the Nov. 14, 2004 sighting.
He said he spotted the object, which he’s certain was “something not from the Earth” during a break in training for the Iraq War less than 100 miles off the coast between San Diego and Ensenada, Mexico, The Washington Post reported.
The mysterious flying object looked like “a white Tic Tac,” Fravor said.
It was “about the same size as a Hornet, 40 feet long with no wings,” Fravor said. “Just hanging close to the water.”
It created no rotor wash—air turbulence created by helicopter blades. It also mirrored the pilots’ movements as they approached, and then disappeared.
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“As I get closer, as my nose is starting to pull back up, it accelerates and it’s gone,” Fravor said. “Faster than I’d ever seen anything in my life. We turn around, say let’s go see what’s in the water and there’s nothing. Just blue water,” Fravor told The Washington Post.
Fravor discussed the unforgettable sighting days after the Pentagon publicly acknowledged the existence of a program, called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, dedicated to studying unidentified flying objects.
The top-secret program ran from 2007 to 2012 with a budget of $22 million, The New York Times reported last week.
The Defense Department program investigated Fravor’s encounter, but failed to explain the nature of the object and what it was doing.
His Navy superiors mostly wrote off the encounter and mocked him for it.
But Fravor insists that it was not made up.
“I don’t think I was a nut-job as an officer in the Navy. I wasn’t drunk, I don’t do drugs. I got a good night’s rest, it was a clear day,” he told The Washington Post. “I think someone should have looked into it. Having talked to some of the other folks, it’s a big frustration that it’s coming out now and wasn’t discussed back in 2004.”