'What the f--- is that thing?': Mysterious new video shows Navy pilots encountering a UFO

  • Declassified footage from a US Navy F/A-18 shows a UFO flying at high speed somewhere "off the East Coast of the United States in 2015."
  • It is the third known declassified video the Department of Defense has released.
  • The group that posted the video hopes the release of the footage will spark more debate about UFOs.

Recently declassified footage shows a new instance of the military tracking an unidentified flying object.

The footage was recorded in 2015 on a Raytheon ATFLIR pod, a targeting pod mounted underneath aircraft that's equipped with a camera with a laser rangefinder and a laser-spot tracker.

The pod was mounted underneath a US Navy F/A-18 jet flying about 25,000 feet at a speed of Mach 0.62. The camera makes three attempts to lock on to an object moving extremely fast, but fails the first two times.

On the third try, the pod manages to get a lock, and the pilots speak out about their excitement and amazement at what they are seeing.

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Jesse Marcel, head intelligence officer, who initially investigated and recovered some of the debris from the Roswell UFO site 1947. In mid-1947, a United States Air Force balloon crashed at a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. Following wide initial interest in the crashed 'flying disc', the US military stated that it was merely a conventional weather balloon. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/ UIG via Getty Images)
A sign off route U.S. 285, north of Roswell, New Mexico, points west to the alleged 1947 crash site of a flying saucer on the Corn Ranch. Visitors can tour the site for $15 and camp out at the site for $90 during the upcoming festival in July marking the 50th anniversary of the so called "Roswell Incident." The Air Force denies claims of an alien UFO crash, saying in a new report issued June 24 that comprehensive examination of the incident found no evidence of flying saucers, space aliens or sinister government cover-ups. Photo taken June 20 1997. **POOR QUALITY DOCUMENT**
The U.S. Air Force released this 1972 photo of a Viking space probe awaiting recovery at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico as part of its report on the so called "Roswell Incident" of 1947. The Air Force reported June 24 that "space aliens" who supposedly crashed in the New Mexico desert 50 years ago were only military dummies and that high-altidude research projects such as this may have become part of the incident. The 231-page report is aimed at ending longstanding speculation over the incident and denies that the military had recovered bodies from damaged flying saucers in 1947 and had been covering up the incident ever since. MILITARY ALIENS
A visitor looks at a model depicting the 1947 Alien Autopsy in Roswell, New Mexico during the 'The Science of Aliens' exhibition at the Miraikan, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo on June 3, 2008. The three-month-long exhibition which will end on June 16 attracted more than 100,000 visitors. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
Museum organizers Dennis Balthaser (L) and Max Littel stand outside Roswell's International UFO Museum on Main Street as construction goes ahead to get the building ready for the town's UFO festival in July marking the 50th anniversary of the so called "Roswell Incident." At left is a representation of a flying saucer embedded in the building. The Air Force denies claims of an alien UFO crash, saying in a new report issued June 24 that comprehensive examination of the incident found no evidence of flying saucers, space aliens or sinister government cover-ups. Photo taken June 20 1997. MILITARY ALIENS
The U.S. Air Force released June 24 this photo of examples of Alderson Laboratories anthropomorphic dummies of the type dropped from balloons over New Mexico throughout the 1950's. The Air Force reported June 24 that "space aliens" who supposedly crashed in the New Mexico desert 50 years ago were only military dummies. The 231-page report is aimed at ending longstanding speculation over the so-called Roswell Incident and denies that the military had recovered bodies from damaged flying saucers in 1947 and had been covering up the incident ever since. MILITARY ALIENS
The U.S. Air Force released this photo June 24 of an aeroshell of a NASA Voyager Mars space probe prior to launch at Walker AFB, New Mexico (formerly Roswell AAF) as part of its report on the so called "Roswell Incident" of 1947. The Air Force reported June 24 that "space aliens" who supposedly crashed in the New Mexico desert 50 years ago were only military dummies and that descriptions of research projects involving low altitude tethered objects such as this may have become part of the incident. The 231-page report is aimed at ending longstanding speculation over the incident and denies that the military had recovered bodies from damaged flying saucers in 1947 and had been covering up the incident ever since. MILITARY ALIENS
A mannequin dressed as an alien bride attracts the attention of a tourist in Roswell, July 1. Roswell, the site of an alleged UFO crash 50 years ago in 1947, is hosting an international UFO convention through July 6. ake/DIGITAL/Photo by J. UFO
Tourists wearing the appropriate masks view the alien model from the movie "Roswell" in the UFO Museum in Roswell on July 2. Roswell, the site of an alleged UFO crash 50 years ago in 1947, is hosting an international UFO convention through July 6. ??�
Wearing a hat shaped like a alien space craft, Jim Muyres, of Madison Lake, Minn., video tapes the arcade outside of the international UFO convention in Roswell, July 3. Roswell, the site of an alleged UFO crash in 1947, is hosting the convention to mark the 50th anniversity of the incident. ake/DIGITAL/Photo by J. UFO
Juana Bravo, of Roswell, describes the autopsy of an alien during a re-enactment July 4 of the of the alleged crash of an UFO near Roswell in 1947. Roswell is holding an international UFO convention to mark the 50th anniversity of the "incident." ake/DIGITAL/Photo by J. UFO
Jesse Marcel, head intelligence officer, who initially investigated and recovered some of the debris from the Roswell UFO site 1947. In mid-1947, a United States Air Force balloon crashed at a ranch near Roswell, New Mexico. Following wide initial interest in the crashed 'flying disc', the US military stated that it was merely a conventional weather balloon. Corsicana Daily Sun, July 9th 1947. (Photo by: Universal History Archive/ UIG via Getty Images)
ROSWELL, : A visitor wearing a home-made hat takes pictures of a scene displayed in what is being called the 'International UFO Museum and Research Center' in downtown Roswell, NM, 03 July. The museum displays UFO phenomenon exhibits, a gift shop and a bar called 'The Alien Caffeine Espresso Bar.' Roswell is celebrating the 50th anniversary of what is an alleged UFO crash in July 1947. AFP PHOTO/HECTOR MATA (Photo credit should read HECTOR MATA/AFP/Getty Images)
This is a road sign indicating where Alien Parking is, This is the original UFO crash site in Roswell, There are small UFOs on the sign with a large arrow pointing to the right. (Photo by Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images)
ROSWELL, NM - 1997: Massive rock that supposedly was split in two by a spaceship impact in Roswell, New Mexico. (Photo by John B. Carnett/Bonnier Corporation via Getty Images)
372049 05: Groups dressed as aliens ride through downtown Roswell, New Mexico July 1, 2000 as they participate in the annual UFO Encounter, which runs through July 4, 2000. The annual festival stems from a mysterious crash northwest of Roswell in 1947. The Army initially said it was a UFO crash, but quickly backed off that report. The Pentagon has since said it was a top-secret balloon crash, but UFO enthusiasts don''t believe that story, which gives rise to what has become known as the 'Roswell Incident'. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)
372049 04: Onlookers check out the aliens as they ride through downtown Roswell, New Mexico July 1, 2000 as part of Roswell's 53rd annual UFO Encounter which runs through July 4, 2000. The annual festival stems from a mysterious crash northwest of Roswell in 1947. The Army initially said it was a UFO crash, but quickly backed off that report. The Pentagon has since said it was a top-secret balloon crash, but UFO enthusiasts don''t believe that story, which gives rise to what has become known as the 'Roswell Incident'. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Newsmakers)
Brig. General Roger M. Ramey, Commanding General of 8th Airforce, and Col. Thomas J. Dubose, 8th Airforce Chief of Staff, identify metallic fragments found by a farmer near Roswell, New Mexico, as pieces of a weather balloon. This is the basis of the Roswell Incident, the supposed crash of an alien spacecraft.
A sign off route U.S. 285, north of Roswell, New Mexico, points west to the alleged 1947 crash site of a flying saucer on the Corn Ranch. Visitors can tour the site for $15 and camp out at the site for $90 during the upcoming festival in July marking the 50th anniversary of the so called "Roswell Incident." The Air Force denies claims of an alien UFO crash, saying in a new report issued June 24 that comprehensive examination of the incident found no evidence of flying saucers, space aliens or sinister government cover-ups. Photo taken June 20 1997. MILITARY ALIENS
A visitor looks at a model depicting the 1947 Alien Autopsy in Roswell, New Mexico during the 'The Science of Aliens' exhibition at the Miraikan, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo on June 3, 2008. The three-month-long exhibition which will end on June 16 attracted more than 100,000 visitors. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
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"Whoa! Got it!" one of the pilots, yells out loud after locking on to the UFO.

"What the f--- is that thing?!" the other asks.

The object continues at a fast rate, and the pilots appear to be amazed.

"Wow! What is that, man?" one says. "Look at that flying!"

One of the pilots from the declassified videos published by The Times told ABC that he thought the aircraft he saw was "not from this world."

"After 18 years of flying, I've seen pretty much about everything that I can see in that realm, and this was nothing close," Commander David Fravor said.

Why most scientists don't care about these incredible UFO videos(Department of Defense)

The footage was posted online by To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science, a private scientific research group that aims to "help push science, technology, and ultimately humanity forward."

It is not the first time UFO footage recorded by the military has been declassified.

The New York Times published videos in December of declassified UFO flights recorded by the US military. The Times later reported that the Department of Defense fielded a program that investigated the incidents, but that it was terminated in 2012.

"The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 time frame. It was determined that there were other, higher-priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change," a spokesperson from the DoD said at the time.

"The DoD takes seriously all threats and potential threats to our people, our assets, and our mission and takes action whenever credible information is developed."

Chris Mellon, an adviser to TTSA and a former deputy assistant secretary of defense for intelligence for the Clinton and George W. Bush administrations, wrote a piece in The Washington Post on Friday calling for more attention to the UFO issue.

Mellon wrote that "we have no idea what's behind these weird incidents because we're not investigating."

He said that one of the reasons it isn't investigated to the extent that it should be is because of stigma attached to UFOs.

"Nobody wants to be 'the alien guy' in the national security bureaucracy; nobody wants to be ridiculed or sidelined for drawing attention to the issue," he said.

"This is true up and down the chain of command, and it is a serious and recurring impediment to progress."

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