The U.S. Navy officially released seven pilot reports detailing UFO encounters.
All of these encounters took place in the airspace off the East coast of the United States. Six of the seven encounters happened between 2013 and 2014.
Initially filed to the Navy Safety Center, military website The Drive gained access to the reports after filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with the U.S. government. The full reports are posted via CNN, and UFOs are referred to as “unidentified aerial devices.”
Here are the important details from the UFO encounters.
US Navy UFO Encounters
Naval Air Station – Patuxent River, Maryland (February 13, 2019)
This is the only report that didn’t take place off the coast of Virginia or North Carolina. At the Naval Air Station near the Patuxent River in Maryland, an unreported red weather balloon appeared at 27,000 feet above sea level. This happened during the day, and air traffic control was not aware of the weather balloon. Weather balloons sometimes look similar to spurious radar contacts.
Atlantic Ocean – Virginia (April 24, 2014)
After a Basic Fighter Maneuvering (BFM) engagement, two aircrews noticed an unidentified aerial device that wasn’t communicating with the local Fleet Area Control and Surveillance Facility. Both aircrews locked onto the unidentified aerial device, but neither were able to visible discern it. This happened during the day.
Atlantic Ocean – Virginia (April 23, 2014)
Two aircrews noticed two unidentified aerial devices on radar. In order to confirm this wasn’t a false radar track, these aircrews used infrared to verify the unidentified aerial devices. On infrared, two more unidentified aerial devices appeared. This happened during the night at around 11 PM.
Atlantic Ocean (March 26, 2014)
During an air-to-air training exercise, in which no other aircrafts were authorized to be within the confines of the training area, one hazard pilot reported an unidentified aerial device. As small as a suitcase and silver in color, the unidentified aerial device disappeared after the hazard aircraft flew within 1000 feet of it. After passing the information to the local Fleet Area Controlling and Surveillance Facility, the controlling agency didn’t see evidence of the unidentified aerial device on radar. The wingman in the same plane didn’t see the unidentified aerial device on his radar either. This happened during the day.
Atlantic Ocean – Virginia (December 18, 2013)
Performing a currency flight, the pilot reported an unidentified aerial device 2,000 feet above his plane on his radar. He saw a small, white visual return at the location of the radar track. When he passed the information to the the local controlling agency, they reported no radar returns that correlated to the unidentified aerial device. This happened during the day. This is the second occurance with similar characteristics in the same airspace over the span of two months.
Atlantic Ocean (November 18, 2013)
Similar to the report on December 18, 2013, the pilot reported an unidentified aerial device at the same height and same speed as the other report. Tracked for an hour, they determined the aircraft had a wingspan over five feet and was white in color. After relaying this information to the local controlling agency, no radar return correlated with the unidentified aerial device. This was determined to be an unmanned aircraft system due to its small size and happened during the day. No one claimed the unidentified aerial device.
Atlantic Ocean – Virginia (June 27, 2013)
During a Basic Flight Maneuver (BFM), the hazard aircrew noticed an unidentified aircraft pass down their right side, approximately 200 feet from them. The unidentified aircraft ascended past them with a visible contrail or smoke plume trailing it. White in color and the size of a drone or missile, no radar detected this device. After the aircrew passed it, the unidentified aircraft was never seen again. No one reported operations of drone flights or missile shoots in the area, and this happened during the day.
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