Cmdr. David Fravor, a pilot of the U.S. Navy, on Wednesday recalled to Fox News an encounter with a strange object in 2004 that he claims was “something not from this world.”
Fravor, a Navy pilot for 18 years, said that he encountered the 40-foot wingless foreign object off the California coast on Nov. 14, 2004, while he was flying in an F/A-18.
Fravor said he was on a routine training mission when controllers on the USS Princeton reported that there had been, for two weeks, “objects dropping out of the sky from 80,000 feet and going straight back up,” ABC News reported.
Fravor and Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight were told to investigate what the objects were that kept going straight back up before dropping out of radar.
Fravor said when he closed in on the object, he saw a tic-tac-shaped object hovering sporadically over the water but not moving in any one direction.
Fravor said he could see the object well, as the waters and sky were clear.
Fravor began a circular descent to get closer to the object and noticed that it began mirroring his aircraft and started to climb. As he cut in and headed toward the object, it rapidly accelerated south in the blink of an eye and disappeared from sight in two seconds, despite him having clear visibility.
Commander Fravor descibed its’ speed as “well above supersonic” and was like a “bullet out of a gun.” Fravor described the object as having no exhaust and no propulsion systems that were noticeable, meaning that there is no technology on Earth that is capable of such maneuvers.
After the training exercise, a radio operator told them that the aircraft had once again reappeared, but this time at their half point. By the time, Fravor got to the half point, the object took off and disappeared.
When returning from the training mission, Fravor said, he caught a lot of grief for his story and his superiors did not further investigate the incident.
Fravor’s story was investigated by a Pentagon program that investigated the sightings of UFOs, but had shut down five years ago due to budget issues.