If you tell people you have sighted an UFO, they will look twice at you. UFOs have been the stuff of cranky conspiracy theories for so long that you cannot hope to be taken seriously if you want to talk about them.
No more. The stigma has gone with the US government willing to investigate such incidents earlier dismissed as crazy theories or optical illusions.
The US Navy has now acknowledged the videos captured by Navy pilots and released by To The Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2017 and 2018.
The videos showed fast-moving objects presumed to be UFOs or the “unidentified aerial phenomena,” as the US Navy now calls it. These objects could well be just drones — or they could be alien craft. The Navy is now open to researching UFO sightings by its pilots.
In fact, the stigma attached to UFOs had prevented Navy pilots from reporting these objects for many years.
“For many years, our aviators didn’t report these incursions because of the stigma attached to previous terminology and theories about what may or may not be in those videos,” Navy spokesperson Joe Gradisher told CNN yesterday while acknowledging the veracity of the video clips.
Programmes launched by the the US government to investigate UFOs have been shrouded in secrecy and failed to find or disclose anything substantial. Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program which was started by Pentagon in 207 was shuttered in 2012 for lack of funds.
Scientific dogma that dismissed every sighting of unidentified flying object as a drone, an optical illusion or anything but an alien craft is fading now as military pilots — who are experts unlike ordinary people capturing blurry UFO images on their cameras — report phenomena that leaves them puzzled. The moving objects pilots capture on their radars shock them for their sudden swerves at hypersonic speeds.
NYT reported in May this year that strange objects, one of them like a spinning top moving against the wind, appeared almost daily from the summer of 2014 to March 2015, high in the skies over the East Coast. Navy pilots reported to their superiors that the objects had no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes, but that they could reach 30,000 feet and hypersonic speeds.
These can be atmospheric effects, glitches in radars or some secret military experiments. But mounting testimonies by experts such as military pilots will force the US government to investigate the phenomenon without being seen as splurging money on conspiracy theories.
To destigmatise UFOs, the US Navy had in April this year started drafting new guidelines for pilots and other personnel to report encounters with “unidentified aircraft,” a significant new step in creating a formal process to collect and analyse the unexplained sightings.
This came in response to more and more pilots sighting highly advanced aircraft intruding on Navy strike groups and other sensitive military formations.