‘It’s not ours’: Government denies knowledge of strange ‘UFO’ over Japanese city

It looks like a weather balloon, but the Japan Meteorological Agency denies it’s theirs.

An unidentified flying object (UFO) was seen above Aoba Ward in Sendai, Japan, on the morning of June 17, 2020.
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It’s not a bird. It’s not a plane. And it’s not an alien. (It’s never an alien, from planet Krypton or otherwise.)

Still, the origin of a strange, balloon-like UFO that appeared in the sky over the city of Sendai, Japan, yesterday (June 17) around 7 a.m. local time, remains a mystery a full day after its sudden arrival. The object looked like a large white, unmanned balloon attached to two crossed propellers, according to news reports. The UFO lingered in the sky, largely motionless, for several hours before drifting over the Pacific Ocean, AFP reported.

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While a weather balloon seems like the obvious explanation (they are widely available for purchase), a spokesperson from the Sendai bureau of the Japan Meteorological Agency told AFP that “it’s not ours.” In his daily press briefing later that day, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga also denied any knowledge of the balloon’s origin, according to AFP.

Suga also tried to pop any rumors that the balloony UFO was the dastardly instrument of a foreign government. Earlier on Wednesday, social media speculation about the object ran rampant, giving air to theories that the UFO was distributing North Korean propaganda or even spreading the novel coronavirus.

The evidence for either of these theories — much like the balloon itself — looks like a big, fat goose egg. For a truly head-scratching UFO mystery, grab a tinfoil hat and take a look at these eerie airborne videos recently declassified by the U.S. government.

By Brandon Specktor – Senior Writer



‘UFO’ videos declassified by US Navy


Three videos show unidentified aircraft flying at hypersonic speeds

U.S. Navy videos of alleged UFO sightings were previously available but had not been officially declassified. (Image: © U.S. Navy)

Three videos of midair military interactions with UFOs, previously released without official permission by a UFO research group, were declassified and shared online today (April 27) by the U.S. Navy.

The footage, captured by U.S. Navy pilots years ago, shows mysterious, wingless aircraft traveling at hypersonic speeds, with no visible means of propulsion. UFO research group To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science published the clips in 2017 and 2018; at the time, those videos were allegedly declassified, Live Science previously reported. However, in September 2019, Joseph Gradisher, a spokesperson for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare said that the footage had not been cleared for official release.

Today, the three clips — “FLIR,” “GOFAST” and “GIMBAL” — appeared for the first time on the Naval Air Systems Command website, available to download through the Freedom of Information Act.

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In releasing the videos, the U.S. Navy officially acknowledges that its pilots encountered so-called unidentified aerial phenomena, according to the military news website Military.com.

The three sightings, which took place in November 2004 and in January 2015, were recorded by F/A-18 Hornet fighter pilots during military training exercises in restricted airspace. Unlike fighter jets, the airborne enigmas had “no distinct wing, no distinct tail, no distinct exhaust plume,” Navy pilot Lt. Danny Accoin said in the 2019 History Channel documentary series “Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation.”

Department of Defense officials decided to release the videos after determining that the footage “does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena,” Pentagon spokesperson Sue Gough said in a statement.

To the Stars Academy, founded by former Blink-182 singer Tom DeLonge, shared the Flir and Gimbal clips in December 2017, and shared GoFast in March 2018. Though a video description claimed that all three clips had “been through the official declassification review process of the United States government and approved for public release,” the footage had not been properly declassified and should not have been shared publicly, Gradisher said in 2019.

There is as yet no explanation or identification — official or not — for the mysterious aircraft that the pilots recorded.

Originally published on Live Science.
By Mindy Weisberger – Senior Writer



1919: Navy Plans to Document UFO Sightings, But Keep Them Confidential

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Extraterrestrials, take note: The U.S. Navy plans to set up an official reporting and investigative system that will monitor reports from its pilots about unidentified flying objects.

But while this “X-Files”-worthy operation sounds newsy, don’t expect to hear details about it anytime soon. The Navy doesn’t intend to make the data public, citing the privileged and classified information that these reports usually include, according to The Washington Post.

“Military aviation safety organizations always retain reporting of hazards to aviation as privileged information in order to preserve the free and honest prioritization and discussion of safety among aircrew,” Joe Gradisher, a spokesman for the Office of the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, told The Washington Post. [7 Things Most Often Mistaken for UFOs]

In fact, beyond the announcement that the Navy is setting up this UFO-reporting procedure, “no release of information to the general public is expected,” Gradisher said.

The upcoming procedure comes in the wake of other government-related UFO news. In late 2017, word came out that the Pentagon had a secret “UFO” office that spent $22 million over five years to study strange and threatening aeronautical events. Although funding for the venture, called the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), ended in 2012, the program didn’t entirely stop, according to those reports.

When news of AATIP became public in 2017, the Defense Department released two declassified videos, which showed pilots talking about a bizarre aircraft that appeared to accelerate quickly, even though it had no recognizable means of propulsion. These aircraft, which looked like blobs on the video, could allegedly drive thousands of feet in an instant.

By creating this new program, the Navy hopes to destigmatize any reporting associated with incidents that involve UFOs, which could, after all, be militarized aircraft from other parts of the world.

“There have been a number of reports of unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft entering various military-controlled ranges and designated air space in recent years,” the Navy told Politico, which broke the story. “For safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [U.S. Air Force] takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report.”

The public may get a whiff of these incidents eventually, although the details may be scarce. For instance, perhaps unclassified parts, broad overviews or statistics about the number of sightings could be released, Luis Elizondo, an intelligence officer who ran AATIP before leaving the Pentagon, told The Washington Post.

“If it remains strictly within classified channels, then the ‘right person’ may not actually get the information,” Elizondo said. “The right person doesn’t necessarily mean a military leader. It can be a lawmaker. It can be a whole host of different individuals.”

The government is making a smart move by announcing its intentions to formally document and analyze these UFOs, said Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute in Mountain View, California.

“It will make everybody happy because it sounds like a move toward transparency,” Shostak told Live Science.

With this announcement, the Navy benefits not only because it will formally investigate these strange sightings, which may well be reconnaissance or enemy aircraft from other nations; the Navy is also winning a nod from the roughly two-thirds of Americans who think that the government isn’t divulging everything it knows about extraterrestrials and UFOs, said Shostak, citing a 2002 study on attitudes about aliens.

That said, the government probably isn’t formalizing this program because it’s looking for E.T.

“The military is interested in this stuff not because they think that Klingons are sailing in the skies, but i think because maybe they think the Chinese or the Russians are sailing through the skies,” Shostak said.

Originally published on Live Science
By Laura Geggel, Associate Editor
May 2, 2019 03:38pm ET



1150: Seis aviões comerciais avistam OVNIs no Chile

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O Chile é um dos países que mais documenta objetos voadores não identificados

Pelo menos seis aviões comerciais — cinco deles da Latam Chile e um da Copa Airlines — comunicaram ao Comité de Estudos de Fenómenos Aéreos Anómalos (CEFAA) o avistamento de objectos voadores não identificados no norte do Chile.

O fenómeno ocorreu na madrugada de 7 de Maio, a cerca de 1.350 quilómetros a norte de Santiago, perto da cidade de Antofagasta. Porém, só agora foi disponibilizado um vídeo no YouTube que mostra o diálogo entre os pilotos das aeronaves com o controlador de voo.

No vídeo, é possível ouvir o piloto do voo Copa 174 informar que na altura do posto de controle aéreo Livor, a 380 quilómetros do litoral de Antofagasta, era possível visualizar três luzes. “Não sabemos o que é“, disse, pouco antes de informar que uma das luzes desapareceu. Em seguida, o piloto do voo Latam 639 entra em contacto com a torre de controle e declara que também está a ver as luzes “aparentemente, sobre o mar”.

O piloto do Latam 2473 responde que também está ver as luzes e, depois o voo Latam 79 também informa que uma luz no nível do mar pode ser vista intensificando o seu brilho, acabando depois por desaparecer.

Nesse momento, o primeiro piloto informa que consegue ver três luzes à esquerda da aeronave: “As luzes estão a movimentar-se e aumentam e diminuem de intensidade. Vamos virar à direita pois parece que se estão a aproximar“, diz o piloto do voo Copa 174.

O voo Latam 501 também confirma que avistou os Ovnis e o Copa 174 volta a falar: “Que fenómeno estranho! Agora, temos três luzes em forma de triângulo“. Logo após esse momento, o piloto do voo Latam 577 situou as luzes quilómetros de Livor.

O Chile é um dos países que mais documenta objectos voadores não identificados no seu território aéreo, a par dos Estados Unidos, Peru, Rússia e Brasil. Nos últimos 65 anos, mais de 600 relatos foram registados.

Os diálogos entre os pilotos e controladores de voo podem ser ouvidos no vídeo abaixo, após o 4º minuto, com legendas e áudio em espanhol.

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Por CT
15 Outubro, 2018