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Two airline pilots spotted a mysterious, reflective object hovering some 40,000 feet (12,000 meters) over southern Arizona last month, and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is stumped.
According to radio transmissions between the befuddled pilots and air traffic controllers (which you can listen to in full, thanks to an FAA recording recently released to the Phoenix New Times), the sighting occurred around 3:30 p.m. local time on Feb. 24, somewhere over the Sonoran Desert near Phoenix.
"Was anybody above us that passed us like 30 seconds ago?" the first pilot asked while flying a Learjet west toward California. [7 Things Most Often Mistaken for UFOs]
"Negative," an air traffic controller at the FAA's Albuquerque Air Traffic Center in New Mexico answered.
"OK," the pilot responded. "Something did."
On Feb. 24, both a Learjet pilot and an American Airlines pilot reported a strange encounter with a mysterious object in the sky over southeastern Arizona.
Writing in The Washington Post, Christopher Mellon argued that the military is shrugging off its duty to investigate weird UFO encounters reported by members of the U.S. Navy and Air Force. In December, the Defense Department released two declassified videos showing pilots exclaiming over strange aircraft that seemed to accelerate rapidly with no obvious means of propulsion. The unidentified flying objects, which look like dark and light blobs on the videos, were about 40 feet (12 meters) long and could supposedly dive thousands of feet in a flash.
Mellon, now retired from government after a career in both the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush presidential administrations, is an advisor to the private firm To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science, a research company that aims to "bring transformative science and engineering out of the shadows." The company just released a declassified video taken from a Naval F/A-18 aircraft that appears to show a swiftly moving "anomalous aerial vehicle" off the U.S. East Coast. In the audio, the pilots express awe at the speed of the object.
A research organization that released declassified Department of Defense footage in December of last year, posted a new video on March 9, which they said shows US Navy footage of an unidentified flying object off the east coast of the United States in 2015.
originally posted by: gort51
Nowhere does this indicate a classic "UFO" encounter.
First off I love a good UFO mystery and love discussing the possibilities it may emply but cant stand the knee jerk replies... "Swamp Gas, It was Venus, Ball lightening.
I think Pilots should be considered some of the best eye witnesses to these types of anomalous aerial vehicle sightings.
If they say they have no clue what it was or ask "What the $%@% is that?" Then it should be given very close attention and scrutiny imho.
Like the knee jerk opinions that pilots should be best eye witnesses?