It all started on November 10, 2004, when Navy pilots were commanded to investigate objects on radar in groups of five to ten off of San Clemente Island, west of the San Diego coast that “appeared suddenly at 80,000 feet, and then hurtled toward the sea, eventually stopping at 20,000 feet and hovering. Then they either dropped out of radar range or shot straight back up.”
When they arrived at the merge point, they saw nothing in front of them and nothing on radar. Below them the sea was churning and above the sea was a 40 foot oval. First they circled towards it, but it came straight up at them. So they headed straight for it, but it peeled off and accelerated at a phenomenal speed.
They were told to meet the Naval command ship at a certain point and the object beat them there.
They were en route and closing in when the Princeton radioed again. Radar had again picked up the strange aircraft.
“Sir, you won’t believe it,” the radio operator said, “but that thing is at your cap point.”
“We were at least 40 miles away, and in less than a minute this thing was already at our cap point,” Commander Fravor, who has since retired from the Navy, said in the interview.
By the time the two fighter jets arrived at the rendezvous point, the object had disappeared.
Source – NYTimes
In 2014 Lieutenant Graves and Lt. Danny Accoin were part of a squadron, the VFA-11 “Red Rippers” out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Va. They were tracking objects they first thought were radar errors.
The objects were showing up at 30,000 feet, 20,000 feet, even sea level. They could accelerate, slow down and then hit hypersonic speeds.
But then pilots began seeing the objects. In late 2014, Lieutenant Graves said he was back at base in Virginia Beach when he encountered a squadron mate just back from a mission “with a look of shock on his face.”
He said he was stunned to hear the pilot’s words. “I almost hit one of those things,” the pilot told Lieutenant Graves.
The pilot and his wingman were flying in tandem about 100 feet apart over the Atlantic east of Virginia Beach when something flew between them, right past the cockpit. It looked to the pilot, Lieutenant Graves said, like a sphere encasing a cube.
Source – NYTimes
Sounds like the “Tic Tac” to us. The pilots decided that Government officials would know fighter pilots were training in the area, and would not send drones to get in the way. They became convinced that these were not Government issued.
This year, US Navy pilot Chad Underwood came forward with his account of the 2004 Nimitz UFO.
Part of the reason why the encounter was so bizarre was that the object was flying at approximately 50,000 before suddenly dropping down to around a hundred feet above sea level in just a few seconds without making a sonic boom or expelling any exhaust plumes. He added that the craft had “no method of propulsion that was keeping it airborne: no wings, no heat, keeping it airborne or aloft.” Source – mysteriousuniverse.org
So what if this was an advanced drone – before drones were popularized with children and laws put in place to regulate how high they could go.
Underwood claimed that if it was a test aircraft, he had the clearance to know about it. “You know, I’ve got top-secret clearance with a ton of special-project clearances. So, it’s not like I wasn’t cleared to know. But, as I’m sure you’ve found in your research, to have clearance to know something, you have to have both the clearance that it’s elevated to and you have to have the ‘need to know’ it. And, clearly, whatever it was, if it was a government project, I did not need to know.”
Over in California, the mystery remains – what kind of craft as that?
“Because, aircraft, whether they’re manned or unmanned, still have to obey the laws of physics. They have to have some source of lift, some source of propulsion. The Tic Tac was not doing that. It was going from like 50,000 feet to, you know, a hundred feet in like seconds, which is not possible.”
In 2014, the pilots out of Virginia, the opposite side of the continent, refuse to speculate.
“We have helicopters that can hover,” Lieutenant Graves said. “We have aircraft that can fly at 30,000 feet and right at the surface.” But “combine all that in one vehicle of some type with no jet engine, no exhaust plume.”