David Fravor is a former Navy pilot who says he was “pretty weirded out” by an unexplained episode [in 2004] over the Pacific. His story has captured the attention of a Pentagon program investigating UFOs. / M. Scott Brauer for the NYT.

This is a Must Read for your weekend. Important enough, it’s one of the few times I’ll be linking to the New York Times.

Via NY Times.

Commander Fravor, in a recent interview with The New York Times, recalled
what happened next. Some of it is captured in a video made public by officials with a
Pentagon program that investigated U.F.O.s.

“Well, we’ve got a real-world vector for you,” the radio operator said, according
to Commander Fravor. For two weeks, the operator said, the Princeton had been
tracking mysterious aircraft. The objects 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.

The radio operator instructed Commander Fravor and Commander Slaight, who has
given a similar account, to investigate.

The two fighter planes headed toward the objects. The Princeton alerted them as
they closed in, but when they arrived at “merge plot” with the object — naval aviation
parlance for being so close that the Princeton could not tell which were the objects
and which were the fighter jets — neither Commander Fravor nor Commander
Slaight could see anything at first. There was nothing on their radars, either.
Then, Commander Fravor looked down to the sea. It was calm that day, but the
waves were breaking over something that was just below the surface. Whatever it
was, it was big enough to cause the sea to churn…

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