There are times in our lives, or in the lives of some, when the veil between what is familiar and what isn’t falls, and we experience something for which we have no earthly reference. An event of this magnitude leaves some with dread, others with wonder, and all with the certainty that it will alter their perception of reality forever. For military personnel on the USS Nimitz, this epiphanic moment came in the Pacific Ocean one-hundred miles off the shores of San Diego. The pilots involved were some of the most highly trained in the Navy and navigating the most advanced fighter jets ever built. Yet, at the end of the extraordinary incursion, they had no answers to the impossible things they had witnessed.
November 14, 2004, is a date that etched and indelible mark in the memories of radar operators and F-18 pilots from the USS Nimitz and USS Princeton taking part in a training mission in preparation for deployment to the Persian Gulf. For several days prior, advanced radar systems on the Princeton kept returning blips of unidentified objects between 20,000 and 30,000 feet. Kevin Day, the Princeton’s senior radar operator, said he’d seen as many as 100 AVV’s (autonomous aerial vehicles) and that “Watching them on the display was like watching the snowfall from the sky.” Operators checked and double-checked the system and found no errors. After a full system reboot, the blips were still there, but even more apparent. The objects didn’t appear to be posing a threat, so aviators launched from the Nimitz into the clear, blue sky to commence training.
During the mission, an officer from the Princeton ordered the two fighters to change course and navigate to new coordinates for a “real-world task.” David Fravor, a Top Gun graduate with 16 years experience, arrived at the location and reported a “disturbance” in the ocean and that the water was bubbling and roiling over something that appeared to be just beneath the surface. A few moments later, they saw one of the objects that had populated the radar screen on the Princeton. Fravor described it as shaped like a tic tac candy, about 40 feet long and no obvious means of propulsion. In an interview later, he said of the craft, “It’s white. It has no wings. It has no rotors. I go, ‘Holy sh*t, what is that?” Soon, the tic tac shaped object elevated and flew toward the F-18’s. Aviators gave chase, but the object accelerated away at three times the speed of sound. Nimitz radar confirmed the radical flight characteristics witnessed by the pilots and tracked them performing other physics-defying acrobatics such as descending from an altitude of 80,000 feet to the ocean’s surface in one second, a maneuver requiring seemingly impossible acceleration and a speed of 28,000 mph to accomplish. Nothing ever devised by man possesses this aerial capability, but what’s equally astounding is the objects dove into the ocean where submarines tracked them traveling underwater at 70 knots.
The Pentagon confirmed in 2019 that the videos circulating were indeed authentic. Pentagon spokesperson, Sue Gough said the videos were released “in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real, or whether or not there is more to the videos.”
For the very first time in American history, the Pentagon has publicly confirmed the authenticity of UFO footage and validating they exist. It should have been a momentous announcement, but it seems to have been met with little fanfare and barely covered by media. Right Wire Report ponders Why? Perhaps we all should think about that reality and the significance of downplaying such a huge discovery.
The logical take away from what was witnessed that day in 2004 is that the question has been answered – UFO’s are in our airspace – they are real – and operating with impunity. The technology of these crafts, ships, drones, or whatever name we assign them is dazzling and wildly beyond our ability to duplicate. The next question is a bit more complex and can only be answered speculatively. Where do they come from, how did they get here, and why are they here? The only real answer is, who the hell knows. However, It’s interesting to note that in the hierarchical scheme of evolution, humans, in SOME ways, more closely resemble the entities that created these unidentified crafts than we do other life forms here on earth. There are no other species on earth that utilizes the resources of the environment to such an advanced degree as humans to create fantastically complex modes of transportation. There are no other species that have managed to project communication by means other than vocalization, scent disbursement, or physical posturing for purposes of mating or communication within social groups. Humans have evolved to create mediums of projection that exist separately from, and not dependent upon the physical body.
Recent studies support a deviation from Charles Darwin’s belief that humans are only incrementally more intelligent because of higher evolution. Marc Hauser, director of the cognitive evolution lab at Harvard University, revealed in a recent article in Scientific American that, “mounting evidence indicates that, in contrast to Darwin’s theory of continuity of mind between humans and other species, a profound gap separates our intellect from the animal kind.” Hauser and his team have coined the term “humaniqueness” that describes four mental traits that distinguish humans from other species on earth. They are generative computation, a promiscuous combination of ideas, the use of mental symbols, and abstract thought. It would appear that we have that in common, but to a lesser degree than those who built those craft witnessed in 2004.
Is there a broader evolutionary paradigm that we lack the tools to see? Are the makers of the “tic-tac” part of our family tree with branches extending far beyond the confines of earth? Maybe humans are not the relative newcomers of species on earth that scientists believe we are compared to other animals, but rather, part of a genome that explains the enormous gap between man and the rest of the animal kingdom.
When I step out into the night and glimpse the ancient light of distant stars, I remember a line from a poem entitled “Heaven,” written by the British poet Rupert Brooke in the early 1900s that seems applicable when considering the vastness of the universe and the possibilities of other life forms in it.
“Fish say, they have their Stream and Pond, But is there anything Beyond?”