If you follow the universe of unidentified flying object (UFO) sightings at all, you’ve probably already seen the intriguing footage that was officially released by the US Department of Defense this week.
The clips were recorded in 2004 and 2015 by infrared cameras on US Navy aircraft and show what the Pentagon calls “unidentified aerial phenomena” – oblong objects appears to move through the sky in unusual ways. Pilots can be heard on the videos marveling at their speed, sudden movements, how they seem to rotate in mid-air and fly into a substantial headwind with ease.
The unclassified videos have already been circulating for a few years after coming to light in 2017. This week the DoD made them officially available for download in response to an apparent Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and a determination that their release did not pose a threat to national security.
Naturally, any UFO footage immediately turns into speculation about aliens, but before making that leap, we need to take a closer look at the evidence.