Former Navy Lt. Ryan Graves says he and other members of his F / A-18 fighter squadron have detected strange, maneuverable and unidentified objects flying in the restricted airspace southeast of Virginia Beach almost daily for two years from 2015. Sightings were so common. , he says, the pilots and their crews started to take them for granted. Graves calls these objects a security threat in a 60-minute interview.
Graves is one of many current and former military personnel who have spoken publicly about what the Pentagon now calls Unidentified Aerial Phenomena, or UAPs. These documented UAP sightings, recorded on camera videos and photos taken by U.S. service members, have been analyzed by the Department of Defense for years. But the government only reluctantly acknowledged internal efforts after unclassified UAP videos leaked to the New York Times in 2017. Now the Senate Intelligence Committee has ordered the director of national intelligence and the Secretary of Defense to write a report on unidentified aerial phenomena. to be delivered next month.
“I’m worried, frankly. You know, if these were tactical jets from another country hanging out up there, that would be a huge problem,” Graves told Bill Whitaker in an interview broadcast on Sunday on 60 minutes. “But because it looks slightly different, we’re not ready to face it. We’re happy to ignore the fact that they’re out there watching us every day.”
Graves says pilots who saw UAP speculate that it could be covert American technology, an enemy spy platform, or whatever. Watching one of the unrated videos he said, “It’s hard to explain. You have spinning, you have high altitudes. You have propulsion, don’t you? I don’t know. I don’t know what it is, frankly. “
“I would say, you know, the highest probability is that this is a threat observation program,” says Graves. He would not rule out the possibility that it was Russian or Chinese technology.
Luis Elizondo, a former DOD official who investigated UAP for nearly a decade, says these vehicles display technology far superior to anything in any country’s inventory. “Imagine a technology that can do 600 to 700 G-forces, that can fly at 13,000 miles an hour, that, that can evade radar and can fly in air and water and maybe in the sky. space, and oh, by the way, has no obvious signs of propulsion, no wings, no control surfaces and yet can still defy the natural effects of Earth’s gravity. This is precisely what we are seeing. ”
Senator Marco Rubio (R-Florida) attended classified briefings on the UAP and called for a detailed analysis of unidentified aerial phenomena. Last December, while still the head of the Senate Intelligence Committee, he asked the Director of National Intelligence and the Pentagon to present to Congress an unclassified report by June 2021.
The 60 Minutes report will air Sunday, May 16 at 7 p.m. ET / PT on CBS.