One of the former leaders of a covert government program meant to investigate the nature of ‘unknown aerial phenomenon’ is opening up about some of the strange and often unexplained accounts.
In an upcoming History Channel documentary featuring former head of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), Luis Elizondo details his involvement with the Pentagon’s UFO research program in a blockbuster New York Times report from 2017.
In the Times’ report, Elizondo revealed that he left the secretive $22 million government program after what he has termed excessive secrecy and internal opposition to the project.
According to Elizondo, who spoke to Live Science ahead of the documentary’s premier tonight at 10 pm ET, the goal of his participation is to kick start a frank conversation about the phenomenon witnessed by the now defunct program and other reports like it.
Included in that discussion, are various puzzling reports of aircraft that seem to defy the laws of gravity as humans know them, traveling and maneuvering at speeds unparalleled by current technology.
In a recent New York Times report, a former Navy official described some of those sightings which he said occurred between 2014 and 2015.
The mysterious craft, which he said looked like a spinning top, had no visible signs of propulsion but were able to reach 30,000 feet at speeds well faster than sound.
‘These things would be out there all day’ Lt. Ryan Graves, an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot told the Times.
‘Keeping an aircraft in the air requires a significant amount of energy. With the speeds we observed, 12 hours in the air is 11 hours longer than we’d expect.’
Likewise, Elizondo said, these sightings of seemingly impossible aircraft were not uncommon. In an interview with Live Science, he said that some of the ships reported by the agency far exceeded the known limits of gravitational force.
While human technology tops out at about 16 to 18 G’s, the craft seemed to ignore those rules.
‘These things that we were observing were pulling 400 to 500 G’s,’ Elizondo told Live Science.
‘They don’t have engines or even wings, and they are able to seemingly defy the natural effects of Earth’s gravitational pull.’
Elizondo stops short of saying the unknown craft are the result of extraterrestrial beings, but underscores the need to investigate phenomenon, citing its implications on national security.
‘We trust the American people to know that North Korea has nuclear warheads pointed at Los Angeles, yet we don’t trust them with the knowledge that there’s something in our skies and we don’t know what it is? That seems counterproductive to me,’ Elizondo told Live Science.
Elizondo’s appearance in the History Channel documentary marks the latest step toward an increasing willingness on the part of the U.S. government and others to acknowledge and investigate the existence of UFO’s.
Recently, the U.S. Navy also unveiled new guidelines on collecting information about UFO sightings which they said are designed to make it easier for sailors to report UFO sightings amid fears that the objects could actually be ‘extremely advanced Russian aircraft.’
Earlier this month, a U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson reportedly confirmed the Pentagon’s interest in UFO’s to the New York Post, citing the agency’s investigation of ‘unidentified aerial phenomena’ in an unprecedented use of UFO-like terminology.