‘These things would be out there all day,’ Lieutenant Ryan Graves, an F/A-18 Super Hornet pilot told the New York 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.’
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Some of the encounters were recorded on video, with one showing an apparently solid object racing across the surface of the ocean.
‘Wow, what is that, man?’ one pilot is heard asking. ‘Look at it fly!’
The navy has not publicly identified the objects, but the organisation indicated it is taking the matter seriously, rather than dismissing the sightings as something unexceptional, by issuing new classified guidance to staff for how to report the phenomena.
But no one is saying it's aliens yet – at least not on the record. Leon Golub, a senior astrophysicist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Centre for Astrophysics, told the New York Times the sightings may be due to much more mundane explanations – such as ‘bugs in the code for the imaging and display systems, atmospheric effects and reflections [or] neurological overload from multiple inputs during high-speed flight.’
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