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Are images seen of UFOs, 'off-world' tech or tech that has been developed here on earth?

With the release of footage by the Pentagon in April of United States Navy pilots reacting to unidentified flying objects in the sky, is this an admission of the existence of off-world technology, or technology that has been developed secretly here on earth? In a recent interview, Barack Obama was asked about the validity of the UFO sightings. Instead of shrugging off the question, as previous Presidents and former Presidents have done, Obama admitted that "When it comes to aliens, there are some things I just can't tell you on air".

Since man first looked up into the skies, we have been fascinated as to whether we were 'really' alone in the universe; a generation brought up over the last 60 years, watching science fiction tv shows and blockbuster movies of man's encounters with 'beings from another planet'; 'War of the Worlds' a radio drama broadcast in 1938 so real that British listeners believed we were actually being invaded by Martians, or 'Forbidden Planet' first shown in 1956, then came 'Star Trek, 'Space 1999', 'Star Wars' and the epic 'Close Encounters of a Third Kind'. We have always been fascinated in what lies out there beyond our earth, in the deepest reaches of space, far beyond our own world.

Man had ventured into space on missions during the 60s and early 70s, and then living in space in Skylab and then more recently on the International Space Station (ISS), but on no occasion did astronauts or cosmonauts encounter anything out of the ordinary, or admit to it.

However, it has to be implausible that we couldn't be the only ones 'out there' in the vast universe. With the continuing bombardment of images, some stills and some video footage, we have been constantly reminded that maybe there is something or some other being out there.

The press and public have always had stories and reports of things people have seen flying in the sky, that cannot be explained. Flying saucers, shiny discs, dark triangles and lozenges have all been seen, with some sketched out as a drawing, some hazy black and white images and now as we progress into the 21st century, colour footage filmed on smart phones and digital cameras, but none clear enough to see anything in crystal clear detail.

Back in April the Pentagon admitted that three videos of footage, one shot onboard a Navy jet in 2004 over the Pacific Ocean of fast moving objects, that the jet tracked for a short period, was of unknown origin and classified as an unidentified flying object (UFO). The two Navy pilots, Cmdr. Dave Fravor and Lt. Cmdr. Alex Dietrich, spoke out for the first time in the documentary "60 Minutes" about what they saw.

"We saw this little white Tic-Tac-looking object… and it's just kind of moving above the whitewater area," Fravor said.

"No predictable movement, no predictable trajectory," Dietrich added. The object was traveling so fast, that the onboard radar could only lock on to it for just seconds before it disappeared.

"I can tell you, I think it was not from this world," Fravor told ABC News in an interview. "I'm not crazy, haven't been drinking. It was — after 18 years of flying, I've seen pretty much about everything that I can see in that realm, and this was nothing close."

Another set of footage was recorded in early 2015 by a Navy jet on the East Coast between Virginia and Florida. Then in August 2020, the Pentagon announced that it was setting up a task force to investigate UFO sightings that had been reported by the military in recent years and the onboard footage recorded by navy jets, these encounters now had visual evidence to back up the sightings.

"The Department of Defense established the UAPTF [Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force] to improve its understanding of, and gain insight into, the nature and origins of UAPs. The mission of the task force is to detect, analyse and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security," the Pentagon said in a statement.

So, with the Pentagon now taking these aerial encounters and sightings seriously and now more people coming forward with their own witness accounts and their video footage to back it up, so what are these objects? Off-world technology that has travelled across galaxies to get here, or the result of technology that has been developed here on earth and just hasn't been revealed yet?

Up until now, we have always believed that force was needed to propel an object in a forward motion in order to travel and that the force needed to do this was the result of using some form of engine or rocket propulsion system. Apollo 11 had been blasted into space from Cape Canaveral in July 1969 by a huge Saturn V rocket, burning 20 tonnes of kerosene and hydrogen fuel to power the rocket 42 miles above earth. That was just enough fuel to get up into space and away from the gravity of earth. How are objects that could fly through space from a distant galaxy, going to be propelled and what sort of propulsion would they use?

As we see the video footage taken by the Navy jets, the movement and speed of these unidentified Tic-Tac-looking objects certainly doesn't look like any current device we currently use here on earth. That doesn't mean that it wasn't developed here and that the technology was so advanced that it was best not to confuse man with a new set of rules to rewrite the physics books.

We know that one form of invisible, non-mechanical power, is that of a magnet and that magnetic propulsion, Maglev (magnetic levitation), is being developed to allow trains to run using two sets of magnets. One set to repel and push the train off the track and another set of magnets to elevate and move the train forward without touching any form of rails. Without the hindrance of friction, these trains can travel faster and more economically.

But these unidentified flying objects that we now see in these Navy videos aren't travelling on magnets, they defy gravity, seem to stop and change direction with no predictable movement and no predictable trajectory. Have scientists been working on a form of propulsion that can make an object fly using the earth's gravity or magnetic fields or 'something else', but just haven't come out and admitted it publicly yet, or is the Navy footage we see the result of a genuine documented encounter, not manmade, but evidence that another intelligent race has defied our own current science and developed a very clever way to cross the universe from a distant planet?

With more and more people now carrying smart phones with clever focusing cameras, storing higher resolution imagery, we wait to find out whether any future footage can 'at last' record in clearer detail the existence of these UFOs and what they actually look like in greater detail and this may then shed some light as to whether these fast gravity defying flying objects are manmade or an off-world technology that maybe 100 to 1,000 years ahead of our own scientific advancement.





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