Following years of speculation, the U.S. Navy has officially authorized the release of three unclassified videos showing UFOs whipping through the sky.
Former blink-182 singer Tom DeLonge's UFO research group, To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science (TTSA), played a huge role in bringing these clips to light, originally sharing them in 2017 with the help of The New York Times.
Titled “GIMBAL.wmv,” “FLIR.mp4,” and “GOFAST.wmv,” you've likely come across the black and white shots before as they're some of the most famous UFO encounters ever recorded. In fact, the TTSA copies hold over 25 million combined YouTube views.
FLIR was filmed in Nov. 2004 while GIMBAL and GOFAST were taken in Jan. 2015.
They show various instances of unidentified aerial phenomena (UPA) as they're followed by the Navy's powerful tracking and sensor systems. Commentary from members of the Navy can be heard throughout.
"What the fuck is that thing?" asks someone in the GOFAST clip above. "Oh my gosh, dude," says another.
In a statement shared on Monday, the Department of Defense said they were releasing the clips "in order to clear up any misconceptions by the public" regarding the legitimacy of the recordings. Previously, the Navy acknowledged that the videos were real, but never officially published their own copies.
The DOD also reinforced that the aerial phenomena captured on tape remain "unidentified." They must've never heard of Lil Mayo...
DeLonge, who now plays in the band Angels & Airwaves, celebrated the long-awaited release of the footage by thanking TTSA's shareholders and hinting at how he and his team will continue pushing the "grand conversation" forward.
"Next, we plan on pursuing the technology, finding more answers and telling the stories," he tweeted.
According to a Motherboard report published in Jan. 2020, the Navy supposedly owns a classified version of the FLIR video, which documents a 2004 encounter between the USS Nimitz and an unknown aerial object.
You can watch the other two official videos shared this week below. They're also available for download.
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