U.S. Dept. of Defense releases three videos of "unidentified" aircraft
The United States Department of Defense has permitted the release of three unclassified U.S. Navy videos which show "unidentified" aerial phenomena.
"The Department of Defense has authorized the release of three unclassified Navy videos, one taken in November 2004 and the other two in January 2015, which have been circulating in the public domain after unauthorized releases in 2007 and 2017," said Susan Gough, spokeswoman for the Department of Defense, in a statement released on Monday.
The Pentagon decided to declassify the footage, which was recorded in 2004 and 2015, to "clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that has been circulating was real or whether or not there is more to the videos," a spokesperson said. "The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as 'unidentified.'"
The videos captured what Navy fighter pilots caught on their video sensors during training flights in 2004 and 2015, and they began circulating among the public after the New York Times published them in 2017. In April of 2019, the Navy acknowledged that the release of the videos had prompted the development of new guidelines for how Navy pilots report sightings of "unauthorized and/or unidentified aircraft."