The US Navy pilot who filmed the USS Nimitz UFO encounter off the coast of San Diego has spoken out for the first time – and admits he still doesn’t know what the object is.
Chad Underwood’s recording from his F/A-18F super hornet back in 2004 became one of the most talked-about UFO experiences of all time, when it was released in a 2017 New York Times article.
The fascinating footage showed a strange, oblong-shaped object soaring through the skies and was dubbed a “tic-tac” UFO by the pilot.
Those who witnessed the craft claimed it dropped from huge heights in a matter of seconds – defying the laws of gravity.
Commander David Fravor was the first to make visual contact with the object, but it wasn’t until Underwood launched hours later that video was taken.
Speaking to New York Magazine, he backed up previous claims of the “erratic” nature of the craft.
“And what I mean by ‘erratic’ is that its changes in altitude, air speed, and aspect were just unlike things that I’ve ever encountered before flying against other air targets,” he said.
“Because, aircraft, whether they’re manned or unmanned, still have to obey the laws of physics.
“They have to have some source of lift, some source of propulsion. The Tic Tac was not doing that.
“It was going from like 50,000 feet to, you know, a hundred feet in like seconds, which is not possible.”
The pilot was equally confused by the apparent lack of propulsion in the craft.
He pointed out that a source of heat was visible in the video but didn’t seem to be coming from an exhaust plume.
Ever since the footage was leaked, experts in the field and other workers on the USS Nimitz and nearby USS Princeton have weighed in with their thoughts.
Some have suggested the object was a secret craft being developed by the US Navy – without its pilots’ knowledge.
But Underwood appeared to reject this “because of the way it was behaving”.
He also pointed out there was no debriefing after the encounter – which goes against what normally happens when something is spotted on a training exercise.
“That leads me to think that it was not a government project,” he added.
Underwood told the magazine that he had high-level security clearance so it would have been unlikely that he wouldn’t have been told about the craft if it was part of the military.