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Navy Pilots Spooked by 2004 UFO Encounter

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As part of a once-secret Department of Defense program to look into reports of unidentified flying objects (UFOs), a pair of Navy pilots was flying over the Pacific Ocean in the vicinity of San Diego when the tandem received an odd transmission from a radio operator aboard the U.S.S. Princeton.

Seems that the U.S. military had been monitoring unusual aircraft in the area for a couple of weeks. Reports indicated that the objects being tracked would sometimes hover for several minutes, dive tens of thousands of feet, and make erratic maneuvers.

Cmdr. David Fravor and Lt. Cmdr. Jim Slaight were asked to take a closer look and eventually spotted one of the aircraft, which measured roughly 40 feet in length and was seen hovering over the ocean at an altitude of about 50 feet.

According to a report from The New York Times, "Commander Fravor abandoned his slow circular descent and headed straight for the object. But then the object peeled away. 'It accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen,' he said in [an] interview. He was, he said, 'pretty weirded out.'"

The pilots were told by the Princeton to embark for a rendezvous point, known as the cap, about 60 miles from their position. As they made their way to the assigned spot, the Princeton radioed and told the men that radar had again detected the strange aircraft.

The radio operator said, “Sir, you won’t believe it, but that thing is at your cap point.”

“We were at least 40 miles away, and in less than a minute this thing was already at our cap point,” Commander Fravor, who is now retired from the Navy, told the Times.

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Jim Lillie

Jim began writing for newspapers and designing for publishing companies at a time when both industries were just beginning to make the switch from manual to digital platforms. Jim lives in Boulder, Colorado with his teenage son.

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