United States intelligence bodies are expected to deliver a report within the week where all the U.S. government knows of “unidentified aerial phenomena” (UAP) – commonly known as UFO – will be made public.
UFOs have dominated debate and media once again after former President Donald Trump signed a 2020 Coronavirus bill, setting into motion a 180-day deadline for the Pentagon to disclose their UAP research. Following the release of historical Navy UFO footage in August of the same year, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF) were established to “detect, analyze and catalog UAPs that could potentially pose a threat to U.S. national security”.
Last year, The U.S. Department of Defence authorised the release of three declassified Navy recordings of unidentified flying objects after they circulated in the media following a leak to the New York Times.
Shot from cockpit instrumentation monitors in 2004, one of the fighter jet recordings picture a smooth, white craft labelled as a “Tic Tac” by pilots, travelling in ways far more advanced than current technology should allow, switching direction in a blink and descending 50,000 feet in seconds.
RADAR footage of Navy warships being “swarmed” by 14 alleged unidentified flying objects, travelling at speeds recorded of up to 160mph was also published by documentary filmmaker Jeremy Corbell earlier this year.
A previous expose by Corbell centred the US Navy’s capture of “spherical shaped UFOs & advanced trans medium vehicles” hovering above the ocean, before submerging themselves under the surface never to be recovered or identified. Both instances remain unclassified.
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Almost eight decades ago, on 7 July 1974, ranch worker William Brazel reported debris and wreckage of what appeared to be a craft on his property, approximately 80 miles out from Roswell. This would be the catalyst to one of the most infamous UFO sightings, still subject to debate to this day.
Following investigation, the Roswell Army Air Field issued a press release detailing a “flying saucer” crash in the city, with the story hitting the front page of the Roswell Daily Record, reading: “The intelligence office of the 509th Bombardment Group at Roswell Army Air Field announced at noon today, that the field has come into the possession of a Flying Saucer.”
This unfolded alongside multiple similar reports, including the well-known Kenneth Arnold UFO sighting. With UFO buzz at an all time high, the flying saucer story was redacted, and revised with statements of a high altitude “weather balloon crash”.
This was revised a further time, with the admittance that what Brazel had found was in fact debris from a balloon used in the highly classified Department of Defence Project Mogul.
Apparently, it was better from the Air Force’s perspective that there was a crashed ‘alien’ spacecraft out there than to tell the truth.
The sentiment of cover-ups being easier for the government than telling the truth is remembered by those still investigating the case, following many documentaries and information uncovered as recently as 2021.
Most recently, ex-army officer Walter Hault admitted in footage released this year to bearing witness to the alleged lifeless body of an alien recovered from the Roswell crash site: “It was a relatively small body comparable to maybe a 10 or 11-year-old child. It was pretty well beat up.”
After his passing, a signed affidavit shared with The Sun read: “I am convinced that what I personally observed was some type of craft and its crew from outer space.”
Following publishing of The Black Vault and more credible encounters over the years, UFO researchers and enthusiasts are welcoming the Pentagon UFO Report and the answers it could provide.