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May 29, 2024
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May 29, 2024

OMG, UAP?

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane… it’s an Unidentified Aerial Phenomena?

     For decades, UFOs, known as Unidentified Flying Objects, have left many curious and fascinated with the topic of life outside of Earth. From random videos on the internet or conspiracy theorists to military personnel sharing the stories with the world, people’s attention has been grabbed and debates have been sparked in nations across the globe.

     One event in particular was shared with the world in 2021 but took place in 2004 along the coast of San Diego, California. US Navy pilot, David Fravor, is known for one of the most intense contacts with a so-called UFO, which is now known as a UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena). He began by sharing how he was on a normal training exercise when, all of a sudden, he and his wingman were called into a real world vector, and they were sent out to the West to fly toward an unknown anomaly that was showing on the radar.

     Once Frazer got closer to the target, he described seeing a roughly 40-feet-long object that looked like a white Tic Tac. After a minute of contemplation, David decided to take a closer look and began a downward spiral descent towards the UAP, starting at 20,000 feet. However, at roughly 18,000 feet, the object turned towards Fravor and started mimicking his movement by going at an upward spiral until it passed him and disappeared off radar. After about 30 to 40 seconds, they received a radio message saying that the object had been picked up on radar again 60 miles away. The “Tic Tac” event has left a huge mystery in the UAP phenomenon, especially because the story is not just a random internet video but from a respected pilot that served for his country. It’s speculated that the government might be hiding the truth behind it all, as this happened so long ago.

     Another intriguing encounter with UAPs happened to Bob Lazar. On Joe Rogan’s podcast, he claimed to work in a site called S-4 near Area 51. At the time, until he had mentioned it, S-4 was never known to exist to the public. According to Lazar, he was hired for reverse engineering in hopes he would be able to help understand how something unexplainable worked. He talked about the objects he was studying as “super fighter jets” the US obtained, however once inside, being able to see how the reactor would create its own gravitational field, he knew this was something else. Lazar claimed the US had nine different rounded objects that obtained a mysterious propulsion system, powered by element 115. This element was added to the periodic table in 2016 as Moscovium, while Bob worked with it in the late 1980’s. This is crazy since people back then said he was nuts and was lying about it all, yet he knew about a strange element that the US was privately studying that the public didn’t know about. Everything discussed about these objects, to this day, defies the US’s current understanding of physics.

     In today’s point of view, UAPs are still a big mystery. However, they have been talked about more and more since the Pentagon got involved. There have been many briefs and conferences surrounding the topic, and members have come out and confirmed these sightings are not fake. Since then, NASA has taken the responsibility in researching these incidents more so they can get to the bottom of it once and for all. Their efforts have brought a scientific perspective into the spotlight. Whether someone believes in aliens or not, people should believe any military personal member about their sighting because they have nothing to lose, yet only face backlash from sharing their experiences. Hopefully, NASA and the government will provide more answers on what the objects are in the sky and if the US knows more than what they’re saying.

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