Retired American officer, fighter pilot Ryan Graves, in an article for The Hill, spoke about unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP) that he regularly observed during his years of service.
“Objects demonstrating extreme capabilities routinely fly over our military facilities and training ranges. We don’t know what they are, and we are unable to mitigate their presence,” the pilot said.
The officer noted that about 50-60 people who served with him in 2014-2015 could tell that they observed “unidentified anomalous phenomena” on a daily basis. “UAPs is a national security issue and we urgently need more data,” Graves said.
“Why don’t we have more data? Stigma. I know the fear of stigma is a major problem because I was the first active-duty fighter pilot to come forward publicly about regular sightings of UAP, and it was not easy. There has been little support or incentive for aircrew to speak publicly on this topic.
“There was no upside to reporting hard-to-explain sightings within the chain of command, let alone doing so publicly. For pilots to feel comfortable, it will require a culture shift inside organizations and in society at large.”
Last week, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence released the second anomalous phenomena report, according to which, as of August 30, 2022, US authorities have recorded more than 500 sightings of unidentified flying objects (UFOs).
Most UFO sightings have been recorded by US Navy and Air Force pilots and operators who have witnessed them. At the same time, not a single collision of an aircraft and an unidentified flying object was recorded.
“In 2023, we need to keep up the momentum to end the stigma and get the data. We should encourage pilots and other witnesses to come forward and keep the pressure on Congress to prioritize UAP as a matter of national security. Only one thing is clear about UAP: The fog of secrecy serves no one”, Ryan said.