This encounter was captured by an Apache helicopter multi-sensor imaging system around midnight on November 6, 2018, about 40 miles northwest of Tucson, Arizona.
The video footage shows how several unknown objects maneuver in a way that no other aircraft does.
Although difficult to distinguish in the video, the three unknown aircraft initially appear to be flying in a loose triangular formation.
All three unknown objects near the peak of Picacho’s Peak seem to be rotating around each other, as if on an invisible axis, with a stable trajectory to the east. As the Apache begins to take off, the unidentified objects continue to rotate in a blunt triangle and then disappear from view.
This is one of the first video recordings made by a military sensor system, demonstrating the highly unusual flight characteristics of a UFO despite the encounter lasting only a few seconds.
Former US Air Force fighter pilot Chris Lehto said the objects are clearly anomalous.
“It looks like three separate objects, but at a distance. The first thing that catches your eye is the rate of acceleration,” said Lehto, who spent 20 years in the Air Force flying F-16s.
Lehto’s analysis of the video taken by the crew of the Apache helicopter provides a wealth of information as to why the three objects shown in the video are unlikely to be conventional aircraft built on Earth.
The veteran explains that the speed at which objects accelerate is unlike anything he has ever seen in his life as a pilot. On the contrary, objects seem to be moving faster than we might expect to see, even for a high performance fighter like the F-16 or F/A-18.
But perhaps the most striking detail Lehto uncovered is that the rotations made by the three objects seem to indicate that the UFOs were not mechanical in origin.
“They change altitude and direction, but it’s not like we would fly, like an airplane would fly,” Lehto explained, concluding that based on what he saw in the video, the objects exhibit characteristics that defy explanation. .
As for the circular dancing maneuvers, Lehto explained that they are simply not possible, based on the unusual circular flight path that the objects show towards the end of the footage.
“They do a full 360-degree turn in less than 3 seconds,” Lehto explained, adding that “in a flat turn at Mach 0.8, 7 Gs and 14 deg/sec, the F-16 can turn 360 degrees in about 26 seconds”.