A former US Navy pilot has warned that a UFO could cause a fatal mid-air collision with a jet after revealing that he encountered a mysterious flying object almost daily while on training missions, reports dailystar.co.uk.
Ryan Graves, who served as a lieutenant in the US Navy, said he was repeatedly buzzed by a “dark cube” inside a “clear sphere” that flew at incredible speeds and performed impossible maneuvers.
He said the UFOs posed a danger to aircraft and claimed that the US Government was investigating at least 11 near-misses between military personnel and unidentified aerial phenomena (UAPs).
Graves’ testimony and video footage of the UFO that he and his squadron encountered are featured in the final episode of National Geographic’s UFOs: Investigating the Unknown.
He told the program that he and his FA-18 Super Hornet pilots started seeing “radar contacts that we did not think belonged there” before two jets flying in tandem had a dangerous close encounter with one of the objects.
He said: “We saw this little white Tic Tac-looking object. And it’s just kind of hovering above us, pacing us about half a mile back. And then it just rapidly accelerates and disappears.”
Graves said he was concerned about the safety implications of the UFOs and reported them to his superiors.
He said: “I think it’s just a matter of time until someone looks up and sees one of these things and it’s too late. I know that I’m worried about them flying around. And I know that they’re probably worried about us flying around.”
Graves also shared his personal opinion on the origin and nature of the UFOs, saying that he believed they were not from this planet and speculated that they could be part of a secret program by a foreign adversary or an extraterrestrial intelligence.
He said: “I don’t know who’s building them, who’s got the technology, who’s got the brains. But there’s something out there that was better than our airplane.”
He added: “We have helicopters that can hover. We have aircraft that can fly at 30,000 feet and right at the surface. But combine all that in one vehicle of some type with no jet engine, no exhaust plume. It is something different.”
He concluded: “This is a difficult one to explain. You have rotation, you have high altitudes. You have propulsion, right? I don’t know. I don’t know what it is, frankly.”