Fifteen years ago, U.S. Navy pilot Chad Underwood had an encounter with an unidentified flying object (UFO) while patrolling the skies above the North Pacific, in what is now known as the UFO incident of the USS Nimitz.
The infrared camera mounted on his F / A-18 Hornet spotted a mysterious unidentified flying vehicle that was essentially performing maneuvers a manmade aircraft could simply not.
Only in 2017, when videos of the encounter were leaked to the media, did the Navy and U.S. government decide to talk about it saying that the objects filmed in the video(s) were real.
Now, having remained silent on the matter, the pilot has been interviewed by the New York Magazine, revealing incredible details that make us believe in aliens now, more than ever.
The Tic-Tac UFO
In the recent interview, Underwood acknowledged that he was the one who coined the term “Tic-Tac” to refer to the UFO he had encountered above the North Pacific because it resembled a tic-tac, the famous artificially flavored mints.
However, the pilot explained that he dubbed the object the tic-tac only after seeing it through the camera, and not with his own eyes.
In this regard, he explains:
“I was more concentrated on looking at the FLIRAdvanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) is an optical electric- and thermal-imaging system that was developed for U.S. Navy pilots by Raytheon in the late 1990s, mainly for the detection and identification of tactical targets and the delivery of autonomous precision targeting to smart weapons. In the mid-2000s, as well as today, ATFLIR was capable of detecting and tracking targets within a range of 40 nautical miles. It was inside of 20 miles. You’re not going to see it with your own eyes until probably 10 miles, and then you’re not going to be able to visually track it until you’re probably inside of five miles, which is where Dave Fravor said that he saw it,” Underwood explained to the New York Magazine.
“So, at that point, I didn’t see anything with my eyeballs. I was more concerned with tracking it, making sure that the videotape was on so that I could bring something back to the ship so that the intel folks could dissect whatever it is that I captured,” he added.
He emphasized during the interview the odd maneuvers of the UFO, explaining that the thing that caught his attention the most was how erratically the unidentified object was behaving.
“What I mean by “erratic” is that its changes in altitude, airspeed, and aspect were just unlike things that I’ve ever encountered before flying against other air targets,” he explained.
Underwood explained that the object was flying in ways that are not physically normal, and it was precisely the movement that caught his eye. The Navy pilot explained that in aircraft, whether manned or unmanned, to function, it must obey the laws of known physics. For an aircraft to fly, it has to have some source of lift and propulsion. However, the Tic-Tac UFO was found to show none of that.
The pilot revealed that the enigmatic UFO went from 50,000 feet to a hundred feet in a matter of seconds, something that is impossible to manmade aircraft.
Speaking about skeptics and their explanations, the pilot refutes that the object he saw and filmed was a bird or a weather balloon.
“You’re not going to see birds flying at 5,000 feet. You’re going to see them more down at like 2,000 feet and below, like down to the surface. That’s just kind of how birds normally operate,” the pilot explained.
“There are weather balloons that people launch, but this was not a weather balloon — because a balloon, it just ascends and floats from low to high altitude; it doesn’t behave erratically,” he added.
Check out the entire interview here.