A retired Navy pilot said recently that during his time in the armed forces encountering unidentified aerial phenomena was not a rare occurrence, but a typical feature of his everyday life.
Ryan Graves is one of the Navy pilots who famously filmed an unidentified flying object soaring off the coast of Jacksonville, Florida, in 2015. The videos, published in 2017 and 2018 by the New York Times and later authenticated by the U.S. Navy, initiated a wave of public interest and spawned congressional inquiry into such sightings.
But to Graves, that incredible encounter was not all that uncommon.
During an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes," which aired Sunday, Graves said that for him and some other Navy colleagues, spotting UFOs in the sky was something he experienced "every day for at least a couple years."
In fact, Graves "sounded almost bored" as he recounted his past experiences with UFOs to a national television audience, the Washington Post reported.
Nonetheless, his stunning statement prompted CBS correspondent Bill Whitaker to jump in, saying, "Wait a minute. Every day for a couple of years?"
"Mhmm," Graves responded.
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In recent months, the Pentagon has confirmed several other leaked UFO videos as real — including a "pyramid-shaped" object hovering over a U.S. warship and a "spherical" object vanishing into the ocean off the coast of California, both recorded by the military in 2019.
In March, apparently reacting to information presented at a congressional hearing, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio (Fla.) acknowledged to a reporter during an impromptu interview that there have been several instances of UFOs flying over U.S. military bases.
"There's stuff flying over military installations and no one knows what it is and it isn't ours," Rubio said.
He added that there may be a "logical explanation" for the phenomena, but at this point, nobody knows.
"Maybe it's another country, and that would be bad news, too," he said.
The American public will hopefully know more in six weeks when a U.S. national intelligence report is due which requires the government to disclose everything it knows about UFOs.
The report, expected to be released sometime in June, was mandated as part of last year's $2.3 trillion appropriations bill signed into law by former President Trump. Under the obscure provision, U.S. intelligence agencies along with the Pentagon were required to disclose all information on UFOs to the Senate Intelligence and Armed Services Committees within 180 days.