THE navy pilot who shot the famous video footage of a UFO encounter near the USS Nimitz carrier group has broken his silence.
Fifteen years on, Chad Underwood has revealed his experience and admits he cannot be sure if the object was from this world.
Speaking to New York Magazine, Underwood detailed his experiences over the Pacific Ocean on November 2004 when he was confronted with an object that “wasn’t behaving by the laws of physics”.
He said: “It was just behaving in ways that aren’t physically normal.
“It wasn’t — to the best of my knowledge — a cruise missile or any other kind of test aircraft that we possibly may have not known about, just because of the way it was behaving.”
It was Underwood’s in-flight video that caused a sensation in 2017 after the Pentagon confirmed that the footage was authentic.
The incident unfolded during a USS Nimitz carrier group exercises off the coast of Mexico.
Crew aboard the Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser USS Princeton, had been spending the past two weeks tracking mysterious aircraft on and off with an advanced AN/SPY-1B passive radar.
There was no method of propulsion that was keeping it airborne: no wings, no heat, keeping it airborne or aloft
They were so baffled about what they were seeing the radar system was shut down and restarted to check for bugs.
Then on November 14, Underwood took off on the deck of the Nimitz keeping his eyes open for the mysterious craft.
He said: “All of a sudden, I got this blip on my radar,' Underwood recalled in the new interview.”
Underwood estimated the weird object was about 20 miles away and he was able to pick it up on his infrared gun-pod camera.
He said: “Like I said, it was just very erratic.
“It would go from like 50 feet off the ground, which when you’re out in the open ocean, you know, off the coast of San Diego, it looked like it was just hovering over the water.
“But there was no method of propulsion that was keeping it airborne: no wings, no heat, keeping it airborne or aloft.”
But Underwood did not speculate about what he witnessed.
He said: “It is just what we call a UFO. I couldn’t identify it. It was flying. And it was an object. It’s as simple as that,' he said.
“I’ll let the nerds, like, do the math on what it was likely to be. I just happened to be the person that brought back the video.”
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