Congressman Gaetz Asserts UAP Image Presented by Military Exhibits No “Human Capability”

    Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) recently revealed his encounter with unidentified anomalous phenomena (UAP) evidence, presented by military personnel. During a Congressional hearing, Gaetz gave an account of a UAP image that, in his words, could not be attributed to any known “human capability.”

    The hearing, held on Wednesday by the Subcommittee on National Security, the Border, and Foreign Affairs, had witnesses including two former U.S. Navy pilots, Dave Fravor and Ryan Graves, and whistleblower ex-intelligence officer David Grusch. The Congressman was reportedly shown the said UAP image several months ago during his visit to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, accompanied by Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) and Rep. Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL).

    “Several months ago, my office received a protected disclosure from Eglin Air Force Base indicating there was a UAP incident that required my attention,” Gaetz wrote on X, the social media site formerly known as Twitter. He later requested a briefing on the situation and brought Burchett and Luna with him during the visit to the base.

    Access to the images, radar data, and flight crew conversation related to the incident were initially denied. However, after repeated demands from the Representatives, Gaetz was allowed to see a photograph captured by a flight crew member involved in the UAP encounter. Gaetz was the only one shown the UAP image and was permitted to talk directly with the pilot who took the photo.

    The Congressman recounted, “The image was of a UAP that I am not able to attach to any human capability, either from the United States or from any of our adversaries.” The pilot reported encountering a fleet of four UAPs “flying in a diamond formation” during a training exercise over the Gulf of Mexico.

    Furthermore, Gaetz was allowed to review radar data that corroborated the visual observations made by the pilot. As the pilot approached the UAPs, his radar and Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) system started malfunctioning, forcing him to resort to manual controls to capture an image of the UAP.

    When asked to describe the object in the photo, Gaetz could only refer to it as an “orb” that didn’t seem to match “any human capability” he was aware of. During Wednesday’s hearing, he queried witness Dave Fravor on how incidents where UAPs appear to disarm onboard systems on military aircraft should be dealt with.

    Fravor responded, noting that this issue touches on national security. He mentioned instances in history where unidentified objects disabled capabilities in sensitive areas, which is indeed disconcerting.

    Fravor cited an instance where footage obtained by Chad Underwood, a Weapons System Officer onboard a F/A-18 Super Hornet during a 2004 incident, “completely disabled the radar on the aircraft.” He suggested that Underwood could only capture an image of the famous ‘Tic Tac’ object passively, given the circumstances.

    Instances of instrumental disturbance during pilot-UAP encounters have been reported before. A 2021 investigation by The Debrief revealed several instances where aviators reported UAPs passing dangerously close to their aircraft, causing instrumental disturbances.

    The All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office (AARO), currently overseeing the Pentagon’s UAP investigations, is working on more than 800 reports involving sightings of unidentified objects, with many observed by pilots.

    Gaetz expressed his concerns over the ongoing stigma that prevents pilots from reporting their encounters. “It was stated explicitly to me by these test pilots that if you have a UAP experience, the best thing you can do for your career is forget it and not tell anyone,” he said during Wednesday’s hearing, acknowledging the consequences this perception has on personnel.

    The Congressman stressed the need for a culture shift if the truth about these phenomena is to be uncovered, emphasizing that we must collectively work towards dispelling the associated stigmas. The hearing marked a significant step in this direction, as serious and transparent discussions on such phenomena continue to evolve.

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