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    Just Donít Call Them UFOs

    Just Donít Call Them UFOs

    The U.S. military wants pilots to report strange sightings in the sky, but doesnít want any of the stigma that comes with it.

    Pilots are about to receive a new memo from management: If you encounter an unidentified flying object while on the job, please tell us.

    The U.S. Navy is drafting new rules for reporting such sightings, according to a recent story from Politico. Apparently, enough incidents have occurred in ďvarious military-controlled ranges and designated airspaceĒ in recent years to prompt military officials to establish a formal system to collect and analyze the unexplained phenomena. Members of Congress and their staffs have even started asking about the claims, and Navy officials and pilots have responded with formal briefings.

    The Washington Post provided more details in its own story:

    In some cases, pilotsómany of whom are engineers and academy graduatesóclaimed to observe small spherical objects flying in formation. Others say theyíve seen white, Tic TacĖshaped vehicles. Aside from drones, all engines rely on burning fuel to generate power, but these vehicles all had no air intake, no wind and no exhaust.

    The Navy knows how this sounds. It knows what you must be thinking. But the fact stands that some pilots are saying theyíve seen strange things in the sky, and thatís concerning. So the Navy is trying to assure pilots that they wonít be laughed out of the cockpit or deemed unhinged if they bring it up. ďFor safety and security concerns, the Navy and the [U.S. Air Force] takes these reports very seriously and investigates each and every report,Ē the Navy said in a statement to Politico.
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    I have no problem with the term UFO. I've seen them. But I very serious doubt they flying saucers but rather simply an object moving in the sky that I cannot identify.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    I have no problem with the term UFO. I've seen them. But I very serious doubt they flying saucers but rather simply an object moving in the sky that I cannot identify.
    I think it's a very fitting term - they are objects that are flying, and we don't know what they are! I guess they're dealing with the stigma, and the fact that, in the past, military pilots would be reprimanded for saying anything about them over the radio, or they would suddenly get changes in assignments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    I think it's a very fitting term - they are objects that are flying, and we don't know what they are! I guess they're dealing with the stigma, and the fact that, in the past, military pilots would be reprimanded for saying anything about them over the radio, or they would suddenly get changes in assignments.
    I remember one conversation back in the Project Blue Book days where the recording has the pilot radioing in an unidentified object pacing him, and flight control asked "are you declaring you are seeing a UFO".... there was a pause, then the pilot said "negative". A number of recordings like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cow Poke View Post
    I remember one conversation back in the Project Blue Book days where the recording has the pilot radioing in an unidentified object pacing him, and flight control asked "are you declaring you are seeing a UFO".... there was a pause, then the pilot said "negative". A number of recordings like that.
    well at first people were talking about flying saucers and discs, then the military wanted to make it sound more obscure and official so they came up with "unidentified flying objects/UFO"

    I guess now that UFO has become the popular term they want to use something different again.


    I don't think the term "bogey" has been adopted by the UFO crowd that much yet.

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    Hmm... if it looks and acts like a drone, maybe it's just a drone!
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    Considering how everybody and their brother has a camera in their cell phone one would think we'd seen some clear images or video of something by now. I mean images of tornadoes were relatively rare decades ago but now they're everywhere yet we still only get a handful of of "flying saucers" and the quality of them usually sucks.

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    I heard the original "ufos" were some secret military thingy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rogue06 View Post
    Considering how everybody and their brother has a camera in their cell phone one would think we'd seen some clear images or video of something by now. I mean images of tornadoes were relatively rare decades ago but now they're everywhere yet we still only get a handful of of "flying saucers" and the quality of them usually sucks.
    Cell phone cameras (at least the ones I've experienced) aren't so good at taking clear images of small light objects in dark skies.
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