During 2014–2015, fighter pilots associated with the USS Theodore Roosevelt carrier strike group were operating off the East Coast when they recorded the GIMBAL and GOFAST videos while reporting instrument detections of unknown aerial objects which the pilots were unable to identify. The now infamous GIMBAL video was released by the Pentagon on December 16th 2017.
Summary from Wikipedia: “On November 14, 2004, fighter pilot Commander David Fravor of the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group investigated radar indications of a possible target off the coast of southern California.
Fravor said the operator had told him that the USS Princeton (CG-59), part of the strike group, had been tracking unusual aircraft for two weeks prior to the incident. The aircraft would appear at 80,000 feet before descending rapidly toward the sea, and stopping at 20,000 feet and hovering. Fravor reported that he saw an object, white and oval, hovering above an ocean disturbance. He estimated that the object was about forty feet long. Fravor and another pilot, Alex Dietrich, said in an interview that a total of four people (two pilots and two weapons systems officer in the backseats of two airplanes) witnessed the object for about 5 minutes. When Fravor spiraled down to get closer to the object, the object ascended, mirroring the trajectory of his airplane, until the object disappeared. A second wave of fighters, including pilot Lieutenant Commander Chad Underwood, took off from Nimitz to investigate. Unlike Fravor, Underwood’s fighter was equipped with an advanced infrared camera (FLIR). Underwood recorded the FLIR video, and coined the description “Tic Tac” to describe the infrared image, but did not himself see any unusual object.
There are many critics and debunkers of this footage. Most argue that what we are seeing is some form of optical artefact, equipment malfunction or other aircraft misidentified by the pilots.
Here is an example of an alternate explanation: https://petapixel.com/2020/04/28/that-navy-ufo-footage-has-an-optical-explanation/
Context is everything:
Here are 2 videos:
- The first is an explanation (using a flight simulator) of exactly what targeting systems and technological tools were available to the pilots involved in the GIMBAL incident.
- The second is the released footage that has now become known as the GIMBAL video. If you have not seen it you might like to watch this one first.
Original display footage from the US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet:
Here is a link to a full description of this video: https://thevault.tothestarsacademy.com/gimbal/