A Growing Number of Pilots Claim to See UFOs - Carlos GaminoBy Carlos Gamino

If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve seen several stories over the past few months about pilots coming forward and claiming that they’ve seen UFOs – but is there any truth to the stories, and should we be worried?

Retired Commander David Fravor, the most recent in a group of former pilots who claim to have encountered alien UFOs over the last few months, spent 18 years as a Navy pilot, flying F/A-18 fighter jets.

He says that on November 14, 2004, he ran into alien life over Southern California.

“I can tell you, I think it was not from this world,” Fravor told ABC News. “I’m not crazy, haven’t been drinking. It was — after 18 years of flying, I’ve seen pretty much about everything that I can see in that realm, and this was nothing close.”

Fravor says that the white aircraft was hovering about 50 feet over a “disturbance in the ocean” and was shaped like a Tic-Tac candy.

He’s not the only former Navy pilot to have a story like this one, either.

Former Senate majority leader Harry Reid was responsible for securing funding for the U.S. Department of Defense’s Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program, which had a $22 million budget each year out of the DoD’s cut of the pie. The program began in 2007 and was officially ended in 2012, although the Washington Post says that data collection was still in existence as of November 2017.

So should we be afraid?

Maybe.

Chinese sci-fi writer Liu Cixin says, “No civilization should ever announce its presence to the cosmos. Any other civilization that learns of its existence will perceive it as a threat to expand, as all civilizations do, eliminating their competitors until they encounter one with superior technology and are themselves eliminated. This grim cosmic outlook is called ‘dark-forest theory,’ because it conceives of every civilization in the universe as a hunter hiding in a moonless woodland, listening for the first rustlings of a rival.”

Planetary scientist David Brin feels the same. He’s an outspoken critic of searching for alien life, pointing to our own planet’s history. What happens when we encounter a foreign culture for the first time? More often than not, it doesn’t end well.

What Do You Think?

Is there a possibility that alien life is out there, or that these pilots really did see alien spacecraft? If there is, should we be hiding from it with a “War of the Worlds” mentality, or should we welcome it with open arms like we’d welcome “ET”?

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Carlos Gamino