Navy Confirms UFO Videos Posted by Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge Contain “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena”

It's the first time the military has officially acknowledged the videos

Musician Tom DeLonge attends A Conversation With Tom DeLonge at The GRAMMY Museum on October 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage)
Musician Tom DeLonge attends A Conversation With Tom DeLonge at The GRAMMY Museum on October 13, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/WireImage)
By Bonnie Stiernberg / September 18, 2019 3:13 pm

For the first time, the Navy has confirmed that three UFO videos shared by former blink-182 guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge’s To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences do, in fact, contain unidentified flying objects.

The videos, “FLIR1,” “Gimbal” and “GoFast” — recorded in 2004 and 2015 — were previously shared by To The Stars Academy, which DeLonge founded in 2015 to pursue research into UFOs and extraterrestrial life, and the New York Times. “The Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in those three videos as unidentified,” Navy spokesman Joseph Gradisher told Vice’s Motherboard.

Of course, that doesn’t mean that they believe aliens to be behind the unidentified phenomena. But the statement from Gradisher has those in the UFO community surprised and excited. “I very much expected that when the U.S. military addressed the videos, they would coincide with language we see on official documents that have now been released, and they would label them as ‘drones’ or ‘balloons,'” John Greenwald, author and curator of The Black Vault, told Motherboard. “However, they did not. They went on the record stating the ‘phenomena’ depicted in those videos is ‘unidentified.’ That really made me surprised, intrigued, excited and motivated to push harder for the truth.”

UFO-Aktuellt writer Roger Glassel told the publication that the Navy’s use of the term “unidentified aerial phenomena” is significant because it “shows that they have broadened what is expected to be reported by U.S. fighter pilots to investigate anything unknown in their airspace that in the past has been connected with a stigma. If these investigations are due to an interest in finding the cause of the UFO phenomenon — in a ufology sense — or due to reducing flight hazards or to counter unidentified intrusions by known adversaries, and readiness for technological surprise, remains to be seen.”

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