Tom DeLonge, the famous co-founder of rock band Blink-182, posted three pieces of footage to YouTube around the end of 2017 and beginning of 2018 that featured “US military videos of unidentified aerial phenomenon.” The videos, which have racked up more than 15 million views to date, are, frankly, exactly what you’d expect crazy UFO sightings to look and feel like. Now, it turns out that’s the case because, according to the U.S. Navy, they were actually UFO sightings.
Maybe all “the small things” have big heads and eyes and want to invade our planet?!
One of the “UAP” videos posted by Delonge to YouTube, verified as genuine by the U.S. Navy.
Mashable picked up on the new UFO news, which was originally published by The Black Vault, a site run by civilians dedicated to “exposing government secrets… one page at a time.” While DeLonge seems to have always been a purveyor of the validity of the three UFO videos, people remained skeptical — as is extremely understandable — even though the New York Times was the first to release one of the videos.
But in documents obtained and released by The Black Vault, Joseph Gradisher, an official spokesperson for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare, states that “The Navy designates the objects contained in these videos as unidentified aerial phenomena.”
Another one of the videos posted to YouTube by Delonge.
These words from Gradisher are undoubtedly sweet vindication for DeLonge, who has dedicated a big portion of his life to investigating UFOs and other extraterrestrial phenomena. In fact, the three UFO videos DeLonge put up — dubbed Gimbal, Go Fast, and FLIR1 — were posted via To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science (TTS Academy), a company DeLonge co-founded “with the goal of advancing our current understanding of scientific phenomena and its technological implications.”
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I was in New York yesterday getting ready for our show when my phone explodes with messages that the Navy has acknowledged that the three videos taken by their fighter pilots really do show unidentified aerial phenomenon. I applaud their lifting the silence. THIS IS HUGE! The @tothestarsacademy team has been working tirelessly in Washington to move the subject of UAPs past stigma and toward acceptance. You’ve seen a glimpse of our efforts on @history’s docuseries #Unidentified. You’ve seen the conversation change in the mainstream media over the last couple of years. You’ve seen our Government leaders start to ask questions that haven’t been asked in a long time. The Navy even recently announced a policy change that made it easier for its personnel to report unusual sightings, which is a giant first. But this acknowledgement by the Navy is unprecedented. Facts are starting to replace unsubstantiated claims and the fog that has masked the reality of UAPs is clearing. WE ARE MAKING REAL PROGRESS – I AM SO EXCITED!!
Before anybody calls for scrambling the fighter jets or grabbing a bunch of half-full water glasses and a bat (pour one out for aqua-phobic baddies from Signs), we should highlight that even though the Navy says these UFOs are unidentified, that does not mean they are not man-made. In fact, that “unidentified aerial phenomena” terminology is apparently used because, according to Gradisher, it works as “the basic descriptor for the sightings/observations of unauthorized/unidentified aircraft/objects that have been observed entering/operating in the airspace of various military-controlled training ranges.”
Unfortunately, it’s literally impossible to say what kind of crafts are featured in the videos, but best guess is that they’re probably all one type of drone or another. Even the pilots in one of the clips above have them pegged as such. Although there’s obviously still room for speculation, as well as another season of DeLonge’s show about aliens on the History Channel.
— Tom DeLonge (@tomdelonge) June 8, 2019
What do you think of these videos of “UAP” sightings? Do you think we’re just looking at a bunch of state-of-the-art drones, or should we be working on that whole Space Force thing with mad celerity? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
Feature image: To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science