The Tic-Tac UFO Encounter Documented

UFO Sightings

Date: November 14, 2004.
Time: 14:00 EDT
Location: the Pacific Ocean, 100 miles southwest of San Diego, California.

What began as a normal, mundane training exercise for two Naval air force pilots soon turned into the best and well known documented UFO sighting of this century. Witnesses to the UFO encounter include an array of military trained personnel. As of yet, none of them have explained the unusual event.

Preceding deployment to the Persian Gulf, the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group conducted a number of drills and training exercises.

A couple of hours after midday two F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets from the Carrier received an odd but memorable order.  An officer ordered them to cease their training maneuvers and report to new coordinates.


Video footage from the Tic-Tac UFO sighting encounter of 2014. Image sourced: Vice.

The pilots were instructed that this was a “real-world” task they had to deal with. Neither of the fighter jets was equipped with live weapons.

The two pilots, which were unnamed at the time, had no idea what they needed to prepare for. Little did they know that they were about to encounter and film a live UFO sighting. A UFO encounter that some years later would be made public.

This is the documented story of that UFO encounter.

UFO Encounter at 80,000 feet

Prior to the fighter jets being scrambled, radar devices had been detecting unknown aerial objects for a couple of days. Officially, the Navy calls these objects “anomalous aerial vehicles” or AAV’s for short. This term is favored over the common unidentified flying object or UFO. Over the years, the abbreviation UFO has been damaged. It is often associated with fake UFO news.

In accordance with Kevin Day, who worked on the USS Princeton as a senior radar operator, the Navy had detected more than 100 AAV’s in this time frame.

The History Channel has an upcoming TV series about this UFO event. During an interview, Mr. Day says that “watching them (the AAV’s) on the display was like watching the snow fall from the sky,”

Some anomalous aerial vehicles appeared as high up as 80,000 feet. This attitude is much higher than a common commercial or military flight.

Unidentified: Inside Americas UFO Investigation

Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation airs in May of this year. Sourced from To The Stars.

Initially, the crew attributed the aerial phenomenon as simple equipment malfunction. However, as everything was functioning properly, they began to realize the authenticity of the radar detections.

Mr. Day explains that he spoke to his commander about the detection anomalies. And how he felt eager to discover what was happening.

Once an opportunity came up, an officer ordered fighter jets to a nearby location of an AAV.


The UFO Encounter

The officer requested two fighter jets to intercept an AAV on November 14, 2014, at 14:00.

Initial reports from the pilots indicated that they could not visualize any aerial vehicles. However, Commander David Fravor – the lead pilot – stated there was “disturbance” in the ocean below. He describes how the waves crashed against an object that sat just below the ocean surface.

Soon the pilots noticed a hovering object roughly 50 feet above the water. Commander Fravor, who has over 16 years of flight experience, detailed the object as such:

  • Colour: White
  • Size: 40 feet long
  • Shape: Like a Tic-Tac candy
  • Means of flight: No obvious signs of propulsion

It’s white. It has no wings. It has no rotors. I go, ‘Holy sh*t, what is that?‘” he reported back to command.

Unidentified Flying Object History Channel

Tic-Tac UFO encounter between an AAV and US Navy fighter jets. Image credit: TV Insider.

Fravor explained that the maneuverability of the craft was like nothing he had ever witnessed before. It could change direction out of the blue.

Fravor’s wingman, a novice pilot at the time but now a high-ranking Navy officer, confirmed her past Commander’s story. However, she has remained in anonymity.

As Commander Fravor tangles with this AAV, Mr. Day says that more fighter jets were launched off the Carrier in order to intercept the other remaining AAV’s detected on radar.

The encounter between a fighter jet and UFO was captured from the plane of one of the pilots that launched after Fravor’s initial encounter.

Exposing the UFO phenomenon

While many Navy officials knew of the 2004 UFO sighting, it did not become public knowledge until 2017. Only when the New York Times printed an article and released video footage did the general population understand what was going on.

The exposure of the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP) also came to light. The AATIP is a Department of Defence program that deals with AAV cases.

Although the government maintains the stance that the AATIP was officially closed in 2012, many believe that it is still operational to this day.

Even the US Congress will look into the AATIP UFO sightings.

As this story begins to grow, will we soon have an answer to the mystery behind the Tic-Tac UFO encounter?

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