Feds reportedly spent $22M on mysterious UFO program

Cmdr. David Fravor a retired Navy pilot at home in Windham N.H. Dec. 8 2017.
Fravor’s encounter with an unidentified aircraft of some kind — whitish — that was around 40 feet long and oval in shape over the Pacific while on a training mission

Feds reportedly spent $22M on mysterious UFO program

Experts spent years investigating reports of unidentified flying objects under the program, which was run by military intelligence official Luis Elizondo deep within the Pentagon's maze.

The newspaper said its initial funding came largely at the request of former Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid, long known for his enthusiasm for space phenomena.

Following the article's publication, Pentagon spokeswoman Laura Ochoa told Reuters: "The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Programme ended in the 2012 timeframe".

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Pentagon officials told the Times the program was shuttered in 2012, when its funding was diverted to other department needs. The Pentagon confirmed AATIP's existence, though it's yet to comment on whether the program is still running despite lacking government funding.

Most of the $22 million a year went to an aerospace research company run by a billionaire entrepreneur and longtime friend of Reid, Robert Bigelow, who is now working with NASA to produce expandable craft for humans to use in space. "Much progress has been made with the identification of several highly sensitive, unconventional aerospace-related findings", Mr. Reid wrote in a letter to a deputy defense secretary at the time. Researchers also studied people who said they had experienced physical effects from encounters with the objects and examined them for any physiological changes.

In 1947, the Air Force investigated more than 12,000 claimed sightings.

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"Two F-18s approach, the four aviators see that the object has no wings or exhaust - it is white, oblong, some 40 ft long and perhaps 12 ft thick", Mellon said, describing the incident at the launch of the project that is aimed at deepening the research into the UFOs in October. Following his resignation, he joined the for-profit To The Stars Academy of Arts and Sciences. As the pilots attempted to chase the aircraft it turned toward to the jets only to take a position behind them in a few moments in what Mellon called "a series tumbling maneuvers that seem to defy the laws of physics".

Mr. Elizondo who ran the programme until 2012 said that the effort continued and that he had a successor, whom he declined to name.

"I'm not embarrassed or ashamed or sorry I got this thing going", he said. "I've done something that no one has done before". "I've done something that no one has done before".

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