It was a foo fighter, a reflection off the plane of the navy aviator who saw it. His description is unmistakable:
The object created no rotor wash — the visible air turbulence left by the blades of a helicopter — he said, and began to mirror the pilots as they pursued it, before it vanished.
“As I get closer, as my nose is starting to pull back up, it accelerates and it’s gone,” he said. “Faster than I’d ever seen anything in my life. We turn around, say let’s go see what’s in the water and there’s nothing. Just blue water.”Foofighters were first identified during World War II, over the cloudy skies of wintertime northwest Europe. They went away when the Air Force painted its shiny bombers.
They are not as commonly seen on clear bright days, but the ocean is reflective.
Several things seem worth remarking on concerning this story:
1. The Washington Post report should have mentioned foo fighters. At this late stage in the UFO nonsense, any large paper should have an editor somewhere in its team who know something about the silly history of this crap. And another editor will the guts to get the whole story out.
2. The video was made using Raytheon tracking instruments, presumably among the best we have. They failed completely. Longtime readers of RtO (with good memories) wil recall that RtO has often cautioned that target acquisition is the most problematic aspect of aerial warfare.
(I didn't mention that in the previous post, about bombing in Iraq, but the issue never, ever goes away. It is a rare bomb that lands anywhere near its target, if the target even exists.)
3. Foo fighters are seen very often around Korea, which has weather similar to northwest Europe's.
You might want to reflect on "3" for some time, considering the association of truculent military organizations North and South; an ignorant, impulsive and stupid American president with childish ideas about weaponry and idiotic advisers; defective technology; incompetent military leadership at least on the U.S. side.
The only bright spot -- aside from Fravor's UFO -- is that his Navy superiors paid no attention to his report.