Tic Tac UFO Sightings From Aboard the USS Nimitz

Updated June 10, 2021
UFO in colourful seascape

In 2004, U.S. Navy pilots pursued a UFO, dubbed the Tic Tac due to its shape and white color. The video recording of their pursuit was leaked to the public in 2017 and has been fueling speculation ever since.

Tic Tac UFO Video

Navy fighter pilot, Commander David Fravor of the of the USS Nimitz Carrier, Strike Fighter Squadron 41, the Black Aces were participating in routine air defense exercises off the coast of California. However, the training exercises were interrupted when his crew was handed off to another ship to conduct "real world tasking."

When his crew arrived at the ship, the pilots had no idea the Navy had been tracking the Tic Tac UFO prior to the squadron's arrival. The pilots were simply given the coordinates for the exercise. Commander Fravor and his squadron believed they were participating in a routine exercise.

With no other information about what his crew was seeking, the pilots were instructed to gather visual information should they encounter a UFO. Commander Fravor states when he arrived on the scene, he thought there was a possible crashed airliner underneath the churning water in an otherwise calm ocean. It was after spotting the water turbulence that he noticed the Tic Tac UFO.

The pilots were astounded when the UFO accelerated beyond supersonic speeds. They were unable to see any type of exhaust trail from the UFO. The lack of any visible sign of the UFO's propulsion system combined with the vehicle's amazing maneuvering capabilities wasn't anything the pilots had ever witnessed.

They were flying new Super Hornets, the latest U.S. military technology, yet their jets couldn't keep up with the object they were pursuing. Upon closer observation, Commander Fravor didn't see any wings or rotors on the aircraft. The UFO began climbing toward him and shot across the path of the squadron jets, then disappeared in a matter of seconds.

Tic Tac UFO Reappears

After the Tic Tac UFO disappeared, Commander Fravor was soon notified by the controller that they had spotted the UFO once more. They were in total disbelief since the Tic Tac object had miraculously traveled 60 miles in less than one minute. This type of speed and maneuverability was far beyond any kind of technology these pilots or anyone had ever seen.

When the squadron pilots returned to the carrier, other crews were sent to continue the hunt and pursue the Tic Tac UFO. One of the jets had a new FLIR1 on board. The video seen around the world was captured by the second crew using the infrared sensor camera. During the pilots' pursuit of the UFO, their radars jammed.

However, they were able to capture video of the Tic Tac UFO on the FLIR1. The now famous footage of the FLIR1 Tic Tac UFO video was first leaked to the public in 2017. There have been rumors that the original footage of the unique Tic Tac UFO is much longer than what was released to the public.

In May 2019, the History Channel premiered a new series, Unidentified: Inside America's UFO Investigation that features the team's lead field investigator and whistleblower is Luis "Lue" Elizondo. Elizondo is the former director of the $22 million secret Pentagon unit known as the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (ATTIP). The ATTIP was founded in 2007.

In May 2020, The Pentagon announced the formation of the Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) Task Force (UAPTF). The military chose to use the acronym UAP over the commonly used UFO. In May 2021, 60 Minutes interviewed two jet pilots of the 2004 Tic Tac sighting and those involved in the History Channel investigative series.

Interview With Radar Operator

The controller who witnessed the Tic Tac UFO was interviewed on the Discovery Channel's TV series, Contact. He first explains how he'd been tracking 10 objects in the sky prior to the arrival of the jet pilots he sent to investigate. The radar operator/controller explained during the interview that the Tic Tac UFO traveled at extremely unprecedented high speeds.

He stated the object descended into the ocean and then reemerged from the water, traveling 28,000 ft. straight up. He added that the object climbed that high in a split second. With this type of rapid acceleration, there would normally be a series of sonic booms. However, he stated there were no sonic booms- no sound at all as the object traveled at an unbelievable speed.

To help the two interviewers understand how fast the Tic Tac was traveling, the radar controller stated the average person can withstand around 8 Gs. This means the gravitational force is eight times that of the person's weight. He made this comparison to the amount of G-force created by the Tic Tac UFO, which was 1,350 Gs. The radar operator/controller explained how a G-force of 1,350 would completely crush a human being.

Tic Tac UFO Sighting by USS Nimitz Pilots

Crews from the USS Nimitz encountered the Tic Tac UFO and were astounded by its speed and maneuverability. It was the second crew of Navy pilots that captured the now famous video clip that was released along with a chain-of-custody (CoC) documentation authenticating its origins as U.S. military.

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