Unidentified Flying Objects have been reported by such reliable sources as Ezekiel, who saw the wheel, through George Washington, to John Lennon and ex-President Jimmy Carter. Although, to be fair, a Man in Black on The X-Files pointed out that it was proven the former leader of our United States of America only saw the planet Venus. Two commercial aircraft pilots added to the growing dossier on possible alien craft when they issued two reports within minutes of each other on the afternoon of February 24.
The Federal Aviation Administration released radio traffic from pilots of an American Airlines flight and a Learjet skipper, who reported a UFO over southern Arizona last month, according to CNN. The mysterious encounter happened not far from Roswell, N.M., the site of the reported 1947 UFO crash that started flying saucer mania.
The FAA offered no explanation for the mysterious bright object the pilots saw.
“Was anybody, uh, above us that passed us like 30 seconds ago?” the CNN report quotes the Learjet pilot asking.
Pilot: “Okay. It’s a UFO!”
Controller: (laughing) “Yeah.”
The tapes capture the controller warning another pilot.
Controller: “American 1095, uh, let me know if, uh, you see anything pass over you here in the next, uh, 15 miles.”
Pilot: “Let you know if anything passes over?”
Controller: “American 1095, affirmative. We had an aircraft in front of you that reported something pass over him and, uh, we didn’t have any targets. So just, uh, let me know if you see anything pass over you.”
Not long after the warning the commercial pilot confirmed the controller’s calculated trajectory of the object.
Pilot: “Hey, it’s American 1095. Yeah, something just passed over us. I don’t know what it was, but at least 2,000-3,000 feet above us. Yeah, it passed right over the top of us.”
Controller: “Okay American 1095, thank you.”
In an interview with Abilene, Texas TV station KTAB/KRBC-TV, the American Airlines pilot Blenus Green, a retired B-1 pilot who has been flying for 20 years, said the object was flying at about 40,000 feet. American Airlines Flight 1095, an Airbus A321, was flying from San Diego to Dallas. The object was seen over the Sonoran Desert between Picacho and Mammoth. Near the border with New Mexico, the area is home to three air force bases: Holloman, Davis-Monthan, and Luke, as well as Fort Huachuca, which berths unmanned aircraft units.
American Airlines referred all questions to the FAA.
“We have a close working relationship with a number of other agencies and safely handle military aircraft and civilian aircraft of all types in that area every day, including high-altitude weather balloons,” the FAA spokesperson said.
The veteran American Airlines flyer said he wasn’t sure “whether it was a balloon or whatnot.” He said it had “a big reflection” and was “traveling several thousand feet above us, going the opposite direction.”
The sighting follows a recent video footage upload from the independent research group To the Stars Academy of Arts and Science that captured a high-speed chase and some very excited Naval pilots.