UFO Buster Radio News – 320: Tic-Tax Witness Weary of Alien Stigma and Starliner Bust.
That’s how the Navy pilot Chad Underwood described the thing he saw hurtling through the sky on November 10, 2004. Underwood recorded the object using an infrared camera after his commanding officer, David Fravor, spotted the unusual shape during a flight-training exercise.
For 15 years, Underwood remained largely silent about the encounter. But in an interview with New York magazine this week, he revealed what it was like to capture the UFO on video.
“At no point did I want to speculate as to what I thought this thing was — or be associated with, you know, ‘alien beings’ and ‘alien aircraft’ and all that stuff,” Underwood told the magazine. “It is just what we call a UFO. I couldn’t identify it. It was flying. And it was an object. It’s as simple as that.”
A few days earlier, a guided-missile cruiser called the USS Princeton had been tracking about eight to 10 mysterious flying objects near the Catalina and San Clemente islands in California.
“Dave Fravor was like, ‘Hey, dude. BOLO.’ Like, be on the lookout for just something weird,” Underwood told New York magazine.
An unclassified report from the Department of Defense described the object as “solid white” and “smooth,” with a shape resembling “an elongated egg.” Underwood was the one who coined the nickname “Tic Tac.”
“The thing that stood out to me the most was how erratic it was behaving,” he told New York magazine. “Its changes in altitude, air speed, and aspect were just unlike things that I’ve ever encountered before flying against other air targets.”
The DOD report said the object “possibly demonstrated the ability to ‘cloak’ or become invisible to the human eye” and might be able to “operate undersea completely undetectable by our most advanced sensors.”
Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Institute. “If they’re more than 35 light-years away, there hasn’t been enough time for our signals to get to them, and for them to decide, ‘Well this is worth the money to go down there and fly around,'” he said. “The really good evidence that we’re being visited still has failed to surface.” 1984.
Boeing CEO Muilenburg Resigns 1 Day After Starliner’s Historic Landing
But the leadership change likely has little if anything to do with Starliner. Muilenburg is stepping down effective immediately, Boeing representatives said. Boeing chief financial officer Greg Smith will serve as interim CEO before Muilenburg’s permanent replacement, current board chairman David Calhoun, takes the reins on Jan. 13.
“A change in leadership was necessary to restore confidence in the company moving forward as it works to repair relationships with regulators, customers and all other stakeholders,” Boeing representatives said in a statement today.
Starliner launched Friday (Dec. 20) on its first-ever spaceflight, an uncrewed mission to the ISS called Orbital Flight Test (OFT). But the capsule suffered a glitch with its internal timing system shortly after liftoff and didn’t make it up to the orbiting lab.
Starliner ended up spending 48 hours in orbit rather than the originally planned eight days, coming back down to Earth on Sunday morning. But the capsule notched some important milestones during the brief flight. Launch and landing, the two most important phases of flight from an astronaut-safety standpoint, went well, and Starliner performed well in the space environment, NASA and Boeing representatives said.
The uncrewed flight test was scheduled to dock with the ISS on Dec. 21 and be sent back to Earth on Dec. 28. A timing error prevented this maneuver and so Boeing decided to amend Starliner’s schedule and bring it back to home soil early. NASA celebrated the mission as something of a success with Boeing ticking off a number of mission objectives.
“This mission has only strengthened the resolve of the NASA, ULA, and Boeing teams,” said Jim Morhard, NASA deputy administrator. “The hardest parts of this mission were a tremendous success.”
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