The footage was released late last week by To The Stars Academy Of Arts And Science, a private research and media firm, which also provided analysis of the clip. "The wind is 120 knots to the west. Look at that thing dude".
An F/A-18 Super Hornet military jet captured this infrared video from several miles away of an unidentified flying object moving at high speed. "Look at that flying!" another exclaims.
News of the mystery program and the first two declassified videos of the odd objects introduced the possibility of extraterrestrial aircraft for the first time since the Air Force's Project Blue Book, records cataloguing more than 12,000 UFO sightings between 1947 and 1969, when the program was shut down.
It notes that the date, exact location and other information have been removed from the video per the government's request.
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. The fighter jets however found nothing.
The video reveals an undisclosed Navy encounter that occurred off the East Coast in 2015 and was captured using an F/A-18 Super Hornet ATFLIR.
Defense Department officials who analyze the relevant intelligence confirm more than a dozen such incidents off the East Coast alone since 2015.
But Christopher Mellon, an adviser to TTSA and a former deputy assistant secretary of defence for intelligence, said credible "reports from different services and agencies remain largely ignored and unevaluated" by the Pentagon.
"I can tell you, I think it was not from this world", retired US Navy pilot Commander David Fravor told ABC News in an interview in December 2017.
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Mellon observed that military departments and agencies have instead treated "such incidents as isolated events rather than as part of a pattern requiring serious attention and investigation".
"There is no Pentagon process for synthesising all the observations the military is making".
One of the problems hampering development was the stigma associated with conducting research in this field, Mellon observed.
"Nobody wants to be "the alien guy" in the national security bureaucracy", Mr Mellon wrote.
"Whoa! Got it!" one of the pilots, yells out loud after locking on to the UFO.
In an acknowledgment of the program previous year, the Pentagon said the initiative ended in 2012, and former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid told the Times its funding came from "black money" - meaning appropriations for covert programs.
He questions whether the clip could be "evidence of some alien civilisation" or proof that the U.S. was "technologically leap-frogged by Russian Federation or China".
In December members of To The Stars were featured in an expansive New York Times piece. "This is true up and down the chain of command, and it is a serious and recurring impediment to progress", he said.
Unfortunately, we have no idea, because we aren't even seeking answers.