As the pilot left the scene he could see that the disturbance was dissipating. Upon debriefing with intelligence personnel, he was asked if he ever saw the “supersonic Tik Tak.” He reported that he didn’t. But the strange water phenomenon happened near where the Super Hornets were chasing the object and had just witnessed the “boiling” sea underneath it before it darted off.
VFA-41 Super Hornets v. Tic Tac Round Two
Another Super Hornet flight from VFA-41 launched after FASTEAGLE01 landed. By then it was roughly 3 PM. The crews exchanged information in the paraloft where they suit-up and suit-down before and after missions with the hopes that the second flight would also spot the object on their training mission. Once airborne and setup on station, the tracks of identified craft began to appear via the Super Hornet’s Link16 data-link terminal at roughly 30-40 miles south of their position. They could get only intermittent and faint radar returns while searching for the object with their own radar. The report describes the crew’s attempts to track the target in technical detail:
Eventually, the crew was able to spot the target on with their ATFLIR targeting pod. After landing, the Super Hornet crew noted they could not confirm that this was the exact same thing the FASTEAGLE01 had seen as they never obtained a visual on it. The FLIR video captured that day has since become its own cultural phenomenon.
The report makes the conclusion that the objects likely never went below the water’s surface due to the submarine’s lack of awareness that the event was even occurring. If it did submerge, it meant this object represented a “highly advanced capability” that could evade the submarine’s ultra-sensitive sonar and hydrophones. And that’s not the only conclusion the report comes to, there are six in all:
- The ‘Anomalous Aerial Vehicle’ was of unknown origin and represented technology not currently in the possession of the U.S. or any other nation.
- It featured broadband RF stealth making the use of radar against it largely ineffective.
- The craft manifested extreme performance but did not have lifting structures or control surfaces required for traditional flight.
- It showed that it has some kind of advanced propulsion capability making it able to go instantly from hovering to very high speed and to make very abrupt course changes.
- It was able to ‘cloak’ itself, becoming invisible visually to the naked eye.
- Possibly capable of operating undersea without being detected by the most advanced sub-surface sensors.
Luis Elizondo, a former military intelligence officer that ran the AATIP program in association with contractor Bigelow Aerospace, told the I-Team that this is one of many other documented encounters that are just as impressive, but because of their classification, he can’t share details about those incidents. It’s also worth mentioning that a somewhat similar, albeit less compelling incident has been disclosed. It occurred in the Atlantic 11 years later, with Hornet pilots once again being the on-scene investigators. You can read about this incident here and see the video that was published along with it below: