A top pilot has warned it is just a "matter of time" until a UFO brings down a jet after the US Government admitted they are probing at least 11 near-misses.
Former US Navy Lieutenant Ryan Graves said he was buzzed by a “dark cube” inside a “clear sphere” almost daily while on training missions off the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in 2015.
As a naval safety officer he said the UFOs posed a danger to aircraft.
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He is one of a number of pilots to give evidence to the current US Government probe into 650 close encounters between military personnel and UFOs.
A video of the mystery craft which confronted Graves' squadron – shot by a fellow pilot – features in the final episode of National Geographic's UFOs: Investigating the Unknown.
Graves told the program that he and FA-18 Super Hornet pilots started seeing radar contacts that we did not think belonged there' before two jets flying in tandem had a dangerous close encounter.
He said the lead pilot on the mission saw an object zip right by his aircraft' passing within 50ft.
“What they described was a dark cube inside some type of clear sphere where the corners of the cube are touching the inside of that sphere,” Graves said.
“When the crew came back they were shocked and they were like 'Hey we almost hit one of those damn things'.
“There was really no answer to what it was and so our squadron filed a safety report.
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“And we continued filing reports."
Graves said it took the US Government six years to launch an investigation into what the UFOs were.
“We spend a lot of time, a lot of resources, ensuring that our aircraft operate safely and to think that we would ignore a potential safety issue because of a little scepticism around a three-letter acronym – it just doesn't make sense," he went on.
“It's just a matter of time until there's a mid-air collision.”
Graves has told investigators the UFOs were pretty much always out there ranging in number from two to seven. Pilots began operating in different parts of the training area to avoid hitting the mystery objects.
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When the USS Theodore Roosevelt relocated 600 miles south from Virginia to Jacksonville, Florida, the sightings continued.
That was when an FA-18 pilot filmed one of the most famous of all UFO videos showing an object looking like a "spinning top".
Pilots could be heard shouting “oh my gosh” and “look at that thing dude – it’s rotating”.
Graves said he had since had reports from pilots who say they still see similar objects.
“The truth is that no-one knows what they are,” he said.
“But we have the ability to figure it out if we want to.”
US Deputy Director of Intelligence Scott Bray told Congress he was aware of at least 11 near-misses between military aircraft and UFOs.
Though he did not know what the mystery craft was, he added: “I can say with certainty that a number of these are physical objects.”
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