SCU Nimitz Encounter Analysis

SCU Rendering of Commander David Fravor's Engagement with the "Tic Tac" (Credit: SCU)

The Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies completed a comprehensive analysis of the 2004 USS Nimitz UAP encounters. The report, “A Forensic Analysis of Navy Carrier Strike Group Eleven’s Encounter with an Anomalous Aerial Vehicle,” calculate that the sighted craft in the incident accelerated at rate ranging from 40 g-forces to many hundreds of g-forces with an estimated power of one to nine gigawatts. As a reference, America’s most sophisticated aircraft, such as the F-35, have reached speeds of only 13.5 g-forces while still maintaining structural integrity.

The SCU report, which runs 270 pages including all addenda (FOIA requests, etc.), based its calculations of speed and power requirements on publicly available radar reports, pilot testimony and recorded video. It includes a remarkably detailed timeline of the incident and calls for the release of more comprehensive information for scientific study.

The report deals with the November 14, 2004, incident in which the U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group Eleven, including the USS Nimitz nuclear aircraft carrier and the USS Princeton missile cruiser, were training in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California. Over a series of several days, the ships’ radar systems detected multiple groups of anomalous aerial vehicles, or unidentified aerial phenomena. The Navy commanders determined that the UAP were a safety hazard to aircraft maneuvers and called for F/A-18 Navy fighters to intercept the craft. During that effort, multiple pilots had direct visual contact with the “Tic-Tac”-shaped craft, interacted with craft and recorded infrared video of their movement. By all accounts, the craft had extraordinary capabilities, in one case reportedly dropping from 80,000 feet to sea level in less than one second.

“The objects reported by Navy officers demonstrate accelerations beyond what a pilot or any winged aircraft could survive. The characteristics of these objects cannot be explained by any type of drone or other craft,” said electrical engineer Peter Reali, one of the authors of the report.

The report concludes: “In three separate instances we have calculated acceleration rates based on testimonies of military witnesses with years of experience and knowledge related to military aircraft characteristics and capabilities. These witnesses include two United States Naval Academy graduates, one with the rank of commander and the other a lieutenant commander. The accelerations demonstrated by the AAVs are beyond the capabilities of any known aircraft in the public domain. We do not know the origin of the AAVs nor do we have any information on their means of propulsion. We do believe that sufficient information has been provided in this paper to justify the release of all information related to this incident so that a complete scientific investigation can be conducted.”

The Scientific Coalition for UAP Studies iss a think tank of some 70 scientists, researchers and professionals focused on the exploration of UAP. The organization conducts rigorous examination of these phenomena, following scientific principles, methodologies and practices.


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