New York Times UAP / UFO Reporting

The New York Times, through the reporting of Ralph Blumenthal, Leslie Kean and Helene Cooper, has delivered remarkable news in the past three years on UFOs and the government programs to investigate them. The reporters’ 2017 stories on Navy pilot UAP encounters and associated videos changed the way the world views the UFO phenomenon. Following are links to those stories.

People Are Seeing U.F.O.s Everywhere, and This Book Proves It
The New York Times
By Ralph Blumenthal
April 24, 2017

Ralph Blumenthal explores the data-driven UFO compendium “U.F.O. Sightings Desk Reference” by Cheryl Costa, a former aerospace analyst, and Linda Miller Costa, a former librarian at the National Academy of Sciences and NASA. The 371-page text contains data on U.F.O. reports collected by Mutual UFO Network and the National UFO Reporting Center.

Glowing Auras and ‘Black Money’: The Pentagon’s Mysterious U.F.O. Program
The New York Times
By Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean
Dec. 16, 2017

The New York Times reports on the Pentagon’s secret Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, which investigated UFO reports for years under Luis Elizondo, and which was reportedly shut down in 2012, but continued to operate unofficially under different departments. Then Senate majority leader Harry Reid prompted the creation of the program in 2007, and research was conducted largely through billionaire entrepreneur Robert Bigelow’s aerospace research company.

2 Navy Airmen and an Object That ‘Accelerated Like Nothing I’ve Ever Seen’
The New York Times
By Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean
Dec. 16, 2017

The New York Times explores the November 2004 incident in which Navy pilots Commander David Fravor and Lieutenant Commander Jim Slaight were sent to intercept a UAP after a two-week period during which the USS Nimitz and USS Princeton had been following unidentified aircraft on radar. The behavior of the objects was far beyond any technology currently understood on earth. “The objects appeared suddenly at 80,000 feet, and then hurtled toward the sea, eventually stopping at 20,000 feet and hovering. Then they either dropped out of radar range or shot straight back up.” When they got to the point where the objects had been sighted Fravor saw waves in the calm sea breaking over something just below the surface. An aircraft was hovering above the disturbance in the ocean: it was white, oval and approximately 40 feet long (now known as the Tic Tac craft). Fravor later attempted to intercept the craft and it disappeared. Following this, another group of pilots, including Chad Underwood, followed the craft and obtained the now-famous Tic Tac video.

On the Trail of a Secret Pentagon U.F.O. Program
The New York Times
By Ralph Blumenthal
Dec. 18, 2017

Ralph Blumenthal offers a process story on the circumstances surrounding The New York Times’ blockbuster story on the secret Pentagon program to investigate U.F.O.s. Blumenthal explains the two-and-a-half-month effort to report and publish the story with author Leslie Kean (“UFOs: Generals, Pilots and Government Officials Go on the Record”), beginning with a tip and a confidential meeting with Luis Elizondo, then director of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program. The piece discusses then Senate majority leader Harry Reid’s involvement, with details on additional reporting and the eventual publication of the groundbreaking piece.

‘Wow, What Is That?’ Navy Pilots Report Unexplained Flying Objects
The New York Times
By Helene Cooper, Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean
May 26, 2019

The New York Times reports on Navy pilots interaction with strange objects over the east coast, “one of them like a spinning top” on a nearly daily basis during the summer of 2014 to March 2015. The piece discusses the crafts’ lack of obvious propulsion and their ability to instantly achieve hypersonic speed. Some of the encounters were videotaped in the now famous leaked Pentagon UAP videos.

No Longer in Shadows, Pentagon’s U.F.O. Unit Will Make Some Findings Public
The New York Times
By Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean
July 23, 2020

The New York Times breaks the remarkable news about an ongoing Pentagon program, the Unidentified Aerial Phenomenon Task Force, formed to address unidentified aerial phenomena and to standardize reporting on sightings. The piece noted that the UAPTF would issue a public report on findings within 180 days after passage of the intelligence authorization act (June 2021).

Navy Reports Describe Encounters With Unexplained Flying Objects
The New York Times
By Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean
May 14, 2020 (Updated July 24, 2020)

Ralph Blumenthal and Leslie Kean report on a series of 2013 and 2014 Navy pilot encounters with unidentified aerial phenomena, specifically involving small silver objects seen by the pilots and tracked by radar. Some of the encounters occurred over the Atlantic Ocean near Virginia Beach with pilots from different squadrons from the Naval Air Station Oceana, VA, and from the USS Theodore Roosevelt. A near in-air collision almost occurred, according to a pilot report, in March 2014 between an F/A-18E Super Hornet aircraft and a UAP.

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