Commander David Fravor, a fighter pilot formerly assigned to the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Force, was the first pilot to see the UAP in the now famous incident off the coast of Southern California in 2004. He stands among the most powerful and credible witnesses in the history of UFOs.
Fravor, commanding officer or Strike Fighter Squadron 41, “The Black Aces,” was responding with other pilots to repeated radar signals of unidentified craft. He reported seeing a white, oval object described as a Tic Tac hovering above a T-shaped disturbance in an otherwise placid ocean. The roughly forty-foot-long craft darted about and made maneuvers that were beyond the capability of human technology before disappearing and reappearing miles away. The encounter was confirmed by other pilots on the scene, and later by a separate crew of pilots, including Chad Underwood, who took the now-famous infrared video of the craft.
Fravor has provided numerous interviews on the subject, and has appeared in multiple documentaries. In an interview with ABC News, Fravor said: “I can tell you: I think it was not from this world. I’ve seen pretty much about everything that I can see in that realm, and this was nothing close. I have never seen anything in my life, in my history of flying that has the performance, the acceleration—keep in mind this thing had no wings. You know, you see a lot of interesting things. But to come up on something that’s a 40-foot-long white Tic Tac with no wings, that can move really in any random direction that it wants and go from hovering over the ocean to mirroring us to accelerating to the point where it just disappears—like, poof, then it was gone.”
A native of Toledo, Ohio, Fravor enlisted in the Marine Corps at age 17, later transferring to the Naval Academy. He initially trained as a midshipman aboard the USS Nimitz and eventually returned to lead the squadron he used to watch fly. He spent 24 years in the U.S. military, 18 as a Navy jet pilot, with five deployments in Iraq. Fravor retired from the Navy in 2006, and lives in New Hampshire.