Tom DeLonge‘s years-long effort to publicize alleged UFO sightings came to fruition this week when the U.S. Navy officially released three of the clips the former Blink-182 singer has been talking about for years.
The eerie clips, titled “GIMBAL.wmv,” “FLIR.mp4” and “GOFAST.wmv” were first published by the New York Times and DeLonge’s UFO research organization, To the Stars Academy, in 2017 and 2018.
In one, among the most infamous alleged UFO sightings on record, a Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet jet has an otherworldly encounter with an unidentifiable, white, oval-shaped object off the coast of San Diego in 2004. DeLonge, a space devotee who has been obsessed with unexplained phenomena for much of his life, founded the ufology organization To the Stars Academy of Arts & Sciences, which produced the 2018 six-part History Channel show Unidentified: Inside America’s UFO Investigation.
DeLonge, of course, could not have been more elated that the videos were officially declassified, as evidenced by a series of tweets. “With today’s events and articles on my and @TTSAcademy’s efforts to get the US Gov to start the grand conversation, I want to thank every share holder at To The Stars for believing in us. Next, we plan on pursuing the technology, finding more answers and telling the stories,” he wrote.
With today’s events and articles on my and @TTSAcademy’s efforts to get the US Gov to start the grand conversation, I want to thank every share holder at To The Stars for believing in us. Next, we plan on pursuing the technology, finding more answers and telling the stories.
— Tom DeLonge (@tomdelonge) April 28, 2020
DeLonge took his victory lap by wondering why so many military helicopters are always around when UFO are? Coincidence? He thinks not. He was also very excited that former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada — who has long pushed for the release of information on UFOs — praised the Pentagon’s efforts to share the videos.
“I’m glad the Pentagon is finally releasing this footage, but it only scratches the surface of research and materials available,” Reid tweeted Monday. “The U.S. needs to take a serious, scientific look at this and any potential national security implications. The American people deserve to be informed.” The Navy released the three videos on Monday, featuring objects the Pentagon refers to as “unidentified aerial phenomena.”
“After a thorough review, the [Department of Defense] has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems, and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena,” Pentagon spokeswoman Sue Gough the Washington Examiner in a statement about why the clips are now officially seeing the light of day.
In one video, an aviator can be heard saying, “Whoa, got it! Woohoo! What the f— is that thing?” as another reacts by asking, “Wow, what is that, man?” The object quickly flies away from the jet that is capable of flying at nearly 2,000 miles per hour. The 2017 Times article detailed a hidden UFO program in the Pentagon called the Advance Aerospace Threat Identification Program.
The story noted that the program was formerly run Luis Elizondo, a military intelligence official who resigned in October 2017 over the lack of attention to “the many accounts from the Navy and other services of unusual aerial systems interfering with military weapon platforms and displaying beyond-next-generation capabilities.” After resigning from the $22 million-a-year program, Elinzondo joined DeLonge’s To the Stars Academy.
Back in September, a Navy spokesperson acknowledged the videos promoted by DeLonge, telling Vice that “the Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in those three videos as unidentified.” In addition to writing such Blink songs as 1999’s “Aliens Exist,” DeLonge has spoken passionately about his belief in UFOs for decades, co-writing the 2016 book Sekret Machines Book 1: Chasing Shadows about the dark corners of the Defense Department, claiming in 2015 that he’s had contact with aliens and, in 2017, sweeping up the UFO Researcher of the Year Award from OpenMinds.tv.
Watch all three videos below.