During 2014–2015, fighter pilots associated with the USS Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group were training off the East Coast when they recorded the Gimbal and GoFast videos.
Gimbal is an official 34 second U.S. Navy video of a 2015 encounter with a UAP, captured by a US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet from the nuclear aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt, off the eastern seaboard, near the Florida coast. Like the FLIR1 Tic Tac video above, the F/A-18 was using the Raytheon AN/ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pod. The ATFLIR contains the most advanced sensors and powerful tracking lasers available and must be operated by a fully trained WSO. The ATFLIR has high resolution and can locate and designate targets exceeding 40 nautical miles from the sensor.
The strange objects, one of them like a spinning top moving against the wind, appeared almost daily from the summer of 2014 to March 2015, high in the skies over the East Coast in restricted military training airspace. Navy pilots, like Lt. Ryan Graves, reported to their superiors that they had been seeing the objects, “Every day, for at least a couple of years,” and that they were flying without refueling for 12 hours at a time, and had no visible engine or infrared exhaust plumes, or wings and flight surfaces.
Lieutenant Graves explains that he and Lt. Danny Accoin, another Super Hornet pilot, were part of a squadron, the VFA-11 Red Rippers out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia, and they were training for a deployment to the Persian Gulf. They were practicing diving from high altitudes and testing new radar systems recently installed in the jets. They were concerned about UAP that began showing up on their onboard sensors, which were mimicking their movements, and sometimes coming dangerously close to their jets. They couldn’t see them visually, until 2014 when a fellow pilot reported that he had seen the UAP, and almost hit it. He described it, saying it was, “like a sphere encasing a dark cube. The corners of the cube each touched the inside of the sphere.” The pilots were spooked by the presence of the UAP in their training airspace because the videos they were taking showed objects accelerating to hypersonic speeds, making sudden stops and instantaneous turns, which they knew were beyond the physical limits of a human crew. In other words, the acceleration and rapid stops and instant changes in direction would kill a human and tear an aircraft to pieces.
Starting Information on the display:
- Sensor is in Infrared Mode
- Sensor then switches to TV (Visual) Mode
- Sensor Azimuth is Aimed 54º Left of Aircraft Axis
- Sensor is Aimed 2º Below Aircraft Axis
- F/A-18 is in a 20º Left Turn
- Sensor Zoom is at 1.0, Switched to 2.0
- F/A-18 Calibrated Airspeed (238 KTS) Mach Number (0.58)
- “HOT” Display Designator: Hot Items are White, Cold are Black (Alternates)
- F/A-18 Altitude: 25,010 FT
The 34 second Gimbal video shows a spinning, elongated craft, likely a “disc,” traveling against the fast wind, from right to left on the sensor screen. The pilots and WSOs are seeing a “fleet” of the smaller objects just off camera, and radio transmissions convey the following conversations about the one UAP object that is centered in the sensor, while they observe several of the objects on their advanced radar systems.
0:02 — Radio transmission: “It’s a %*@$# drone.”
0:05 — Radio: “There’s a whole fleet of them. Look on the ASA [radar display].” The first person responds, “My gosh!”
0:11 — Radio: “They’re all going against the wind. The wind is 120 knots [138 mph] out of the west.”
The speed and altitude of the UAP is unusual for any drone-type aircraft. On that information alone, the likelihood of an entire fleet of drones capable of operating under these conditions is highly improbable, requiring resources only a few nations could afford.
During this conversation the sensor is switched from “white-hot” to “black-hot,” rendering a much clearer image. The pilots and WSOs can now see that the UAP looks like a distorted oval with small protrusions from the top and bottom. The object’s opaque aura is now also very distinct, revealing a “cool” glow that extends about a body thickness around the entire object. They can also see that there are no observable wings, flight surfaces, propulsion devices or exhaust plume.
0:15 — Radio: “Look at that thing, dude.”
0:24 — The UAP makes two quick adjustments, then rotates.
0:25 — Radio: “That’s not [unintelligible], is it?”
At 0:27 the object begins a series of distinct rotations and changes orientation by almost 100 degrees. Its orientation is now perpendicular to the horizontal plane despite the headwinds. This maneuver is executed in a manner that is inconsistent with current principles of aerodynamics, and possibly indicative of a vacuum environment. As the video concludes, the object’s orientation and performance seem to defy current principals of physics to include atmospheric resistance and normal aerodynamic forces. During the orientation change, it also slows to a near stop, but does not change altitude.
0:28 — Radio: “Look at that thing!”
0:30 — Radio: “It’s rotated.”
This last portion of the video is extraordinary, for three reasons.
First, the UAP rotates in a manner that exposes its flat, broad underside to the headwinds in front of it, without changing its resistance to the high winds or its velocity.
Second, in that configuration, it matches the description of Robert Lazar as he explained how the “Sport Model” UFO craft in government possession at S4 near Groom Lake functioned. He made drawings and built a model of the craft he claimed to work on, and explained how it flew through air and space, specifically indicating that it had to orient itself belly-first toward its high velocity flight path. For now, it is fascinating that a UAP that appears to be shaped like the Lazar Sport Model rotated to fly in the same configuration that he described, when the high winds would have rendered it unmanageable for a regular military aircraft.
Also important, as demonstrated on the black-hot screen, is the white glow or “halo” around the disc. At a time when every propulsion expert would say that the area surrounding the object should be dark, to register some amount of heat from the propulsion system, the immediate area around the object is white, or cold. In other words, there appears to be a field propulsion halo or bubble surrounding the object, indicating that it could well be utilizing an electro-magnetic, highly magnetic or antigravity propulsion field. This would represent a quantum leap in propulsion technology.
The Super Hornet pilots are highly trained observers and skilled at scrutinizing their targets to ascertain “friend or foe” status. They are specifically trained to look for discreet changes in shape, size, position, flight attitude (angles), and speed to determine the nature of the threat. They are highly skilled at discerning nuanced details that few people would normally recognize, which is why they break “character” in the radio transmissions—they are clearly seeing something they can’t explain. There is no known technology that enables a craft to fly in this manner, remain in the airspace for 12 hours without refueling, rotate so its broad bottom surface bucks the high velocity winds without any change in its air speed, and generate a cold field of any type around the craft while in flight. These highly unusual characteristics, coupled with its lack of wings and flight surfaces and visible means of propulsion are the reason the DOD admits it is not technology of the United States.