It’s a Bird, It’s a Plane, It’s, It’s … a UFO?

That time I witnessed a huge, shining blob zip over San Diego Bay

On Nov. 14, 2004, pilots of two F/A-18F Super Hornet fighter jets from the USS Nimitz Carrier Strike Group encountered this large Tic Tac-shaped object flying about 100 miles southwest of San Diego. The image was taken with an infrared camera aboard a Navy jet. Cmdr. and Top Gun pilot David Fravor said of the object, ”It’s white. It has no wings. It has no rotors. I go, ‘Holy sh*t, what is that?” Lt. Cmdr. Alex Dietrich said, “It was so unpredictable — high G, rapid velocity, rapid acceleration.” The author of this piece describes seeing a similar object zip over San Diego Bay five years earlier in 1999.
In May 1999, the author and a dozen colleagues witnessed a bright spherical object while on a San Diego Bay cruise. The object approached from the northwest, zipping over Point Loma. It slowed momentarily over San Diego Bay about a quarter mile from the bow of the author’s ship. It then abruptly changed direction and zoomed off at an unearthly speed toward the eastern horizon.
An image of a mysterious craft taken from a Navy fighter jet off the coast of Virginia in 2019. Of the phenomenon, Lue Elizondo, former Director of the Pentagon’s Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program says, “Imagine a technology that can do 6-to-700 G-forces, that can fly at 13,000 miles an hour, that can evade radar and that can fly through air and water and possibly space. And oh, by the way, has no obvious signs of propulsion, no wings, no control surfaces and yet still can defy the natural effects of Earth’s gravity.”



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Craig K. Collins

Author of Midair (Lyons Press, 2016) and Thunder in the Mountains (Lyons Press, 2014). At work on a novel, as well as a book of historical non-fiction.