Our modern obsession with the idea of alien visitation truly began during the dog days of World War II, as pilots belonging to a number of different air forces began to report what, at the time, were called “foo fighters”.
The anomalies were often bright and intelligent, following pilots on their bombing runs over Europe, leading some to wonder whether or not their enemies had developed some far-advanced aircraft.
Now, more than seven decades after the kickoff of the modern-day UFO phenomenon, a pilot over North Carolina appears to have had an encounter with the legendary objects.
The intriguing incident reportedly occurred on Friday, August 12th as the unnamed witness was en route to Washington D.C. while working for a “major airline in the United States.” The sighting began when he and the captain of the aircraft noticed some pulsing lights off in the distance. Over the next 35 minutes, the duo watched the weird illuminations which the witness described as lasting around 8 to 10 seconds and building gradually from dim to very bright before fading into darkness.
The witness appeared to be rather credible.
Mystified by what he was seeing, the witness managed to capture some of the sighting on film and provided a wealth of detail in a report on the experience. Noting that “very few civilian aircraft can fly above 41,000 feet,” the pilot indicated that “the objects were about 10 degrees above the horizon from our perspective.” Additionally, the witness observed that the objects “never seemed to get any closer, even though we covered about 250 nautical miles in that time.” That puzzling aspect of the sighting has led the pilot to theorize that “they were in either the upper atmosphere or in space.”
Lucky for us, the stunned aviator was able to capture the experience on video, and has shared his harrowing encounter to YouTube.