LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - It's like a scene straight out of science fiction. Two navy pilots in 2004 had a close encounter with an object they cannot identify. “Look at that thing," said one pilot. "It's rotating," said another.
The Pentagon, which released the video, admitted for the first time that for years it ran the $22-million Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, a top-secret group that investigated UFOs.
John Lear, a former airline and CIA pilot who has researched UFOs for decades, said the video is flight of fancy. "I say it's a fake," Lear said. When asked if he thinks the video is showing an unidentified flying object Lear responded “no, no, somebody penciled that in there."
Lear firmly believes aliens have been and still are visiting earth. He also believes this particular video has been doctored. "I know inside and out-all of the areas to know about UFOs," Lear said. "That's not a legitimate unidentified flying object."
Renowned astrophysicist Neil de Grasse Tyson said talk of flying objects, guided by aliens is mere pie in the sky. "Just because you don't know what it is you're looking at doesn't means it's intelligent aliens visiting from another planet," Tyson said. "Call me when you have a dinner invite from an alien."