Luis Elizondo used to run the top-secret Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program (AATIP), which investigated flying saucers.
This groundbreaking programme, which had a budget of £16.5million allocated to it annually by the Department of Defence, was run from the fifth floor of Pentagon’s C RING in Washington DC.
Former Nevada Democrat Senator Harry Reid pushed for its creation in 2007, with analysis conducted by Bigelow Aerospace of Nevada.
Stunned US navy pilots observed a “whole fleet” of UFOs that were “going against” a 120 knots wind – in one AATIP case from 2015.
Advanced sensors revealed the unknown object had no propulsion system and slowed to a near stop before rotating, it is claimed.
Now Elizondo has lifted the lid on what he claims has been learned through the Pentagon program about the seemingly out-of-this-world capabilities of UFOs.
He said: “I think we’ve come very close to understanding the physics of how it works, and that’s very exciting.
“For the first time, we have a compelling picture that what we are seeing is explained in our current understanding of physics, advanced physics, and quantum mechanics.”
Incredible footage emerged last year of a sighting involving the battleship USS Nimitz in 2004 in the Pacific off the San Diego coast.
Two US navy pilots, Commander David Fravor and Lieutenant Commander Jim Slaight, watched in amazement as an object appeared suddenly at 80,000 feet before hurtling towards the sea and stopping at 20,000 ft.
When they approached for a closer look, the 40ft long object “accelerated like nothing I’ve ever seen”, said Cdr Fravor.
And now Elizondo believes that they may have an explanation for how UFOs achieve such extreme speeds.
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“We do believe all these observables we’ve been seeing, sudden and extreme acceleration, hypersonic velocities, low observability, trans medium travel, and last but not least, positive lift, anti-gravity – is really the manifestation of a single technology,” Elizondo said.
“So it’s not five exotic technologies we’re trying to figure out, it’s one. and we think we know that one too.”
Scientists employed by Bigelow Aerospace including a physicist named Dr Hal Puthoff came to the conclusion that the craft can effectively create their own time-space bubble, which allows them to fly at such incredible speeds.
“We believe it has to do with a high amount of energy and the ability to warp space-time, not by a lot, but by a little,” said Elizondo.
More than 40,000 Americans have taken out insurance against being abducted by aliens.
While the US government said AATIP was closed in 2012, Elizondo claimed he worked on the highly-sensitive project until October last year until he resigned over “excessive secrecy and internal opposition”.
He believes the existence of extraterrestrials would be “beyond reasonable doubt” if it was ever discussed in court.
Dr Michio Kaku – America’s answer to Stephen Hawking – said the bizarre object US military personnel reported seeing pursuing some of their warplanes could be a new type of super-fast aircraft.
The space boffin said: “Are UFOs chasing our jet fighters, as recent secret documents suggest?
“Maybe they are experimental hypersonic drones. Or maybe aliens from outer space? I keep an open mind.”