This interview was conducted by To the Stars Academy in November 2017 with Commander David Fravor, U.S Navy (Ret). At the time of the 2004 event, Cdr Fravor was the Commanding Officer of Strike Fighter Squadron 41, flying the newest aircraft in the U.S Navy, the F/A-18F Super Hornet. Commander Fravor had 16 years of experience flying tactical aircraft for the Navy with over 3,500 flight hours and was a graduate of the Navy Fighter Weapons School, better known as TOPGUN.
On November 14th, 2004, CDR Fravor and his WSO (Weapon Systems Officer) were flying with another F/A-18F Super Hornet from VFA-41 on a routine training mission that was focused on Air Defense of the carrier battle group.
Soon after the two aircraft joined together as a flight, CDR Fravor was told that the training event was going to be suspended and that real world tasking would take precedence. The flight of two F/A-18F Super Hornets were to investigate an unknown aerial contact. The contact was one of many that had been descending from above 80,000 feet and hovering around 20,000 ft during the previous two weeks. This was the first time that the contacts were seen while aircraft were airborne.
When the Navy aircraft reached the location, the crews noticed a white “Tic Tac” shaped object that was hovering over a disturbance in the ocean. The weather was clear and sunny, a beautiful Southern California day. CDR Fravor descended to get closer to the object. Soon after he began the descent, the object began to mirror his flight path. When CDR Fravor and his WSO made a vertical move to get even closer, the object accelerated at a rate well beyond any aircraft technology that they had ever seen and disappeared.
The object then did reappear at the location that the F/A-18F Super Hornets were supposed to be holding.
An aircraft that launched just prior to Cdr Fravor’s aircraft landing aboard USS Nimitz managed to obtain video footage of the object. Click here to view that footage.
To read a written report from another pilot who was also in the air that day, please click here.
To this day, the crews do not know what it was that they saw, but they feel that it was nothing that was developed with the known technology on earth at that time.