Pentagon UFO Footage: Where to Watch the Three Declassified Videos of 'Unidentified Aerial Phenomena'

The Department of Defense (DoD) has officially released unclassified videos of unidentified flying objects (UFOs) to the public after they had been previously leaked.

According to a statement issued by DoD, the first of the videos was taken in November 2004 and leaked in 2007. The other two were filmed in January 2015, and subsequently published by the New York Times in 2017.

"The U.S. Navy previously acknowledged that these videos circulating in the public domain were indeed Navy videos," says the statement. "After a thorough review, the department has determined that the authorized release of these unclassified videos does not reveal any sensitive capabilities or systems and does not impinge on any subsequent investigations of military air space incursions by unidentified aerial phenomena."

DOD released the videos to clear up any misconceptions by the public on whether or not the footage that had been circulating was real. "The aerial phenomena observed in the videos remain characterized as 'unidentified,'" the statement says.

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Robert J. Salvo, a 13-year-old boy, walking his dog purports to have taken a photo of a flying saucer. The youth showed this photograph to the Army. No comment was made from the military. Getty Images

Where can I watch UFO videos?

The videos are available to watch online at the FOIA "reading room."

What is a UFO?

Also known as Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP), UFOs are objects seen in the sky that cannot be immediately identified. This could mean any type of object or optical phenomenon, however, over the decades the term UFO has been linked with extraterrestrial life.

The first usage of the term "flying saucer" was in connection with a UFO sighting in 1947 near Mount Rainer in Washington. A businessman and aviator called Kenneth Arnold claimed to see a group of nine high-speed objects—he estimated the speed of the objects as several thousand miles per hour.

Arnold described that the objects looked like "saucers skipping on water," which resulted in a newspaper reporting that they were "saucer shaped" objects. This is where the term "flying saucer" comes from.

In 1952, a UFO-spotting craze swept across the U.S. A series of radar and visual sightings happened near Washington National Airport. The official statement was that the incidents were due to temperature inversions over the city sky, but some people were not convinced.

The CIA decided to ask the government to create a panel of scientists to investigate the phenomena. This was known as the Robertson Panel.

Other panels have been set up to review evidence on UFOs since this time, but there has been no concrete footage or evidence to suggest that the UFOs are extraterrestrial beings or belong to them.