The Pentagon’s Report on Unidentified Atmospheric Phenomena UAP (UFO sightings), investigated approximately 510 indexed UAP reports collected from participating agencies and branches of the US military, and the document notes that the majority of these were collected from US Navy and US Air Force personnel who Report views through official channels.
According to Space, the report concluded that while the UAP remains an aviation safety hazard and potential threat, many of the reports “lack enough detailed data to enable attribution to the UAP with a high degree of certainty.”
Twenty-six of the sightings were classified as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), 163 were attributed to balloons or “balloon-like entities”, and six were found to be airborne objects such as birds or plastic shopping bags.
This leaves 171 reported UAP sightings that remain unattributed, and the report adds: “Some of these uncharacterized UAP phenomena appear to have demonstrated unusual flight characteristics or performance capabilities, and require further analysis.”
The report also states that factors such as weather conditions, lighting, and atmospheric effects can affect the supposed UAP monitoring, so the office operates “on the assumption that UAP reports are derived from the observer’s careful recall of the event and/or sensors that generally function correctly and capture enough of real data to allow for preliminary assessments.”
However, the report notes that some of the indexed UAP incidents covered in the report may have been caused by operator or device error, or defects in the sensors used that detected UAP in these events.
It appears that the US government takes air and aerospace safety issues seriously after years of media excitement surrounding a few highly publicized encounters reported by US Navy pilots at training ranges off the coast of Southern California, and so far, the Pentagon confirms. That these cases remain unjustified.