Official USG Video: 2004 Nimitz UAP Incident

FLIR1 is the second of three US military videos of unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) that has been through the official declassification review process of the United States government and approved for public release. It is the only official footage captured by a US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet present at the 2004 Nimitz incident off the coast of San Diego. Like GIMBAL, this footage comes with crucial chain-of-custody (CoC) documentation because it is a product of US military sensors, which confirms it is original, unaltered, and not computer generated or artificially fabricated. While there have been leaked versions on the internet, the CoC establishes the authenticity and credibility that this version is the original footage taken from one of the most advanced sensor tracking devices in use.

The sensor, a Raytheon AN/ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pod, has two imaging modes: mid-wave infrared and visual. It has high resolution and can locate and designate targets at distances exceeding 40 nautical miles. The FLIR1 footage shows what was on display to the fighter pilots in the cockpit of their Super Hornet. Here are the major features and what they mean:

Description of HUD (Heads Up Display) seen in the FLIR1 video as filmed by a US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet using the Raytheon AN/ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) pod.


It is important to note that this video was delivered without audio. The filename “FLIR1” appears to reference the fact that this video was captured by a Forward Looking Infrared System (FLIR).

As the video starts, the sensor is in infrared “white-hot” mode—white elements in the display are warmer than the dark, or cooler, areas. The UAP appears as a white shape in the middle of the screen. The chasing aircraft is in a left-hand turn flying Mach 0.55 at 19,990 feet altitude. The UAP is flying slightly above (6 degrees) and 4 degrees to the right of the Super Hornet. Pilot interviews state that the UAP was hovering at 24,000 feet.

Note that there is no visible exhaust plume from the object. Mid-wave infrared images of hovering aircraft, such as the AV-8B Harrier, would clearly reveal an exhaust plume if one was present.

At 0:15, the weapon sensor operator (WSO) changes the zoom from 1.0 to 2.0, making the object much larger on screen.

At 0:18, the WSO changes to TV mode and the zoom resets to 1.0. At 19 seconds, the operator changes the zoom to 2.0. In the visual band, the object appears dark against the bright daytime sky and is clearly oblong shaped.

At 0:41, the WSO changes the image back to IR mode and then resets zoom to 1.0.

At 0:52, the sensor either breaks lock on the object or the object shifts rapidly. The sensor rapidly regains lock.

At 1:11, the WSO changes zoom several times.

At 1:14, the object suddenly and instantaneously accelerates to the left, out of view of the sensor at what appears to be unprecedented velocity without a sonic boom or other associated tell-tale signatures of a conventional craft. The acceleration is so high that the sensor cannot maintain track. This type of flight performance cannot be achieved by any known aircraft.


With the chain-of-custody documentation, FLIR1 shows credible evidence of a flying vehicle that demonstrates characteristics unlike anything we know, understand, or can duplicate. The video along with eye-witness accounts by US navy professionals have allowed us to conclude the following characteristics about the UAP:

• Hovering without a propulsion exhaust plume.

• Extreme maneuverability and startling changes in acceleration.

• Attaining hypersonic velocities, typically referring to speeds over Mach 5 (five times faster than the speed of sound), without an indication of a sonic boom.

It is because we cannot replicate these flight characteristics with existing technology, we believe this is indicative of beyond next generation technologies and necessitates further research.


To read a pilot report that discusses this event in further detail, please click here.

To watch an interview regarding this event with Commander David Fravor, U.S Navy (Ret), who was piloting one of the F/A-18F Super Hornets that day, please click here.

To read an Executive Report that provides additional information on this and other sightings, please click here.

Additional credible footage, reports, and analyses to follow here on the TTS Academy COI.