For many UFO fanatics, pilots may be the greatest resource in revealing the truth behind UFO sightings across the globe. But many choose to stay silent for fear of ridicule or even job loss.
That’s what makes this latest admission from President Barack Obama’s pilot during the 2008 campaign season all the more stunning. According to 28-year airline veteran Andrew Danziger, who shared his story with the NY Daily News, “virtually all pilots” believe in Unidentified Flying Objects, more commonly known as UFOs.
“I’m not going too far out on a ledge,” Danzinger said in the article. “Little green men, ‘close encounters,’ alien kidnappings,… not so much, but with billions of stars and trillions of planets out there, ‘ya gotta believe, and almost all of us do.”
Danzinger recounts his own encounter with a UFO when he first entered the aviation field as first officer at a regional airline some 25 years ago.
“We flew on and I commented to the captain, about this dimly visible disc. He said that he’d been watching the same thing since we had leveled off. We looked down below for search lights, but there was no beam of light coming from the ground, no search light from an airport either. The captain and I had cumulatively spent many years flying and were accustomed to seeing — day and night — all manner of airplane, blimp, hot air balloon, satellite and bird. But neither of us had any idea what this disc could be.”
Andrew Danzinger continued, noting how the UFO appeared to change shape and run a course almost parallel to their own.
“Above the clouds, where the white disc had been, was a now giant red ball. It was big and bright and just sat there above the clouds. It wasn’t intense enough to illuminate us with a red glow but it was still plenty bright. We sat there in stunned silence. We obviously didn’t want to hit it but quickly saw that it was flying parallel to our course. Time became a blur as we continued our descent, this giant, red ball holding its course.”
When Andrew and the Captain reported the encounter to the ground control, they were dumbfounded that the craft never appeared on radar. “So for the last say 40 minutes or so you’ve had no traffic at all, not at our one or two o’clock?” Andrew asked. “No sir, not at your one or two o’clock, not anywhere, you’re all there is,” the radar attendant assured them.
Andrew’s claims are consistent with many UFO reports made by other pilots like himself. The most famous encounter may be the 1986 incident involving Alaskan airlines flight JAL 1628. Captain Kenju Terauchi reported a terrifying ordeal with a massive UFO that followed their plane as it flew from Paris to Anchorage.