The fear factor surrounding pilots reporting UFO encounters doesn’t have as much to do with being afraid of the objects as it does with the fear of ridicule and losing their jobs if they report it. Just ask ex-Marine Reserve Squadron Capt. Larry Jividen, a nine-year Marine Corps captain and commercial airline pilot. It took him almost 40 years to file speak about his UFO encounter.
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Jividen was a flight instructor for the Marine Corps at the Pensacola Naval Air Station. On the night of Feb. 6, 1975, Jividen took off at twilight for a two-hour round-trip special training flight with five other naval officer pilots. He was piloting a T-39D Sabreliner combat trainer and utility aircraft. Unexpectedly, the flight evolved into a game of tag with an unidentified flying object (UFO).
Jividen told The Huffington Post, “At about 9 o’clock, we were descending from a high altitude — around 33,000 feet — and I looked off to the right side of the airplane where I saw a solid red light at our one o’clock position and altitude. He said it was not flashing anti-collision lights and it didn’t act like any kind of military or civilian craft, but he wasn’t sure, so he called Pensacola Approach Control asking, ‘Understand we’re cleared for the approach, but we have traffic off to our right. Who’s first for the approach?’
Ground control informed him that there was no other traffic in their vicinity, but they were very concerned and excited that they couldn’t see it on their radar. Jividen says that every time the tower guy would push the mike button on the radio he could hear people in the background chattering about it.
They wanted to know what Jividen was seeing. He described the object as solid and circular about the relative size of a kid’s marble held at arm’s length. Concerned that the mysterious object hadn’t shown up on radar, Jividen asked for clearance to deviate from his approach and turn directly toward the bright red UFO “just to see what it does.”
As Jividen turned toward the object, it suddenly jumped right to left across the nose of the plane and stopped at his 11:00 o’clock position. At that point, he sped up to see if he could close on the object, but as he did the UFO also sped up, pacing him from the front. After making sure the red light wasn’t a lighthouse, Jividen flew underneath it to find out if it was solid. It was surrounded by stars. When he flow over it, the UFO cast a silhouette against the Gulf of Mexico.
“After about five minutes, it sped out to the west over the horizon,” Jividen said.
When the crew returned to Pensacola, Jividen completed an incident form, but that was the last he or anybody else heard of the episode. Jividen’s story is told in the latest edition of “UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities,” by retired Army Col. John Alexander.
Alexander says the United States government has evidence pointing to UFO reality. What we are seeing are physical characteristics we don’t understand, capabilities that are beyond our technological options – extremely fast acceleration and high-G turns that living organisms, as we know them, would not survive.
After all these years, does Jividen believe he saw a UFO piloted by extraterrestrials? He says, “It was probably a visitor from somewhere that is observing us, whether it’s something interdimensional, from an alternate universe . . . there are several possibilities.”
Do you think that all six naval officer pilots on board the Sabreliner were mistaken in their identification of the object?