They Are HereThe Pilot of a Navy heavy attack A3D Jet looked unsettled as he described what he witnessed. He was on a training patrol between Washington State and Alaska when a strange aircraft approached, appearing suddenly and coming to a complete halt off his starboard, hovering. No wings. Just a large “saucer” with no apparent markings or obvious portholes or seams.

Then, it simply vanished back into space with incredible velocity.

This was in the early 1960s during the Cold War and arms race between the Free World and the “Iron Curtain.”

“If this was a Soviet aircraft,” the A3D pilot exclaimed, “we are in deep kimchi. We have nothing that can compare with what I saw.”

Over a half-century later, military and airliner pilots are reporting numerous similar encounters with strange flying objects. Military fliers have produced several puzzling and startling videos of “flying saucers;” the U.S. intelligence bureaus have recently publicly announced that they are investigating.

Is Earth being visited, explored, or invaded by aliens from other planets? “Beam me up, Scotty;” “E.T.;” “Take me to your leader…”

Although the U.S. only recently announced investigations, it has actually been doing so for years. I was a feature writer for a U.S. Navy newspaper in the early 1960s. I was also editor for a Navy aviation safety bulletin and photographer for Search & Rescue (SAR) in locating and investigating airplane crashes. These latter positions provided me a security clearance, authorization to fly with Navy pilots, and access to all accident and incident reports.

Flight Operations kept a classified file simply called THE BLUE BOOK on “unidentified aerial phenomena.” It was about a half-inch thick and contained reports of sightings such as that by the A3D pilot approached by the “saucer.”

Another pilot had been “chased” for several minutes by a UAP, as they were then described. Others had observed “strange” lights in the sky and objects streaming out of space at unbelievable speeds. . .

The common intelligence assessment was that they might be enemy aircraft of some sort, possibly from America’s arch enemy Russia. But if they were, then we were indeed in “deep kimchi.”

I flew at every opportunity armed with my trusty 4×5 press camera hoping for the opportunity to photograph a UAP. No such luck. But my experience with pilots and their reports on the topic convinces me that “something is out there” and has been for a long time. Today, they’re called UFOs. “Unidentified Flying Objects.” And they’re getting bolder and closer.

Charles W. Sasser is author of over 60 books and thousands of magazine articles. He served four years active as a journalist in the U.S. Navy and 25 additional years in the U.S. Army (active and reserve), thirteen of those in Army Special Forces (the Green Berets).