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Leaked UFO video captured by Homeland Security analyzed

A group of UFO researchers with backgrounds in science have come together to analyze an alleged UFO video they have confirmed comes from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The object in the video was captured by a thermal imaging camera on a DHS aircraft, and according to the researchers, it exhibits characteristics that cannot be explained by any known aircraft or natural phenomenon.

The video is overlaid with the sort of telemetry one would expect from a military or law enforcement thermal image video. It shows an object apparently moving very quickly over land and then into the ocean. It seems to be tumbling or changing shape. It moves over buildings, through trees, and eventually over the ocean. Then things get weird. The object appears to go in and out of the ocean without slowing down, and at the end of the video is either joined by another object or breaks in two.

All of the primary witnesses have requested anonymity. However, several communications from alleged DHS employees indicate that the video caused quite a stir on the base.

A still from the video in which the unknown objects appears to be flying through trees.
A still from the video in which the unknown objects appears to be flying through trees.

Research on the video began when an acquaintance to the pilot of the aircraft that captured the video contacted Daina Chaviano, a famous Cuban-born fantasy and science fiction author. She is also a volunteer with the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) in Florida, where in her spare time she investigates UFO reports. She took the UFO case to her colleague, Morgan Beall, who runs the Florida MUFON chapter.

Chaviano and Beall were so impressed by what they saw they assembled a small group of skeptical researchers with backgrounds in various fields of science and technology. The pilot’s acquaintance requested strict control of the information provided and that knowledge of the investigation be limited to a very few people, so until now, the researchers have not shared any information regarding their investigation.

Today, the group released a 161-page report detailing their findings.

The object was filmed over Rafael Hernandez Airport in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. (Credit: Google Maps)

They are vague when it comes to the identity of Chaviano’s informant. They say this person and others who provided information wanted to remain anonymous “to ensure no issues arise with the source’s employers.”

However, the group says: “The source of this video evidence was vetted and identified.”

They say they are absolutely certain that the information comes from sources on board the DHS aircraft and the video is genuine. Their investigation also confirmed what they were told.

Their sources told them that the UFO incident began at about 9:20 pm on the evening of April 25, 2013 at the Rafael Hernandez Airport in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. It involved the crew of a DHC-8 Turboprop aircraft from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), a division of DHS.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Bombardier DHC-8Q200. (Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Bombardier DHC-8Q200. (Credit: U.S. Customs and Border Protection)

The DHC-8 took off on a routine flight and soon after takeoff they noticed “a pinkish to reddish light over the ocean that was in their vicinity and approaching toward the south.”

The crew was concerned the tower had not told them about the incoming traffic, so they called it in. The tower told them they also had a visual on the object, but they were unsure of its identity.

Once the object got close to land, its lights turned off, but at this time the DHC-8 was able to begin tracking and filming the object with their onboard thermal imaging system. The DHC-8 did not approach the object, but circled the area and filmed it.

The DHC-8 did not pick up the object on radar. However, their radar was looking downward to track ships on the ocean, not objects in the sky.

According to the source, a flight was delayed by the presence of the object. The research group was able to confirm from airport records that a FedEx flight scheduled to leave at 9:10 pm was delayed until 9:26 pm.

Image of the flight log from the UFO reporting showing the a delayed flight at the time of the UFO event. (Credit: SCU)
Image of the flight log from the UFO reporting showing the a delayed flight at the time of the UFO event. (Credit: SCU)

The researchers also confirmed the flight time and path of the DHC-8 via radar data they obtained from a Freedom of Information Act Request to the U.S. Air Force 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron (RADES) group. The radar data confirmed that the DHC-8 took off at approximately 9:16 pm and circled the airport twice before leaving the area about 10 minutes later.

Flight path of the DHC-8 according to the radar data obtained via a Freedom of Information Act Request. (Credit: SCU)
Flight path of the DHC-8 according to the radar data obtained via a Freedom of Information Act Request. (Credit: SCU)

The researchers note that there was an unknown object or objects tracked on radar a few minutes prior to the DHC-8’s take off,  but it is not known for certain that this was the same object that was later caught on video. The unidentified radar strikes were just off the shore to the north and northwest of the airport and lasted about 16 minutes from 8:58 pm to 9:14 pm.

When reading the times, the radar data is presented in a different time zone than the local times. The researchers explained this on their website: “Aviation times reflect  Zulu time which corresponds to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). The video displays the Zulu time April 26th at 1:22 AM at the top left of the initial frames. Converting this Zulu time to Puerto Rico’s local time gives April 25th at 9:22 PM. Puerto Rico uses  Atlantic Standard Time and does not use daylight savings time.”

Radar data showing the flight path of the DHC-8 and the unknown radar hits between 8:58 pm to 9:14 pm. (Credit: SCU)
Radar data showing the flight path of the DHC-8 and the unknown radar hits between 8:58 pm and 9:14 pm. (Credit: SCU)

The research group also thoroughly analyzed the video to determine the nature of the object in the film. They consulted thermal imaging experts to determine the capabilities of the system used for the filming, and broke the film down frame by frame to determine the object’s approximate size, speed, temperature and flight path.

The video (seen at the top of the story) is just under 4 minutes long, but the unknown object was tracked for about 2 1/2 of those minutes. Although it was difficult for the group to calculate the exact location of the object on the first half of its flight, they are confident of its position in the second half.

They have determined that the object came in from the ocean, from the north or northwest of the airport’s airstrip, and then flew over the airstrip, then turned back to the north and headed back out into the ocean.

Estimated flight path of the unknown object. The smaller lines estimate the path of the object in the first part of its flight. The thicker line shows the second half of the flight. The researchers are more confident of the location of the object during the second half. (Credit: SCU)
Estimated flight path of the unknown object. The thinner lines estimate possible paths of the object in the first part of its flight. The thicker line shows the path the researchers believe is most likely. The researchers are more confident of the location of the object during the second half of its flight. This data corresponds with what the SCU researchers found. (Credit: SCU)

During this time the DHC-8 was circling the airport. As can be seen in the map created by the researchers, the aircraft was moving along the shore, turning to the south, and eventually lost site of the object over the ocean as they continued south.

The flight path of the DHC-8 during the filming of the unknown object. (Credit: SCU)
The flight path of the DHC-8 during the filming of the unknown object posted on Reddit by an anonymous user. This path was calculated using the data in the video. It is marked “heli,” because the Reddit user believed the aircraft to be a helicopter and was unaware it was a DHC-8.

The report states: “The object was between three to five feet in length and its speed varied between approximately 40 mph to 120 mph. Its median speed was roughly 80 mph.”

The report goes on to note that an interesting characteristic at the end of the flight was when it apparently submerged into the ocean, traveled for over half a mile, and then flew back out.

According to the report: “Its speed through the water reached a high of 95 mph and average 82.8 mph.”

The unknown object returning to the ocean.
The unknown object returning to the ocean.

One suggestion has been that the object was merely a balloon. However, the researchers reject this idea for several reasons. They say the wind speeds at the time were 8 to 13 mph at ground level and 12 to 18 mph at 400 to 3200 feet. This means the object was moving too fast to be carried by wind currents. It also changed directions from heading south back to the north, and it went underwater with minimal loss of speed.

Another possibility is that the object was actually a bird. The object appears dark on the screen, and for this type of thermal imaging that would mean it was warmer than the ambient air. This is how a bird would appear. However, the researchers note that the object was moving much too fast to be a bird. They note that peregrine falcons, which do occasionally visit Puerto Rico, have an average horizontal speed of 40 to 56 mph, and a maximum of 65 to 69 mph.

The researchers also examined the possibility that the object was a drone. Their research did discover that the Navy is working on a drone that can fly through the air and dive into the ocean and become a submarine. It is called a “Flimmer.”

They found that current Flimmer drones have not been tested underwater and have an airspeed of 68 mph. They also noted that the fastest known underwater battery powered torpedo travels at 50 mph.

The researchers do acknowledge that it could be possible that the Navy is secretly testing a Flimmer drone that is much more advanced. However, they question why the military would so recklessly test it over a civilian area and airport runways.

In conclusion they state: “There is no explanation for an object capable of traveling under water at over 90 mph with minimal impact as it enters the water, through the air at 120 mph at low altitude through a residential area without navigational lights, and finally to be capable of splitting into two separate objects. No bird, no balloon, no aircraft, and no known drones have that capability.”

A still image from the video just after the object apparently slit into two separate objects.
A still image from the video just after the object apparently split into two separate objects.

They do not profess to know what the object was, and they welcome “reasonable” suggestions.

However, as to be expected, there are those who have suggested that “they know” the object is extraterrestrial in nature, and at least one of those suggestions has come from an anonymous source who has intimate knowledge of this event.

An anonymous letter was sent to one of the researchers that is very similar to one that was sent to John Greenewald, owner of the website TheBlackVault.com. The only thing Greenewald knew about the video was related to a low resolution copy that was leaked to a Puerto Rican UFO researcher. Many assumed the video was taken from a helicopter.

The letter references the exact type of thermal system and aircraft that was used to capture the video. The message was accompanied by a high resolution version of the thermal video, which was then posted on YouTube by Greenewald. The anonymous letter states: “Alien technology is no doubt under the ocean near Puerto Rico!”

Is alien technology being demonstrated in this video? This careful report, which the researchers say took over 1000 man hours to complete, indicates that whatever took place, it is certainly unusual. The entire report is 161 pages long, and thoroughly explains their work, and how they came to the conclusions they did.

The report on the Puerto Rico incident can be found at ExploreSCU.org. Click the image to go there.
The report on the Puerto Rico incident can be found at ExploreSCU.org. Click the image to go to the site.

Even if the report had come to a mundane conclusion, the effort put into the investigation is remarkable. However, the fact that they could not determine what the object was, and have determined that it displayed characteristics that cannot be explained, makes the report remarkable.

Robert Powell, a retired engineer who worked in the semiconductor industry, who helped author the research paper, says although they have finally released their report, “work on this video will continue.”

Powell, Beall, Chaviano, and the rest of the researchers working on the report posted a high resolution version of the video, their report, and an animation of the radar data they obtained on a website called the Scientific Coalition for Ufology.

Powell says they have reached out to other scientific organizations that have shown an interest in the UFO phenomenon,  including 3AF Sigma2, a group that is part of the French National Aeronautical and Astronautical Association. The French scientists have agreed to review their work and provide input.

Powell says, “We hope that this report will generate ideas and thoughts from other scientists that may provide more insight into the characteristics of the object seen in the video.”

To download the report, view the video, and find out more about the investigation, visit: ExploreSCU.org.

Alejandro Rojas

Alejandro Rojas is a radio host for Open Minds Radio, editor and contributing writer for Open Minds magazine as well as OpenMinds.tv. For several years Alejandro was the official spokesperson for the Mutual UFO Network as the Director of Public Education. As a UFO/Paranormal researcher and journalist, Alejandro has spent many hours in the field investigating phenomena up close and personal. Alejandro has been interviewed by media organizations around the world, including the largest cable and network news agencies with several appearances on Coast to Coast AM.

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  1. This is the MOST important and most convincing evidence to date proving the existence of a technology that is far more advanced than what is known to exist in the private sector. Only 2 conclusions can be presented: This technology is black budget and ours or this technology is alien in nature and not controlled by humans. How can anybody NOT be interested in this video?

  2. I’ve seen one of those before. It behaved the same way, looked the same and flew at the similar altitude. My guess is a probe.

  3. I just finished watching a documentary on simulation theory. It talks about how we’re all part of an artificial environment like the matrix or the 13th floor. I’m now paranoid that what we witnessed was the person playing our world as a giant complex sim city.

  4. Thank you Alejandro Rojas for this excellent report. The question arises what to do with this evidence. The article states that that the French National Aeronautical and Astronautical Association is being approached. “The French scientists have agreed to review their work and provide input.” Is is a sad commentary on US science that researchers have to go to a foreign country to request assistance for further investigations and discussion. Clearly the word as been out on the street for over a half century that if any North American institutional scientist openly declares that flying saucers are real and states a willingness in carrying out a rigorous investigation, this will be the kiss of death for that researcher’s career. What once was a bold establishment, professional United States science, is that no more. It that has made countless discoveries that has changed our understanding of the universe, but on this particular subject US institutional science has been shown itself to be servile when it comes to challenging corporate and governmental power. Those combined forces have been responsible for the coverup that has in effect reduced this important mystery of UFOs to a non-issue.

  5. I saw one of these once. It turned out to be a kid with a RC helicopter just like this was.

  6. If that is thermal imagery, is it possible that the object is a conventional aircraft (maybe a drone) but only its hot exhaust registers on the recording? I mean, it appears to be moving in straight trajectories (no sharp turns), and the rolling effect could be due to distortion from the intense exhaust heat and the low pixel resolution of the recording.
    Just asking!

  7. This is obviously no RC helicopter or drone. It travels around at speed and tumbles at times as a balloon would, but I’ve never seen a balloon go quite this fast, or change direction like this thing does. Also, I’ve never seen or heard of a balloon going partially and then fully invisible before my eyes, as this thing does a couple of times in this clip. This was filmed in the Infra-red spectrum, and so was possibly completely invisible to the naked eye. Again, I’m not aware of any balloon which only exists in infra red. These details alone make this a remarkable piece of footage.
    Cheers, George Simpson, Director Victorian branch, Australian UFO Research network.

  8. The thing is, it is showing characteristics that are just outside our current technology. It is traveling 80mph not 4000mph. Why is that? If it was an advanced off world technology wouldn’t it be beyond comprehension? What if the Navy is further along on this “flimmer” then released? What if they wanted to test civilian reaction to a surveillance platform before they move to hostile areas? I think it is a fantastic video, but I also think it is ours.

  9. Wow.

    A near perfect example of massive-scaled triboluminesence caught on radar and camera at the same time. Paul Devereaux should be pleased.

    This is a boon for the scientists studying the Hessdalen lights since this is exactly the corroborative evidence they need to expand their studies beyond their valley to the rest of the world.

  10. This was me flying an RC helicopter I live in Puerto Rico we are alone in the universe no one is coming to save you.

  11. I totally agree with Ron R. This is a test of the public. It is one of Lockheeds black ops projects no doubt……

    This is the official start of disclosure from the Govt about the “Black Govt”…too little to late children.

    For those chumps, and I say chumps in a loving manner (do look it up in the dictionary) slating this video thinking it’s something logical…it ain’t, do some research and stop believing mainstream media- cos guess what, it’s controlling you and your opinions, think about it.

    What’s the famous quote by Verbal Kent in usual suspects about the devil….

    Peace to all. Love and light.

  12. It is just a matter of time when all will be revealed as TRUTH cannot be confined. Our planet is entering a major rebalancing (which all planets have to do if they are to survive) and needs to center from its wobble with the rod of energy coming straight through and down not at an angle so we will loose land whilst other land shall rise. There was a member of the Primary Team of Existence here among us to teach and guide during this transition but he was approached by the government and told to return to his planet which he did for the safety of his students. The process will not be stopped however and the controllers will be left behind from the New Beginning and Civilization which is taking place NOW.

  13. Puerto Rico has long been a UFO hot spot. There is a place called Laguna Cartahana that has been a hotbed of USO activity. Anomalous objects have often be filmed coming to and leaving the lagoon.

  14. I am a pilot for an airline who has operated into TJBQ many times over the past 15+ years. My first thought was the CG military instillation and some black budget testing of a new technology. Why on earth would they test it at approximately 9:10 PM knowing that the tower and routine airline and cargo flights would see it? The idea, in order to test public response, sort of holds water…..but then, when the hell did the military ever give a darn about what the public thinks about its secret testing or any kind of “public reaction” for that matter? (about ANY of its technology, EVER??)

    After the object enters the water, then splits into two parts, it still appears to be under control and at a high speed. What type of technology could we possibly employ that loses zero speed on splash down?

    The seeming authenticity of the video certainly makes it worthy of serious investigation.

  15. Forty years ago, in Black Canyon California, my friend and her children, along with me and mine, saw a red light instantly climb up to an apex of, at least, 40,000 ft and reaching that height split into two red objects and proceed 180 degrees from one another in opposite directions. This was 40 years ago!!! There are witnesses and everyone was sober and drugless. It was impossible then and probably now. I have been a researcher of this phenomena for 50ty years and do not believe much of the hype re ufos. I am only interested in sightings that come from serious non prejudiced observers. This phenomenon has been here for many, many years and once we can know why, assuming we are allowed same, our earth history will change. There is so much we don’t know and assume we do.

  16. Note on the Aguadilla UFO Video

    By: Jorge Martín Miranda – Puerto Rico
    E-mail: jorgemartin87@yahoo.com
    Tel. (787) 758-0692

    The analysis of the video of a UFO filmed in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico, by the crew of a US Coast Guard / US Homeland Security airplane, is motivating articles and discussions in the world of UFO research.

    It was I, Jorge Martín Miranda, journalist and UFO researcher from Puerto Rico, who originally denounced the existence of the UFO video filmed in Aguadilla.

    The video was filmed on april 25, 2013, and a copy of it was given to me days later by a source inside security at Rafael Hernández Airport in Aguadilla / Homeland Security.

    I published an article about it in issue # 32 of ENIGMAS del Milenio magazine, and posted a copy of the video in my Facebook page.

    In the article I issued my observations about the apparent size of the strange flying object in the video, its characteristics, its flight behavior, its ability to divide into two separate objects and its shape changing capability, etc. Now, all my observations are being corroborated by the group of MUFON researchers in USA who made a recent scientific analysis of the video and the object in it.

    I want to express my gratitude to the MUFON team for their excellent and professional analysis of the video.

    Our friend and colleague José A. Martínez, another researcher from Guánica, Puerto Rico, released another copy of the same video that was given to him by another anonymous source.

  17. Is swamp gas… no, no, it’s ball lightning… nah!, must be an r/c helicopter, yeah it’s a kids helicopter 🙂


    September 3, 2015

    To whom it May concern:

    As many have already tried to find an answer on the origin of the strange object that flew over the Rafael Hernandez Airport in Aguadilla (former Ramey AFB) and was recorded by a thermal or infrared camera from an aircraft of the Federal government of the United States, we would issue an opinion and make some comments on it.

    From the first time we saw this video, we were very impressed by what was seen on it. For us, Ufologists, aware of the reality of the UFO Phenomenon, it filled us with joy. Finally we had found a case with a very strong evidence. The Holy Grail of Ufology. The undisputed evidence of life on other Worlds and proof of the cover-up by the authorities.

    We dedicated our time an efforts to assess and study this video, frame by frame, second by second. We analyzed all the data that you see on the screen. We consulted with other experts. We went back to check it again and again. We saw it hundreds of times trying to analyze what was that object.

    But then we realized something important was going unnoticed …

    Sometimes we focus so much on trying to explain something that we find so mysterious, that we fail to underestimate the obvious and clear right under our noses.

    If you want to solve the mystery of this video, you just have to think about this …

    The situation was one of a RED ALERT and a potential danger to the whole place.

    If this was a true unidentified flying object, either a missile. A drone, or lets say of extraterrestrial origin, that was approaching a major Airport, full of commercial and military aircraft and entering a RESTRICTED AIRSPACE, was tracked by the control tower, an aircraft was sent to intercept it, has visual contact with it, followed it with its thermal or infrared camera while it circled the airport and crosses the MAIN RUNWAY, endangering air traffic coming in and out of the place.

    It is logical to think that whatever it was, It had to have been IMMEDIATELY INTERCEPTED because it was a high risk for the lives and for all the commercial and military equipment.

    But suddenly, the plane leaves the persecution and starts to leave the area and fly south, AWAY FROM THE OBJECT.

    Don’t you think it’s kind of strange?

    It is not logical right?

    Unless they found that the object was NOT REALLY IMPORTANT.

    According to this thinking, we have come to a conclusion …

    Definitely, what you see in the video IS NOT AN ARTIFACT FROM ANOTHER WORLD.

    It is MY PERSONAL OPINION (Jose Perez), since for the poor quality of the video I can not be 100% sure, that it seem to be a couple (or more) of sea birds flying in unison. (Possibly Seagulls).

    We would like to clarify, that when we realize this, we felt very disappointed. We confess that at all times, we thought that we had a strong evidence of the existence of beings from other worlds. But it turned out to be otherwise.

    Although we could have stayed silent about our findings, our conscience tells us that we should always go hand in hand with the TRUTH and you can be assured, that we will never try to fool any of you. We prefer to publicly say, that we were wrong in our original perception before lying about it and propagate something that we know is not what it seems.

    Soon we will be bringing you a more complete report with all the details and findings that led us to this conclusion. But I advance, that once that we reached this conclusion, the technical details of the incident, including the type of aircraft involved, the type of camera used, the identification of the object and other details, go to the background as a secondary matter.

    The most important information of the video is to the left side of the screen where it shows the coordinates of the aircraft that took the video and the altimeter where you can see how it ascends and continued on as it FLEW SOUTH AWAY FROM THE TARGET. In other words, they did not care, it was NOT IMPORTANT.

    Sorry if somehow some are disillusioned with our conclusions. The same thing happened to us.

    Meanwhile we would like to hear from you.

    If you have any questions please let us know and we will gladly try to answer. if it is within our reach.


    Jose D. Perez Lopez

    UFO PRUFON Puerto Rico UFO Network.

    PS: We have attached a copy of the video in slow motion so you can appreciate all the details and map showing the route followed by the aircraft showing it flew away from the target to the south.


  19. AND JUST FOR THE RECORD. WE HAVE CONSULTED MR. JAN HARZAN, MUFON EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR and he assured us that this case have never been an Official MUFON Investigation. You can verify this directly with him.

  20. It is testing of a marine x-craft drone. All too common to run testing over an airport to test radar signatures and operator ability. This route, however, was autonomous – not controlled by hand. Again, just a test people.

  21. In my opinion and it would fit the video is its a bird that was circling and it landed in the water which would cool down the heat signature until it flew out of the water, There was another bird that took off with the first one out of the water would account for the two being seen. Looking at the video, the shape of the dot changes as a bird would flying and soaring through the air. Also being near the water it would account for the reason the bird was by the airport.

  22. Whatever it was, it has intrigued us all! Whether this was an extraterrestrial presence or not! There is little doubt that on many levels of our realities and our consciosness extra terrestrial presences DO EXIST ON OUR PLANET.

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