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“See-through” triangle UFO caught on video using night vision

A military combat instructor says he caught a UFO on video that could not be seen by the naked eye. He described the object as a “Slow flying, low, silent, see-through triangle.”

We recently posted a story about UFO sightings from the North Carolina beaches near the town of Wilmington. We received many responses from others in the area who also had sightings. However, one of the most spectacular cases we received is this one from Leland, North Carolina, which is on the northwest side of Wilmington.

This case was sent to us by a field investigator with the North Carolina chapter of the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON), Kenneth Bates. Bates says he believes the craft caught in this video, “while probably not alien, it is a video of a craft that possesses very advanced technology: (1)the ability to ‘cloak’ itself and (2) a reflective component that gives the illusion of transparency.”

He stresses that he, the director of North Carolina MUFON Lakita Adams, and the witness, all feel that the UFO is most likely some sort of advanced military aircraft with a cloaking device.

According to the investigation report filed by Bates, the witness has been in the military or a military contractor for the last 24 years. Currently he is an instructor for close quarters combat.

The witness, who shall remain anonymous, says he was out trying to get a look at the moon with his telescope when the event took place. He wrote, ” It was, I believe, the night after the full moon in May.” He says he always has his night vision goggle with him, and that night he had a PVS-14 night vision monocular with a 3x magnifier on a tripod attached to a video camera, and a pair of PVS-7D goggles around his neck.

PVS-14 with 3X Magnifier. (Credit: Tactical night Vision Company)
PVS-14 with 3X Magnifier. (Credit: Tactical night Vision Company)
PVS-7D Night Vision Goggles. (Credit: www.imaging1.com)
PVS-7D Night Vision Goggles. (Credit: www.imaging1.com)

While scanning the night sky with his goggles he spotted what he thought to be a plane coming towards him from the north. It was heading south. He says he estimated the object was at about 5000 feet, which is relatively low. He says he is a skydiver and long distance shooter, so he feels he is a good judge of distances.

He thought it was odd that he was not hearing anything, so he started to record the object. He first caught the object on video when it was at about a 75 degree angle, and was amazed that as it passed over he still could hear no sound.

He was further astounded when he noticed through the monocular that as it passed by stars he could see the stars through the craft.

He wrote, “As I’m watching it, I notice that as it’s passing stars, I could see stars through the craft!!!! I saw stars through the “fuselage” of the craft!!! Later, I confirmed this when I reviewed the video.”

He says he watched the object for about 13 to 14 minutes. At one point he had lost track of it. When he took the goggles off he noticed that he could not see the lights from the craft with his bare eyes. He says, “So either all the lights were very dim and the night vision enhanced them like they were made to do, or the lights were infrared, basically naked to the naked eye.”

It finally flew out of sight to the south. He summarized his sighting, “So to recap: 1: it was silent. 2: it was very slow moving. 3: the lights were either very dim or infrared. 4: I could see through it!!! Adaptive camouflage??? First time I’ve seen the real thing. 5: I couldn’t see it without night vision goggles.”

Close-up of the object in the night vision video. (Credit: MUFON)
Close-up of the object in the night vision video. (Credit: MUFON)

You can read the entire text of his report here.

Bates says he was able to speak to the witness and obtain the video you see at the top of this story. In his report, Bates described the object as a “Triangular craft with five lights in a 2-1-1-1, ( L-R ) one of them flashing.”

Bates found that the witness’ report matched the video perfectly and found him to be “highly credible.”

Bates says three things in particular make this case unique:

1. On two occasions it appears that the craft flies in front of celestial objects but they can be “seen” THROUGH the body of the craft.

2. The witness states the craft was visible only though NV/IR device.

3. The five-light configuration (back to front: 2-1-1-1) is unknown to us (the lead light might be triangular?)

Map of Leland (red marker) in relation to Wilmington and Myrtle Beach. (Credit: Google Maps)
Map of Leland (red marker) in relation to Wilmington and Myrtle Beach. (Credit: Google Maps)

Upon review of the video, the object does seem to be directly overhead, and although you can hear the witness messing with his equipment and whispering to himself in amazement, there is no aircraft noise. As Bates and the witness have stated, as the craft flies in front of stars the stars remain visible. The witness says the craft was triangular shaped, and if that is the case, the stars being seen through the craft would be very strange.

However, if the craft is shaped like a normal airplane or a helicopter, where we expect there to be structure, there may not be. Then again, watching the video with this frame of mind, I looked for a flicker as a wing or skinny bit of fuselage passed in front of the stars. I see no such flicker. The stars seem to be consistent in luminosity.

As for the witness not being able to see the aircraft’s lights with his naked eyes, that is possible using conventional technology. In fact, the military currently uses aircraft lights that can be used in a mode that can only be seen by night vision equipment. One distributor of such lights writes on their website, “When in the covert mode individuals not wearing night vision aids cannot easily detect these light sources, however they are readily recognized through Night Vision Goggles.”

A NASA tech brief states, “Covert lighting on military aircraft is increasingly being implemented on existing airframes…”

While the technology used to make the light visible to night vision equipment and not to the naked eyes is nothing extraordinary, when it comes to running in complete silence, and using cloaking devices, well, that is straight out of Science Fiction.

It has been suggested that the stars appearing to be seen through the craft might be an illusion caused by the night vision optics. Perhaps that is the case. I have reached out to experts on that topic and will update you with their responses.

In the interest of getting this story out to you all I am not waiting before I post this, but be sure to check back for updates. Many of these UFO stories are ever evolving, just like the earlier North Carolina UFO story, which continues to generate responses.

If you are a night vision expert, or even a hobbyist, or if you have any input whatsoever, please feel free to respond below. Your help in shedding more light on this mysterious, and fascinating, night vision video is greatly appreciated.

UPDATE 9-11-2014:

For some more insight into what might have been captured in this video, I asked for some input from Marc D’Antonio, the chief photo and video analyst for MUFON.

He wrote, “I looked at this night video and what struck me was that I have SEEN this before. This is very likely none other than an aerial refueling operation at night.”

D’Antonio says he actually saw a night time refueling over his house, “At first when I was observing the night time scene I knew that aircraft were involved but couldn’t understand why they were so close. Then it dawned on me a short moment later that it might have been a aerial refueling operation. Two days later the same thing happened only THIS time it was during the late afternoon and I could see the two aircraft.”

He was able to take a picture.


D’Antonio feels that this video from North Carolina is a similar refueling operation. However, it is caught at night. He says there was no sound because the aircraft are at about 25,000 feet. He says he also did not hear the aircraft when he witnessed the refueling operation.

The F-35 flight test program aerial refueled for the first time at night on 22 March 2012. (Credit: Lockheed-Martin/Tom Reynolds)
The F-35 flight test program aerial refueled for the first time at night on 22 March 2012. (Credit: Lockheed-Martin/Tom Reynolds)
The first F-35 night refueling mission, March 22, 2012 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Credit: Lockheed-Martin)
The first F-35 night refueling mission, March 22, 2012 at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Credit: Lockheed-Martin)

For comparison, D’Antonio sent an image similar to the one above. He noted, “Attached is another photo of a similar op. Notice the long linear array of lights at the front of the fueler? These are like a runway for the pilot to align with. In this video you have Alejandro it appears that the long linear array is also present in the lead aircraft.”

D’Antonio continued, “As far as the stars passing ‘through’ the aircraft, they can clearly be seen passing between them but if you end up thinking that this is one large object then one might think you are seeing stars passing through a transparent larger object.”

I also reached out to Ben Hansen, host of the television show Fact or Faked. He is very familiar with night vision, and sells night vision equipment similar to that used to capture the video ib his website NightVisionOps.com. Hansen says he disagrees with D’Antonio’s analysis.

Hansen notes that in the video the craft appears to do a 180 degree turn. He says refueling aircraft would not be able to do that, and aircraft that large take a much longer time to turn than what is shown in the video.

Hansen told the Huffington Post, “I spoke with a guy who was in the Air Force with advanced degrees in aeronautical science, and after showing him the video, he said you have 30 seconds to connect a plane that’s being refueled to the refueler, and protocol is to maintain straight and level flight while you’re refueling. Both he and I agree that it makes no sense, and would probably be impossible for this to be any type of plane that’s refueling while doing a turn.”

D’Antonio believes that the aircraft itself did not turn, but that the man taking the video moved the camera to keep the object in frame, making it appear as though the craft turned.

Hansen remains intrigued by the video, and is continuing to investigate. He says, “if this is a full-scale craft and not some type of a remote controlled model, this exhibits unconventional maneuvering and cloaking capability that’s quite extraordinary.”

The MUFON Field Investigator, Ken Bates, clarified a couple of items for me. He wrote, “The witness added a couple of things to the record during the phone interview. About ½ way through the video, the object appears to make 180 degree turn. What actually happened was the witness changed the orientation of the night vision recording device.” Also, “The person who did the filming contacted me after reading this and was fairly amused by Marc’s conclusion—-he pointed out that mid-air refueling is a rather dangerous procedure and wouldn’t ordinarily be done over a populated area such as Wilmington, NC.”

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. The Aviation Warning Lights should be enough to realise this is terrestrial , and most likely USAF.

  2. Saw the craft that is cloaked by the black triangle over Egham near London , craft very similar in shape to a stealth bomber with two massive tail fins at the rear, one massive windscreen and a gunmetal grey appearance. No noise as it passed about 100ft above my house, on the bottom of the triangle at each corner was an orange landing foot . As it passed over it blotted out the stars , watched it flyover and then it disappeared like a lightbulb going out . Definitely military and very advanced . Hope this helps you a little . There is more to this story but haven’t the time to write it all . Saw it 26-8-2010

  3. i have seen a flying triangle very close about 100 feet above me silent and it moved away and then unreal speed, the video at the top of this page is a no ufo its pleane it has a flashing light on it, only aircraft have these, they are truing lights.

    the triangle i saw had a bright light at each corner no plashing lights

  4. This sounds very much like what my husband & I saw about 14yrs ago from our back yard in Adelaide, South Australia. It was late at night, & I went out back to have a cigarette & my hubby joined me shortly after. I sat just outside our back door, on a chair ,under the eave & was looking up at the night sky & the stars, when I noticed a section of the sky didn’t look right – there was a triangular section of the night sky that was moving. It wasn’t speeding across the sky, just steadily moving & there was no sound. I pointed it out to my husband & we continued to watch it for a little while, until my initial awe & disbelief turned to fear & we hightailed it inside. Whatever it was, it obviously didn’t want to be seen as it had camouflaged itself to look like the night sky, stars & all. Because of the camouflage I felt (& still feel like) we saw something we weren’t meant to. My hubby & I periodically talk about “that thing we saw in the sky”, like we did tonight, so I decided to google a description of what we saw that night & came across the above report & the description resonated with me – triangular in shape, made no sound, was moving slowly but steadily, was camouflaged but may even have been transparent. Sounds very much like what we saw.

  5. It was the mid 1970s while stationed on an atoll in the pacific where 50 nukes were tested – late one night after a few brews (one or two – not kegs – we were limited by our commnd) we were out enjoying the stars, several of us saw a huge triangle shaped craft (more like a boomerang) that was totally silent, cruise over the lagoon – had to be the same type of craft as the Phoenix Lights in 1997. It had to be half a mile across, and was slowly moving over our island into the lagoon. Needless to say we were FREAKED OUT. This atoll was the far western end of the Pacific Missile Test Range where rockets shots came from Vandenberg AFB were aimed for testing accuracy. No noise at all, and it was partially translucent… you could dimly see stars through it. Technology we (humans) did not posses at that time, we were sure of that. It was a very soul-searching experience for all of us. It was perfectly visible and there was NO doubt that it was very real. Everyone of us (a dozen or so) agreed we should never speak of it for the sake of our careers since others had been labeled as lunatics reporting such things. THEY EXIST – I ASSURE YOU THEY DO. If you ever see one like this, YOU WILL KNOW.

  6. I live in Brooklyn NY so seeing low flying planes is nothing new to me being there are 3 airports within a few miles. Anyway yesterday I got home from work it had to be about 5:30- 6 pm I was smoking a cigarette out my 6th floor window- top floor of my building when something caught my eye. I usually look up at the sky I’m very fascinated with plasnes. The object that caught my eye was transparent for sure I guess you could say was shaped like a stealth bomber. I only was able to see this object because while it passes it kinda made the sky look wavy, like when it’s really hot out and you see the heat comming off the street or a car. Also at one point it looked rainbowish in appearance like when you look though a prism. It was still light out when I got a glimpse of the object and was definitely low flying for me to see it. Made little or no sound, I can not say it was silent since it’s always noisy in Brooklyn, but for me to make out the shape of this object that was transparent – no one can say “maybee it was too high to hear”. The sighting only lasted about 3 or 4 seconds. This Definitely has me wondering if I saw an alien craft or is the military really hiding that type of advanced technology. Hmm wouldn’t be the first time.?

  7. At approximately 9:55 pm on the night of Thursday, May 9th, 2019, a craft flew over Riverside Drive in Manhattan. It was flying very low, not far above the buildings that line this side of the Hudson, and was sort of see through, not unlike like Wonder Woman’s plane. But with lots of lights and kind of triangle shaped, but with softer, rounded points. It glided by with a barely audible swooshing sound… I saw this through a 14th story window, until it was out of my frame of vision. It lasted about 5 seconds.

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