What flies through the air, crosses the ocean and splits in two? Scientific investigation into the Aguadilla UFO incident
MYSTERY WIRE – What type of aircraft can travel, not only through the atmosphere, but also through water at high speed? Scientists who analyzed thermal images of a flying object recorded in Puerto Rico are trying to figure out what could have done this.
This is a comprehensive review of thermal, visual, and sensor data related to an unusual series of events in and around Aguadilla Airport, Puerto Rico, in April 2013.
Rich Hoffman, one of the co-founders of SCU, a 26-year-old systems analyst for the U.S. Army, said the case information and thermal images came from a pilot who works for the Department of internal security.
When Mystery Wire asked Hoffman in a recent interview about the video, Hoffman said, âThey tried to take their food chain, if you will, to Homeland Security while Homeland Security said ‘eh well, we don’t look at that stuff, you know, you pass it in. They also tried to trace it back to Air Force intelligence and Air Force intelligence.
Research showed pilots were told that these agencies were no longer doing anything with UFOs.
âThey (the pilots) wanted (the video) to be scientifically reviewed, and not related to UFOs, because again, the stigma that goes with UFOs,â Hoffman said. “So we shoot the team together. And we just got together and said, well, we’re going, you know, what do you want us to do? Sign an NDA (non-disclosure agreement). And yes, and by the way, they did check our background to see that we could actually come in and work really well on this. And we have succeeded in this. And we basically honored that we weren’t going to talk about the name of the witness. And we’re not going to give that away, but we wanted to do it scientifically.
Rich Hoffman has a long history in ufology, but also works for the military. In a high-profile interview with Mystery Wire, Hoffam described how he got into ufology and how he balances it with his real job. Hoffman also explains how the Aguadilla UFO incident led to a massive investigation with the SCU.
The SCU spent two years analyzing 7,027 images recorded in the three-minute and 54-second video.
Since the SCU first published its report in 2015 by Chris Clarke, alternative theories have been proposed. UFO debunks claim the object was a Chinese lantern sent into the air from a nearby hotel.
Two other, more detailed analyzes suggest that a Mylar balloon might explain some of what is seen in thermal images.
Hoffman and his colleagues have published detailed responses to critics, saying any counter-theory must explain the full sequence of events, not just bits and pieces.
While chatting with Mystery Wire, Hoffman compared Aguadilla’s UFO to the famous ticking incident, a 2004 encounter off the coast of Southern California involving the carrier group USS Nimitz.
Mystery Wire asked Hoffman for his conclusion on his research, to which he replied, “Well, what flies like that, what splits in half, has this color temperature or that temperature range we’re talking about?
âObviously we looked at it and there is a little bit at the beginning, it looks like a free fall bloom, but you don’t know. And that’s how we look at it in the visual range. And the thermal range, it could be completely different. It could be the temperature change around. Did it appear that there was some sort of indication of a propulsion system? Because guess what, the wind speed at the altitude this thing was at was anywhere from 15 to 18 miles an hour going north, east to southwest. And this object was moving in the wind. Okay, well, looking for propulsion, I didn’t see any propulsion system. And then we said, ‘could that be a ball?’ And what does this thermal breath look like?
âWe actually have a friend of ours, we contacted Dave Walsh, who was a FLIR technician and he even had the Wescam Camera. And he came out and literally took pictures of a balloon, a Mylar balloon-type thing, and what it looked like in just a little bit like four miles an hour when, and it had a tie-down, and this thing was going like crazy in all directions. And the thermal match was not there at all. And by the way, have you ever heard of a balloon burst? Well, you know, you’ve come to where I’m going, haven’t you? So we thought, well, could that be a bird? You know, well, let’s go see. We have pictures of thermal birds also well done, you know. So you keep going through the list of all the things that could potentially be. And one thing is you know, how many things get separated into two identical pieces? “
Below you will see the official conclusion written in the report:
During Rich Hoffman’s interview with Mystery Wire, he went into great detail about what the Aguadilla case proves about UFO investigations, he analyzes the UFO Tic Tac, discusses what the Russians and Chinese might study, and talks about Ted Phillips and the UFO Trace Case Investigation.