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UFO captured on video by drone over North Carolina

A North Carolina witness at Ayden reported discovering a UFO in video shot from a drone, according to testimony in Case 80053 from the Mutual UFO Network (MUFON) witness reporting database.

The 59-year-old witness is retired from the USAF with a 20-year military career who shot the footage at 2:12 p.m. on October 26, 2016.

Cropped and enlarged still frame from the witness video. (Credit: mjlstudios1)

“I thought I had seen it all,” the witness stated.“This footage took me back. I was flying my aerial camera from Ayden District Park. The skies were clear with unlimited visibility. I did not witness this object first hand; it wasn’t until I reviewed the 4K footage on my 4K TV that I first spotted the object on video.”

The witness explained the footage.

“I shoot in 4K/30fps and you can view this object in 10 frames as it flies towards and passes under my drone. During these 10 frames of viewing, this object travels three-quarter to one mile in one-third of a second – about 10,000 mph. The object appears to be solid and emitting its own light, or reflecting light.”

Cropped and enlarged still frame from the witness video. (Credit: mjlstudios1)

The file size prevented the witness from uploading the video with his report and it was then posted on YouTube.

MUFON North Carolina Field Investigator Sanford Davis closed this case as an Unknown.

“This anomaly was neither observed or experienced firsthand,” Davis stated in his report.“It was observed as the witness was reviewing aerial drone footage.The whole sighting occurs within a third of a second – a streak arising in the background, streaking across the screen before disappearing in the foreground. The film slowed down, it appears as a white dot, flatting out somewhat into a ‘light disk’ right before it disappears off screen. Our own MUFON photo resource person reviewed the video without a definitive conclusion. A drone flying underneath was considered, then a shadow, then a refection or projection of some overhead object, then a glare, and finally a glitch in the drone camera.  No one explanation stands out.”

Cropped and enlarged still frame from the witness video. (Credit: mjlstudios1)

Please remember that most UFO sightings can be explained as something natural or man-made. The above quotes were edited for clarity. Please report UFO activity to MUFON.com.

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    This video is a bit …. WTF IS THAT !!!

    I’m not sure that we can determine it’s shape or whether it’s emitting light – the speed and the frame rate mean that any still image is significantly blurred.

    But WHATEVER this is – it’s fast. RPGs go about 300 m/s which translates to around 1km in 3.3 seconds or 1100kph, and if your speed estimates are correct that is still 12 x slower than THIS thing.

    I can usually call bullsh!t on most videos – but THIS video is very interesting.

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    This object seems to be similar to the HomeLand security video of the Puerto Rico UFO that dissapeared into the ocean. These small drone-like objects orbit the Earth at very low altitudes. What are They up to?

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    Wow that is fast whatever it is it’s really fast no wonder we normally don’t see them after they accelerate at enormous speeds great video great capture.

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    It was swamp gas! I am joking of course. Whatever it is is very fast for sure. I live in NC and we see a lot of stuff that is very unusual.

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    Might be of some interest. But the direction it’s coming from, there is a military base some 80km away.
    What’s that, around 30-60 seconds flying time at the speed it appears to be traveling?

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    In fact looking at the flight line a bit closer seem to be coming directly from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point.

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    “During these 10 frames of viewing, this object travels three-quarter to one mile in one-third of a second – about 10,000 mph.”

    Actually there’s no way to tell how far away from the lens the object was. It could have been a very small object or insect flying very close to the lens.

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    This looks quite a bit like the smaller UFO’s known as RODS….I am pretty sure these have previously been recorded on film in deep cave dives, These are Not seen by the naked eye due to the speed they move around, & only occasionally noticed on film when replaying footage in slow mo in the cave… From what I can remember (it was a few years ago since I viewed the footage) these RODS varied in size from around 6″ to around 18″ inches long, They move incredibly fast, Equally as fast as this ufo & can easily dart in different directions to avoid contact with anything, When the footage was slowed down to almost a stop they looked very much just like a rod “hence the name, Very similar to a length of steel rod that had been cut into lengths… The only difference I can notice here was the RODS I viewed in the footage I see were orangey in colour as apposed the white colour shown here… maybe what I see was the sun reflecting into the cave & perhaps that gave them a different colour, But as for appearance I would say they are very much the same.. best of luck… lee

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    Another one has been posted on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwJ5apjykJ8

    No information given.

    Is someone trying to replicate the first video? Is UFO Today a hoax channel?

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