Radar footage of a chase between two fighter jets and a mile-wide fleet of 1,900mph UFOs is being studied by defence chiefs.
Up to 300 locals reported witnessing the astonishing hot pursuit’ of up to 12 mystery craft flying in unison in the skies over the US state of Texas 15 years ago.
But military top brass failed to acknowledge the incident took place or offer any explanation of what the F-16s were chasing. At first the US Air Force denied any of its jets were in the area at the time.
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Then it conceded there had been an internal communications mistake and aircraft had been near the remote town of Stephenville when hundreds of locals reported the pursuit.
But military chiefs still refused to acknowledge the giant line of florescent orbs shooting away from the jets making movements beyond any manmade aircraft.
UFO investigators used Freedom Of Information laws to obtain radar footage from the night of the sighting – January 8 2008.
They found the UFOs appeared on radar pursued by the jets.
That footage is among 510 close encounters between military personnel and unidentified craft currently being probed by the All-domain Anomaly Resolution Office on behalf of the the US Defence Department.
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Former US deputy assistant secretary of defence for intelligence Christopher Mellon told the show the sighting was "very intriguing".
Eyewitness Lee Roy Gaten, a police officer, said he looked out of his car and saw10 to 12 florescent orbs.
“They were moving really quickly and then they stopped and then all of a sudden they shot off,’’ he said.
Seconds later he saw the F-16s race past.
Private airline pilot Steve Allen, who was camping out with pals nearby, said he "noticed some lights coming at us at a very high rate of speed".
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“We saw craft coming from the east going west. They had extremely large lights like a magnesium flare. It almost burnt your eyes to look at it,’’ he said.
“It was moving extremely fast – faster than any normal aircraft.
“As we watched it we saw there were two F-16 jets in hot pursuit after it chasing it.
“It was unbelievable. It left us all in shock. It was out of this world.’’
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