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Pentagon FINALLY releases UFO footage first leaked by Blink-182's Tom DeLonge, a longtime alien enthusiast

The videos were first acquired and published online in 2017 by DeLonge's To the Stars, a company dedicated to UFO research
UPDATED APR 28, 2020
Tom DeLonge (Getty Images)
Tom DeLonge (Getty Images)

The Pentagon officially released three United States Navy videos of "unidentified" flying objects on Monday, April 27. The videos had been previously leaked to the public by an organization led by former Blink-182 musician, Tom DeLonge.

The videos were first acquired and published online in 2017 by DeLonge's To the Stars... Academy of Arts & Sciences, shortened as To The Stars. DeLonge is a co-founder of To The Stars, a company dedicated to UFO research and worked on exposing the Pentagon’s mysterious UFO program.

The videos, taken with infrared cameras, show what seemed to be unidentified flying objects moving rapidly. In two of the videos, military service members can be heard reacting to how quickly the objects were moving. One of the videos was taken in November 2004 and the other two were from January 2015, according to the Pentagon.

The Pentagon added that the "aerial phenomena" seen in the videos remain characterized as "unidentified." 

The videos are titled 'FLIR.mp4', 'GOFAST.wmv', and 'GIMBAL.wmv' are available to view through the official site of the US Navy here, at the Navy's Freedom of Information Act page.  The description for the FLIR video says, "FLIR1 is the second of three US military videos of unidentified aerial phenomenon (UAP) that has been through the official declassification review process of the United States government and approved for public release. It is the only official footage captured by a US Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet present at the 2004 Nimitz incident off the coast of San Diego."

Tom DeLonge (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for KROQ)

In 2019, the Navy acknowledged the videos released by To The Stars. Navy spokesperson Joseph Gradisher told Vice that  “the Navy considers the phenomena contained/depicted in those 3 videos as unidentified.”

When the videos were released, Neil deGrasse Tyson was one of the prominent voices to criticize DeLonge's footage. In an interview with CNN, Tyson said, "Call me when you have a dinner invite from an alien."

He said, "The evidence is so paltry for aliens to visit Earth, I have no further interest," adding, "The universe brims with mysteries. Just because you don’t know what it is you’re looking at doesn’t mean it’s intelligent aliens visiting from another planet."

Lead singer Tom DeLonge and bassist Mark Hoppus (L) of Blink-182 perform at the Virgin Mobile FreeFest on August 30, 2009, in Columbia, Maryland. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images)

In 2019, To the Stars also revealed that they had acquired "exotic material," tweeting, "'The structure & composition of these materials are not from any known existing military or commercial application,' says COO Steve Justice 'we are focusing on verifiable facts and working to develop independent scientific proof of the materials' properties & attributes.'" Justice said that the organization wants to reverse engineer the metals with hopes of manufacturing more of them. 

DeLonge has long been interested in aliens, with the theme being present throughout his career. In 1999, Blink's breakthrough album 'Enema of the State' featured the track 'Aliens Exist', on which DeLonge described being abducted. "What if people knew that these were real?" he sang.

In 2005, DeLonge put together the band Angels and Airwaves. In their very first video, for 'The Adventure', the quartet hurtled through the cosmos in a spaceship. The following year, he named his firstborn Jonas Rocket. DeLonge has also released a children's book called 'The Lonely Astronaut on Christmas Eve', a paranormal graphic novel for teens called 'Strange Times' and camped out at Area 51.

In an interview with Paper magazine in 2015, DeLonge said that he was in touch with "sources from the government," adding that his phone had been tapped and that he was aware of mind-control experiments being used against members of the public. "The same technology that we use to find oil underground," he said, "can zap somebody at the same frequency that the brain operates on, and it can cause some really horrific things to happen."

The following year, he told Mic, "When you're an individual like me, dealing with something that's a national security issue, and you're being gifted with the opportunity to communicate something you've been passionate about your whole life—something that has the opportunity to change the world over time—being a small part of that is enormously important for my life path. But I can't do everything. I can't tour nine months out of the year with enough time to do the enormity of what I'm setting out to do."

DeLonge is certainly celebrating the Pentagon making his 2017 videos official. In a now-deleted tweet, DeLonge wrote, "I must be the only musician that started a space-rock band, and then created an Aerospace company in parallel, and then brought out some very important space-related news (UFOs) to help change the world. Follow your passion kids."