VANDENBERG, Calif. — An unidentified flying object the size of a football field hovered over the Vandenberg Air Force Base in 2003, according to a House of Representatives hearing on UFO's.
The hearing on Wednesday by the House Oversight Committee’s national security subcommittee focused on UFO's, unidentified anomalous phenomena's, which is a term used by the U.S. government instead of the former.
In the hearing, whistleblower testimony also highlighted alleged UFO programs from the government in what retired major, David Grusch, described as a "multi-decade" secret.
The testimony about the alleged UFO sighting was brought forward by a former Navy fighter jet pilot, Ryan Graves, who has since founded a nonprofit organization focused on UAP sightings called Americans for Safe Aerospace.
"In the 2003 time frame, a large group of Boeing contractors were operating near one of the launch facilities at Vandenberg Air Force Base when they observed a very large, 100-yard-sided red square approach the base from the ocean and hover at low altitude over one of the launch facilities. This object remained for about 45 seconds or so before darting off over the mountains.”
Graves says the event happened at approximately 8:45 a.m. The UFO sighting was followed by another 24 hours later.
“Later in the evening, post sunset, there were reports of other sightings on base, including some aggressive behaviors. These objects were approaching some of the security guards at rapid speeds before darting off,” Graves said.
Grave added that the information he received was given to him through one of the witnesses that approached him at ASA.
According to Graves, the same witness that came forward to him has held documented police blotter and records about the events in 2003.
Former Mjr. Grusch and former U.S. intelligence officer David Fravor also testified in the hearing, but they withheld answers to many questions.
“This is an issue of government transparency,” said Rep. Tim Burchett of Tennessee. “We’re not bringing little green men or flying saucers into the hearing... We’re just going to get to the facts. We’re going to uncover the cover up, and I hope this is just the beginning of many more hearings.”
Graves says that a stigma remains for commercial and military pilots when it comes to reporting UFO's.