Obama’s former pilot during his election campaign in 2008 has revealed that the highlight of his career wasn’t flying around the President of the United States of America, but was an “incredible UFO sighting” he had in 1989.
In an interview with Clayton Morris on Fox News’ Fox and Friends show Mr Danzinger told the host: “I was just a first officer in a commuter airliner turboprop.
“I was flying from Kansas City International Airport bound for Waterloo, Iowa. There were crystal-clear skies in Kansas City. Crystal clear skies in Waterloo.”
He said “soon after takeoff” he and the captain spotted a “massive disk” in the sky.
He said: “It was dimly visible through the clouds, and the object appeared to be pacing the aircraft. We knew the object was not the moon, as we could see the moon on the opposite side of the cockpit.
“Soon after, the object turned into a giant red ball.”
The presenter asked Morris asked if any passengers witnessed the UFO, to which Mr Danzinger replied: “The captain did, but I don’t know about any of the passengers.”
Morris said he had previously been told by a number of other pilots that they have also seen UFOs but generally keep it quiet.
Mr Danzinger explained that “most” pilots have seen at least one UFO but most of those don’t widely discuss it for fear of it affecting their job or ridicule.
Danzinger said there was no formal policy to not speak about UFO sightings at his airline or any one he had ever worked for, but that there was an “unwritten” rule of sorts.
He said: “We were young. We were new in our careers, and the way people tend to be ridiculed about all of this, you just kind of kept quiet. You don’t want to be brandished as being crazy. That was one of our concerns before we actually reported it to air traffic control. We discussed it amongst each other. Is this something that is going to jeopardise our career?’ The government seems to discount every single report that ever seems to come out. The news media, at least in the past, tends to ridicule every UFO report, so, you know, that was all going on really big back in the 1980s.”
The pilot said other airmen had said that since he “came out” as a UFO witness, that they are hopeful of some legitimacy being given to the subject.
He said: “Virtually all pilots believe in UFOs. Pilots have said to me: “Wow, maybe this is finally going to get the stuff out. I have seen stuff. It is about time someone actually came forward, and you are actually getting some press, and maybe people will start believing this a little bit more.
“with billions of stars and trillions of planets out there, ‘ya gotta believe,’ and almost all of us [pilots] do.”