|By Bob Weaver|
Braxton County native Gray Barker was a prolific UFO hoaxer in the 1950s-60s, known for making UFO tales out of molehills.
Barker likely died penniless from his tales that were later spun by Hollywood into the best science fiction movies of all-time. Hollywood has made millions from his published stories, including "Men in Black."
The U.S. Navy has finally acknowledged that videos appearing to show UFOs flying through the air are the real deal.
Barker would be ecstatic.
The government has certified sightings that were recorded years ago by fighter pilots.
Then in 2017, they were made public by the New York Times.
There are images of that rotating thing captured by U.S. Navy aircraft show sensors locking in on the target.
Commander David Fravor saw it firsthand during a training mission, describing it like a 40-foot-long tic tac maneuvering rapidly and changing direction.
The object was first sighted in 2004, then similar objects were seen again in 2015.
Footage of the sightings, declassified by the military, were not made public until Dec. 2017 by the NYT and a group that researches UFOs.
A Navy spokesman simply confirmed to CNN the objects seen in the various clips are unidentified aerial phenomena or UAPs.
The UFO reports were first investigated by a secret $22 million program part of the Defense Department budget that investigated reports of UFOs.
The program has since been shut down, but it was run by a military intelligence official who told CNN they found compelling evidence that we may not be alone.
Barker. who tried to make a living about alien beings, did admit to concocting or expanding on early UFO sightings, being a showman, would likely tell us, "I told you so."
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