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Look, We Should Just Admit That Tom Delonge and Blink-182 Were Right All Along About Aliens

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As it turns out, we should have all been listening to Blink-182‘s claims of alien existence — stemming in large part from guitarist/vocalist Tom DeLonge — all along.

Back in 1999, the pop/punk band broke out with Enema of the State, an album that recently turned 20 years old. It featured a song, sung by DeLonge, titled “Aliens Exist,” told from the point of view of a kid convinced that, well, aliens exist.

In late 2017, leaked footage in a New York Times report alleging a secret research initiative, the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Project made headlines — for their scientific value, sure, but also because of a connection to DeLonge.

He’d taken a break from Blink-182 by then, having been replaced by Matt Skiba. DeLonge devoted his interests to his other band, Angels & Airwaves, and his the To The Stars … Academy of Arts and Science, which he founded. The organization uploaded this video featured in the Times article about the Pentagon’s secret project:

And now, this week — almost two years later — the Navy has confirmed that yes, the videos DeLonge’s space venture uploaded, are real. Via Popular Mechanics:

The U.S. Navy has confirmed that three online videos purportedly showing UFOs are genuine. The service says the videos, taken by Navy pilots, show “unexplained aerial phenomena,” but also states that the clips should have never been released to the public in the first place.

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The three videos in question are titled “FLIR1,” “Gimbal,” and “GoFast.” They show two separate encounters between Navy aircraft and UFOs.

One video was taken in 2015 off the East Coast by a F/A-18F fighter jet using the aircraft’s onboard Raytheon AN/ASQ-228 Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) Pod. The other clip, also recorded with a Super Hornet ATFLIR pod, was taken off the coast of California in 2004 by pilots flying from the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz. In the videos, air crews loudly debate what the objects are and where they came from.

So, uh, what are these objects? Are they aliens? Are they something else entirely?

The search for answers continues, but DeLonge is definitely feeling pretty proud of his To The Stars … Academy right now, and rightly so! It was basically validated in its efforts … to what end, though, remains a mystery. For now.

As for Blink-182, the band is leaning into the whole aliens thing even with DeLonge caught up in other activities at the moment, which should only further the conversation.

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