We have dissected this claim several times on this forum; Gordon Cooper was quite simply wrong about this entire episode.According to wikipedia one of the original Mercury astronauts, Gordon Cooper, claimed his biggest disappointment in his life time happened n 1957 at Edwards AFB when he and two other people were testing the photo taking Askania Cinetheodolite equipment.
Gordon claimed this equipment took beautiful pictures of an UFO at Edwards AFB.
He was instructed to hand over the film to the Pentagon.
Does that mean they are American and it would harm national security if a potential adversary knew about them, or to cover up embarrassment that they can't catch them?
That does seem to be the case in the USS Zumwalt incident and the USS Paul Hamilton incident.I assume a lot of these 'unidentified drones' reported by the Navy, usually not a million miles from "civilian" Chinese registered cargo ships, are actually part of an effort to gather information on current US defence systems.
Lately former deputy Secretary of Defense, Chris Mellon, has been pushing his opinion that aliens are the only logical answer.
Chris claims no country has the technology seen lately in the skies near naval vessels.
When you go to the zoo, do you talk to the animals? Why would they want to talk to us? What would be of interest to them? They may be so far beyond us. But the other thing I would say is that we have many reports that indicate that there has been some contact and some communication. Don’t forget, we’ve had incidents where these objects were flying right over our capital, the capital of the United States, and this has happened in other countries. We’ve had situations where these things have landed and hundreds of people have seen them. There may have been some contact and interaction, one, and, two, it doesn’t surprise me that they don’t want to, uh, land on the White House lawn and talk to the government, you know?
I think during my time that after we had failed to find an explanation and satisfied ourselves that the thing was a one-off and it hadn't shown any signs of coming back - all one could really do was to file the report. And to hope that there were not too many public questions, because we had no satisfactory answers
But know one will...I;m bored with the whole subject and if there are good fellow Space Brothers and Sisters and they introduce themselves to you and me that be great but I really think it ain't going to happen and O have seen things...the whole YouTube UFO shit is shit plus boring.The UFO stigma in that James Wolsey has integrity, but because UFOs is a taboo topic, no one will consider this statement as a possibility about the UFO phenomenon.