UAP - A 747 pilot's sightings
With the official 2017 DoD disclosure about UAP (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) in the NY Times, the US Navy has admitted it has encountered many unknown objects in the sky for decades.
Since then, many pilots have come forward about their experiences.
The now-famous interviews of Commander David Fravor on '60 Minutes' and Ryan Graves on the Joe Rogan Podcast were a trigger for me: I suddenly realized I might have seem some of those things in the past that they described.
During an 1,5 hour interview with Vinnie Adams of Disclosure Team in November 2022 (link below), I've spoken openly about the various sightings I've had in the last twenty years of flying, in an attempt to keep the global conversation about UAP and disclosure about the topic going.
Most of my sightings were clearly mundane or have been explained in retrospect. Others still defy an explanation.
The 'Spain Object' of 2010 is the most compelling sighting which is now under investigation by the French organisation IPACO. More details will be posted as soon as the report is published.
The British tabloid 'The Sun' published an article about my sightings as well, December 28th 2022.
I'm Christiaan, 40 year old airline pilot from the Netherlands with around 9,500 hours of total flying experience. Currently Captain on the 747-400.
I've started my first job on the Fokker 50 aged 20, flying contract work for a multitude of European and African airlines, besides flying under military contract in Afghanistan.
After about two years of flying the F50 I joined a Dutch airline to fly the Boeing 737 for roughly 4 years all across Europe before moving to the Boeing 747, which I've been flying now for almost 13 years.
Ever since my first flight as a student pilot I've been taken away by the absolute beauty of the world from above, so I've always carried a camera with me to try and document the world from above.
This resulted in a succesful secondary career of aerial photography that allowed me co capture and immortalize many of my moments in the air. I've won a multitude of awards with my work and also published several (award winning) books, completely unrelated to the UAP phenomenon.
I had no interest in the UAP subject until 2021.
The sole reasons for me to come forward about these sightings is to find out what I've seen, if there is a general air-safety issue regarding UAP and to keep the world-wide conversation about those sightings going.