The national park system is one of America’s crowning achievements. For a lot of us, it’s easy to forget that America has some of the most spectacular geography and landscapes in the world, and the preservation of huge swaths of wilderness as national parks that anyone can visit and explore is truly fantastic. But the wilderness of America is a strange place, and the national parks are all hotbeds of paranormal activity from UFOs to the Missing 411 cases and everything in between. Recent footage allegedly taken by a pilot flying over the Grand Canyon purports to show some of that strangeness.
According to the YouTube channel The Hidden Underbelly 2.0, who shared the video (you can see the footage for yourself here), the footage was taken by pilot Mike Wagner as he was flying over the Grand Canyon in broad daylight. It shows two white, reflective objects flying in tandem beneath the plane, over the canyon. The objects have no discernible features, but could be seen as having a similar shape to the “tic-tac” UFO seen from the USS Nimitz in 2004, which has been at the center of the ongoing saga of the military’s relationship to UFOs. But then again, lots of things look like a white tic-tac when seen from far away, or blurred from enlarging the footage.
One alternative explanation would be that the objects are actually distant and blurry birds. But that doesn’t seem all that likely, due to the video actually being in slow-motion. According to Mike Wagner in the description of the originally uploaded video, the footage was shot at 120 fps and slowed down to 24 fps. Considering that even at 24 fps, the video is only 30 or so seconds long, and the objects only appear briefly, they must have only appeared for a split second in real time. If they are in fact actual objects flying above the Grand Canyon, then they were probably flying incredibly fast. It would be nice to see the real time footage.
Without seeing the original video at actual speed it’s hard to say what these objects are, or if they’re actually objects at all. The cynic in me wants to say that there’s a nefarious reason for not showing the 120 fps video. At full speed is it clear that the UFOs are scratches on the glass? Or glinting sunlight? Maybe. But maybe not, both of those explanations seem to fall short as well. Perhaps it’s just impossible to see anything at 120 fps. The other explanation, and it’s just as painful to say it this time as always, is that it’s a couple of drones. That’s not necessarily the best explanation, but it’s always a possibility now.
While this footage isn’t conclusive by any means, the Grand Canyon does have a history of weirdness. Last year, a series of cattle mutilations were reported in Arizona near the Grand Canyon. Then there are the tales of a mysterious underground civilization below the canyon, first reported in 1909. Cattle mutilations, mysterious lost civilizations, and UFOs all go together pretty well when you’re cooking up a spooky stew. This footage certainly isn’t proof of any of it, but next time you’re in one of the national parks remember to keep a camera at the ready. And for the love of all that is holy, buy a telescopic lens.