UFO incident revisited 36 years later
A new book written by retired U.S. Army Col. John Alexander, Ph.D., is bringing new attention to the phenomenon of unidentified flying objects over Northwest Florida.
In the mid-1980s and early 1990s, Pensacola and Gulf Breeze were thrust into the world’s consciousness after multiple sightings of alleged UFOs were reported in the nowdefunct ‘Gulf Breeze Sentinel.’
In his book ‘UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies and Realities,’ Alexander – a former Green Beret A-Team commander and developer of weapons at Los Alamos, N.M. – writes about an encounter that Marine Reserve Squadron Capt. Larry Jividen and his crew of five aboard a T- 39D Sabreliner combat trainer allegedly had with a UFO in the skies over Pensacola.
On Feb. 6, 1975, Jividen – a nine-year Marine Corps officer – and five Naval pilots took off for a two-hour training flight that began and ended at Pensacola Naval Air Station.
During the flight at approximately 9 p.m., Jividen spotted a solid red light in nearby airspace off the right nose of his aircraft.
Jividen and the other five crew members mutually described the UFO as a “solid, circular object about the relative size of a kid’s marble held at arm’s length,” Jividen recalled. In the following five minutes, the object appeared to respond to various moves from the flight path of the T-39D.
Eventually, Jividen said, the UFO flew away at a very high rate and disappeared southwestward over the horizon. The T- 39D returned to base at Pensacola NAS, and Jividen filed a report. Nothing else was ever said or written about the alleged incident until 2011 with Alexander’s book and a subsequent story written by the ‘Huffington Post’Web site.
Alexander is a private consultant and a Senior Fellow at the Joint Special Operations University. His previous books include ‘The Warrior’s Edge’ (1990); ‘Future War’ (1999); and the sequel ‘Winning the War’ (2003).