TTSA Gimbal and Go Fast videos from COMPTUEX?

Here's a tidbit I believe is proposed here for the first time.

TLDR: I'm making the case that the TTSA Gimbal and Go Fast UFO videos were most likely filmed during COMPTUEX (Composite Training Unit Exercise) between January 8 and February 8, 2015.

It was recently revealed that the Gimbal and Go Fast UFO videos released by the To The Stars Academy (TTSA) were almost certainly taken during the same flight, as evidenced by the matching PRF code and similar sounding pilots.

The Go Fast video ends with a timestamp of 4254 and Gimbal begins at 5245. Most seem to have made the mistake of interpreting that to mean a difference of 5245-4254=991 seconds, that is 16 minutes and 31 seconds. That is incorrect. Those timestamps actually show minutes and seconds, as can be seen from the Gimbal clip, where the timestamp changes from 5259 to 5300. So those were taken only 9 minutes and 51 seconds apart.

TTSA hasn't confirmed nor denied that information. They didn't reveal any details about the time and place of the Gimbal clip, but told that the Go Fast clip was from "a Navy encounter that occurred off the East Coast of the United States in 2015". Other sources have claimed the Gimbal video was taken off the Coast of Florida. Chris Mellon however shed some additional light of their origins:
After my op-ed appeared with video, I got a call from an individual retired from the Defense Department and who had worked on these issues and I asked him, I said do you have any context for that video, do you have any details? He told me that was one of two videos that came into the Pentagon from the commander of a carrier battle group and these are his words, he described it as a plea for help, end quote.
-- Chris Mellon, in Fox News interview on March 24, 2018
I did some research, and basically the options seem to be the following:
  • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71)
  • USS George H.W. Bush (CVN-77)
  • USS Harry S. Truman (CVN-75)
  • USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)
Furthermore, the possible date ranges for all of them are rather limited as well. Roosevelt departed from its homeport in Norfolk on March 11 for a deployment in the Middle East and a homeport change to San Diego, where it only returned near the end of the year on November 23. Bush underwent maintenance from June 16 for the rest of the year. Truman was under maintenance until May 22, and departed towards Middle East on November 16. Eisenhower was under maintenance until September 3. So at any given time, there were at most two alternatives.

But then there seems to be a further important hint. There are some background noises starting at 1:33 of the Go Fast video, which sound like some controller is contacting another plane, probably not the one that took the video, as they didn't listen to him.
That voice seems to begin the message with a callsign, which would be logical, and the beginning of that message sounds like "Nickel 61 Tango ..."

Turns out Nickel is the callsign for Strike Fighter Squadron 211 (VFA-211), nicknamed the Fighting Checkmates. Nickel 61 is known to have been in use, alongside Nickel 11,21,31 and 41.

VFA-11 was assigned to USS Roosevelt at the time. It participated to the COMPTUEX exercises that took place between January 8 and February 8, 2015, and soon after that Roosevelt with VFA-211 on-board departed to Middle East. One of their F/A-18F Super Hornets actually crashed in the Arabian Gulf on May 12. There's no indication they were flying near Florida at any other time, or that they would have any other exercises on the East Coast that year. That COMPTUEX seems to be the only alternative.

It was a large event, with some international participants as well. Here are the participants as far as I could find them (which might give some hints what the Gimbal video shows):
  • Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group (CSG-4)        
    • USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71)    
    • Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 2    
      • USS Forrest Sherman (DDG 98),
      • USS Farragut (DDG 99)
      • USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81)
    • Independent deployers    
      • USS McFaul (DDG 74)
      • guided-missile destroyer USS Laboon (DDG 58)
    • guided-missile cruiser USS Normandy (CG 60).    
    • Carrier Air Wing One (CVW-1)
      • VFA-211 (F/A-18E,F/A-18F) ”Fighting Checkmates”
      • VFA 11 (F/A-18E, F/A-18F) ”Red Rippers”
      • VFA 136 (F/A-18E) ”Knighthawks”
      • VMFA 251 (F/A-18C) ”Thunderbolts”
      • HS 11 (SH-60F,SH-60H) ”Dragonslayers”
      • VAQ 137 (EA-18G Growler) ”Rooks”
      • HSM 46 (MH-60R) ”Grandmasters”
      • VAW-125 (Northrop Grumman E-2D Advanced Hawkeye) "Torch Bearers"/"Tigertails"
      • (Probably) VRC-40 (C-2A Greyhound) "Rawhides"  
  • P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft
  • French forces (Jan 22 to Feb 5)    
    • Saphir nuclear submarine that ”sank” Roosevelt  
  • NATO forces (Jan 16 to Jan 28)    
    • 2x E-3A AWACS aircraft

Since those videos were taken by a two-seat Super Hornet (Boeing F/A-18F), there seems to be two alternatives for the squadron of the jet that took those videos: VFA-211 and VFA 11.

Even though TTSA still claims the Go Fast video shows "the high-speed flight of an unidentified aircraft at low altitude", simple math reveals it actually shows a relatively slow-speed flight (~48mph/77km/h) of a small target (~1-2 meters) at high altitude (over 13100 feet/4000 meters), flying more or less in a straight line. Lacking wind data, there's a lot of uncertainty in speed estimates, but otherwise everything that is actually shown seems to be consistent with a large bird.

Significantly, the proposed timing between January 8 and February 8 happens to be in the middle of the best birding season in Florida, especially for migratory birds, which significantly increases the number of bird species that could have been flying there at the time.


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