A U.S. Navy pilot's story emerged after the Pentagon publicly acknowledged for the first time the existence of a recent program dedicated to studying unidentified flying objects. The funding for what was known as the Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ran from 2007 to 2012. But officials familiar with it said some of its efforts have continued. After tracking the UFO visually from his plane, the pilot summarized his UFO experience with the quote "I want to fly one." A recorded video from the plane was shown on many major media news networks of the encounter.