On November 14th, 2004, around the afternoon, off of the coast of San Diego, Commander Fravor and the other pilots in his squadron were diverted from a training mission to investigate a U.S. Navy cruiser’s report of a strange craft at 80,000 feet suddenly dropping and hovering at 20,000 feet. 
For two weeks, the Princeton had been tracking mysterious aircraft. Fravor described a 40-foot-long oval object with no wings or plume from any engine — the “flying Tic Tac” — randomly moving around. Fravor cut his F-18 across to approach the unidentified flying object, getting to within a mile. The flying object would appear and once in sight, it would perish.