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Toledo native recalls close encounter with UFO

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    Left Chad Albert, of Toledo, with his cousin, Cmdr. David Fravor, in an October, 2004, file photo when Commander Fravor took command of VFA-41, Strike Fighter Squadron 41 also known as the "Black Aces" in Lemoore, Calif.

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    Toledo native and retired Navy Cmdr. David Fravor has made headlines as the pilot behind the aircraft that captured video footage of a strange object that he said was flying over the Pacific Ocean in 2004.

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Toledo native and retired Navy Cmdr. David Fravor chuckles at how the most famous story of his 24-year military career invariably tops all others when he finds himself chitchatting with friends and acquaintances.

Many people on Earth claim to have seen an unidentified flying object. But Commander Fravor, a 1982 Whitmer High School graduate, is one of the few who claim to have been in pursuit of a UFO while flying military aircraft.

“What was unique with ours is we actually interacted with it. We chased it. I went after it,” Commander Fravor, 53, told The Blade in a telephone interview from his house in Windham, N.H., a city of 14,439 people that’s 37 miles north of Boston.

Commander Fravor’s mysterious encounter occurred way back on Nov. 14, 2004, when he and another pilot were on a training mission 140 miles southwest of San Diego.

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