Ryan is a former US Navy fighter pilot and trained aviation safety expert with 11 years of service and two combat deployments aboard the USS Enterprise and USS Theodore Roosevelt. In 2014, Ryan and his squadron mates of VFA-11, the Red Rippers, began tracking unknown radar contacts off the coast of Virginia Beach. After simultaneously detecting the objects on the APG-79 radar, ATFLIR, and with their eyeballs, it was concluded these objects represented physical objects. Where they are from, or what they are doing, is still unknown.
Without a mechanism to mitigate this unique safety issue, US fighter pilots have no choice but to continue to operate within close proximity to UAP. As a Navy trained Aviation Safety Officer, Ryan understood the potential safety risks and could not continue to ignore the issue. As a key military witness to UAP, Ryan briefed Pentagon and Senate members about the risks to aviation safety while on active duty.
Today, Ryan continues to be a thought leader, publicly advocating for the scientific study of UAP to enhance aerospace safety and break the stigma. In 2021, Ryan helped enable the creation of the AIAA UAP Community of Interest, a neutral, scientifically-focused professional organization charged with:
To improve aviation safety by enhancing scientific knowledge of, and mitigating barriers to, the study of Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP).
As the Chair of the UAPCOI, Ryan is working to leverage the AIAA’s 30,000 members, and 95 corporate members across 85 countries to enable an open and collaborative community to move the science of UAP forward.
Ryan lives with his wife and daughter in the Boston, MA area.
My mission is to enable the scientific study of Unidentified Aerospace Phenomena (UAP) in support of safe air and space operations.
60 Minutes | Navy Pilots Describe Encounters with UFOs (@ 4:06)
The New York Times | Navy Reports Describe Encounters With Unexplained Flying Objects
The New York Times | ‘Wow, What Is That?’ Navy Pilots Report Unexplained Flying Objects
Unidentified @ History Channel | Lt. Graves Testimony Season 1
As Chairman of the AIAA UAP Community of Interest, I want to ask for your help. I need volunteers who can offer their scientific, political, digital, and media skills to advance the mission of raising awareness about UAP to support aviation safety.
If you think you could help, please submit this form with a brief description of relevant skills, and I will follow up when we might be able to use your assistance.
Thank you for considering volunteering your time to an incredibly important mission - it means a lot to me, and I think together we can change the world.
—Ryan Graves | June 22, 2022