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US Air Force couldn't explain mystery drones

By T.K. Randall
February 29, 2020 · Comment icon 19 comments

Who or what was operating the drones ? Image Credit: US Navy
Newly released emails show that officials at F.E. Warren AFB did not know who was behind the Colorado drones.
Back at the end of December 2019, reports emerged of a fleet of unidentified drones operating in Colorado's Phillips and Yuma counties between 7pm and 10pm in the evening.

The unmanned vehicles ended up generating concern and intrigue in equal measure with both residents and authorities alike being unable to explain who was operating them or why.

Within days, the sightings had spread to other counties and even into neighboring Nebraska.

Now a series of emails obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request have offered a unique insight into what was happening behind the scenes at F.E. Warren Air Force Base at the time.

The communications sent back-and-forth between officials reveal that, even at the highest level, an explanation for the mysterious drone activity remained surprisingly elusive.

In one e-mail dated January 2nd 2020, an unknown sender wrote:

Hey colonel: Northeastern Colorado is in a tizzy about drone sightings. They all seem clustered in an area that has quite a few Minuteman sites. Do you know if security forces is playing with UASs [unmanned aircraft systems] up there?"
Another sourced from the 90th Security Forces Group reads:

"Sheriff's deputies are responding and seeing the drones as well. They reported seeing a 'mothership' 6' in diameter flanked by 10 smaller drones (some fixed wing, some not). When deputies follow the drones, they clock them at speeds of 60-70 mph. The drones also appear to be dropping or picking up things that look like 'potatoes' [Redacted]"

"The FBI in Colorado and the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) in Omaha are currently looking into the sightings. Perkins County Sherriff's [sic] Office has three of the potatoes frozen in storage and will likely transfer them to the FBI for analysis. The FAA is sending an agent to Colorado this upcoming weekend to help investigate and handle the news coverage."

F.E. Warren would eventually release an official statement about the phenomenon:

"We can confirm that the drones spotted in Colorado and Nebraska are not from F.E. Warren Air Force Base and are not affiliated in any way with the United States Air Force. We have provided this information to the FAA, FBI, and state and local authorities, as they investigate this matter. "

As things stand however, the case appears to be far from solved.

You can read the e-mails, as well as a more detailed analysis, on The Drive - here.

Source: The Drive | Comments (19)

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Comment icon #10 Posted by Sakari 4 years ago
Have you seen a Chinese product versus a American made? Go buy a Drone on Wish and tell me how high tech it is  
Comment icon #11 Posted by Hammerclaw 4 years ago
Sounds like an RC organization having some long distance flight fun. The mixture of standard drones and fixed winged ones is pretty telling. 
Comment icon #12 Posted by Golden Duck 4 years ago
DJI make the best drones
Comment icon #13 Posted by Twas Brillig 4 years ago
RIIIiiggght! Numerous people see moving lights and are labeled hysterical.  How insulting. They may have been UFOs rather than drones, would you say the same thing then? If so what are you doing on this forum?  
Comment icon #14 Posted by XenoFish 4 years ago
Is that all you've got? Why do so many love to fall back on that line? 
Comment icon #15 Posted by toast 4 years ago
The US AF has a budget of approximately 165B USD and they cannot explain the drones above US soil? 3 options: they don care anyway they are involved and/or operate the drones they are too stupid
Comment icon #16 Posted by joc 4 years ago
What are you doing on the forum, seeing as how you don't even read the posts?  If you had actually read my would have seen that it wasn't me but the Department of Public Safety who said that it was mass hysteria.   Did you get your genius out of box of Cracker Jacks or did you just find it laying somewhere on the road called Dumbass?
Comment icon #17 Posted by joc 4 years ago
I'm going with 1. They don't care anyway...and they don't care because they aren't seeing any.
Comment icon #18 Posted by stereologist 4 years ago
I created a thread on the Shaver Mysteries where a mentally ill person has their delusions printed as fact and other people went on to write letters stating they too have dealt with the deros of Lemuria (which in the Shaver Mysteries is the land inside of the Earth.) If some other people want to join the bandwagon then so be it.  
Comment icon #19 Posted by kel_kel 4 years ago
Kind of funny how drones appear that no one can explain seeming to be dropping objects that no one can explain and then a little while after a virus starts appearing.. sometimes in places that people can't explain.. you know like a random nursing home or random School where nobody has left the country and nobody understands how the virus got there.. kind of funny right

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