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F-22s scrambled to intercept mystery 'balloon' off Hawaii

By T.K. Randall
February 19, 2022 · Comment icon 14 comments

What was the nature and origin of the 'balloon' ? Image Credit: US Air Force / Kevin Robertson
The US tactical fighter jets were sent to intercept a suspicious object near Kauai's north shore.
The incident, which took place on February 14th, saw the F-22s intercept what was believed to be some sort of balloon, however specific details continue to remain thin on the ground.

"Indo-Pacific Command detected a high-altitude object floating in air in the vicinity of the Hawaiian Islands," the Adjudant General of Hawaii - Kenneth S Hara - wrote on Twitter.

"In accordance with homeland defense procedures, Pacific Air Forces launched tactical aircraft to intercept and identify the object, visually confirming an unmanned balloon without observable identification markings."

The mystery was compounded by reports of "powerful explosion sounds" by locals in the area, with an Air Force spokesperson later insisting that the "responding aircraft did not destroy the balloon."

Sightings of the object posted up on social media indicated a white oblong with two contrails.
"Someone who works in aviation here on the island received communications that there were F22's intercepting a UFO," wrote one member of the Kauai Community Facebook group.

"I wonder what the fighter pilots saw. It being a STATIONARY object."

"The aviation person told me that the UFO is many miles offshore from Princeville (?) over the ocean. It remained in one spot for at least 40 minutes."

The incident is particularly odd because F-22s are not usually scrambled to intercept something as mundane as a balloon, so exactly what the object was remains something of a mystery.

It has been speculated that it could have been some sort of intelligence-gathering balloon, however it still remains unclear who might have launched it or why it was being intercepted.

As things stand, no definitive explanation for the incident has been found.

Source: The Drive | Comments (14)

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Comment icon #5 Posted by ExoPaul 2 years ago
My money is an unmarked Chinese surveillance balloon and they probably tracked it coming. No other explanation for why they scrambled multiple F22's when commercial airlines spot UFO's every day and the military never bothers with them. And if the loud explosion reported was the pilots destroying Chinese hardware over international waters (if it were that far enough out) they are definitely not going to admit to doing it.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Earl.Of.Trumps 2 years ago
Unmarked, oblong-shaped weather balloon...? Naaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahh  I think it's a Chinese spy ship. Not sold on that idea but seems like the best option IMO
Comment icon #7 Posted by Trelane 2 years ago
Anyone who has been in forward deployed areas has seen unmanned dirigibles that fit the deion of what was reported. I think there are more mundane and logical explanations for this than to jump to extraterrestrial craft.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Tatetopa 2 years ago
You can sure look at a balloon through a telescope, they probably did that first.  Then what do you do? If you can't identify it and are not confident that it poses no threat, you go out and meet it.   Could be a weather balloon, could be a TiK Tok stunt,  could be a foreign power, either mundane or otherwise. Did you know the Japanese were successful in landing incendiary balloons in Pacific Northwest forests during WWII? Several were found.  One started a small fire I believe.    
Comment icon #9 Posted by onlookerofmayhem 2 years ago
Comment icon #10 Posted by AnthonyS 2 years ago
Comment icon #11 Posted by qxcontinuum 2 years ago
Looks like the tic tac ufo
Comment icon #12 Posted by onlookerofmayhem 2 years ago
Comment icon #13 Posted by the13bats 2 years ago
I can almost hear the gnashing teeth and deep furrowing brow of the true believers who will have to face the wasnt aliens.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Desertrat56 2 years ago
Well, maybe they needed a training exercise.  

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