The UFO Phenomenon
F-22s scrambled to intercept mystery 'balloon' off Hawaii
By T.K. Randall
February 19, 2022 · 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
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