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US fighter jet shoots down 'unidentified object' over Alaska

By T.K. Randall
February 11, 2023 · Comment icon 258 comments



The object was downed by an F-22. Image Credit: US Air Force / Darin Russell
The mysterious object was reportedly smaller than the Chinese balloon that was shot down last week.
Efforts are currently underway to determine the nature of an unknown high-altitude object that was spotted and then subsequently shot down by a US fighter jet over the state of Alaska on Friday.

According to Pentagon spokesman Brig Gen Pat Ryder, the object had been traveling at an altitude of around 40,000ft (the same altitude as jet airliners) and was deemed to be a risk to civilian traffic.

It was ultimately downed by an F-22 Raptor which fired a single AIM-9X Sidewinder missile.

Officials are currently in the process of retrieving and investigating the debris.
As things stand, there's not much we know about the object other than that it was around the size of a car and was "cylindrical and silver-ish gray".

"The object was about the size of a small car so not similar in size or shape to the high-altitude surveillance balloon that was taken down off the coast of South Carolina on February 4," said Ryder.

When asked if it was "balloon-ish", he replied: "All I say is that it wasn't ‘flying' with any sort of propulsion, so if that is ‘balloon-like' well - we just don't have enough at this point."

With any luck, we should hear more about the situation over the coming week.

Source: The Guardian | Comments (258)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #249 Posted by Desertrat56 4 months ago
I still don't think their $12 balloon could have gotten 40,000 feet high.
Comment icon #250 Posted by F3SS 4 months ago
Good point. I really have no idea how high something could go but if what theyvsay is true and they can climb 47k feet and they tracked it for 123 days before it disappeared on Saturday then its plausible that accounts for at least one of the objects.
Comment icon #251 Posted by docyabut2 4 months ago
I`m with Biden on the one, because China can use that spy balloon for as a weapon,but he could have shot that China spy balloon down in Alaska.
Comment icon #252 Posted by susieice 4 months ago
The US has ended the seaches. https://abcnews.go.com/US/us-concludes-search-2-objects-shot-alaska-lake/story?id=97304508 https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/navy-ends-chinese-spy-balloon-recovery-operation/story?id=97289405
Comment icon #253 Posted by acidhead 4 months ago
Best military in the world.
Comment icon #254 Posted by susieice 4 months ago
They pretty much got all of the spy balloon. The other two are so remote and in such a hostile environment in the winter it's smart to stop. Maybe in the spring or summer someone will find it.
Comment icon #255 Posted by Unusual Tournament 4 months ago
Agree. The fighter jets would have made visual passes and made recordings before shooting them down
Comment icon #256 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 4 months ago
It was a hobby club is perhaps the least believable excuse since it was a weather balloon in 1945.
Comment icon #257 Posted by docyabut2 4 months ago
Picture 1 of 5 https://www.google.com/search?q=hobby+balloons&rlz=1C1GGGE_enUS631US633&oq=&aqs=chrome.2.69i59i450l8.1964753108j0j15&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 Have one to sell? Sell now
Comment icon #258 Posted by preacherman76 4 months ago
I dont believe for one second that they didnt find it.


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