An unclassified photo of an unidentified object intercepted by US Navy fighter aircraft is making its rounds on the internet, sparking discussions that range from the mundane to the bizarre.
The photo, taken from the back seat of a F/A-18 in 2018, shows what appears to be a triangular object off the East Coast of the United States.
The photo was part of a “leaked report” submitted anonymously by someone within or close to the Pentagon’s Unidentified Aerial Phenomena Task Force (UAPTF).
As for whether or not the photo itself is anything secret, the image is said to be considered “Unclassified and For Official Use Only.”
According to The Debrief, the image shows what could possibly be a mylar balloon, possibly for weather analysis or other data collection.
Terry Hock, In-situ Sensing Facility (ISF) Manager at the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Earth Observing Laboratory, dismissed earlier claims that it was a GPS dropsonde.
“There are scientific research groups that do launch balloons which they refer to as drifters,” Hock said. “[T]his may be a possibility.”
Pentagon spokeswoman Susan Gough was unwilling to discuss the matter in great depth.
“To maintain operations security and to avoid disclosing information that may be useful to potential adversaries, DOD does not discuss publicly the details of reports, observations or examinations of reported incursions into our training ranges or designated airspace, including those incursions initially designated as UAP,” Gough stated.
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