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A UFO in Cowley County?


Was that really a UFO being driven down U.S. 77 in Cowley County?

That’s what residents thought when they saw a 32-foot thing on the back of a flatbed truck Monday.

“It was this funny sphere that went through on this big trailer, and my first thought was that looks like a UFO,” resident Kammi Root told NBC affiliate KSN.

The strange sight was captured on video, and has set the Internet abuzz with claims that Kansas might have a new type of undocumented alien.

Local officials were told it was an aircraft, but “they asked us not to say a whole lot about it,” said Sheriff Don Read. "They" being the transportation company.

It appears, however, that the craft is not some celestial voyager, but a drone – the X-47B built by Northrop Grumman – being shipped from California to a naval air station in Maryland.

So why was it being driven through Cowley County, which is southeast of Wichita?

"It's difficult to fly an unmanned drone through commercial airspace," a Northrop Grumman spokesman told the website Life’s Little Mysteries.

“Piloted aircraft are one thing, but long trips for large aircraft without a human pilot on board are frowned upon for both aviation security reasons and practical concerns,” wrote LLM’s Benjamin Radford.


RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 5 months ago

No, Customs and Border Protection use the MQ-9 Reaper. http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/border_security/air_marine/air/aviation_asset/predator_b.xml

See the hardpoints for mounting missiles? The hunter/killer craft can carry 14 AGM-114 Hellfire missiles. Yes, carrying missiles, inside US borders, potentially hunting and killing U.S. citizens. This is what your elected officials authorize.

They were last used to arrest 6 US citizens in North Dakota who were branded "Domestic Terrorists, and with the passage of the defense bill by the senate, they could have been detained without trial or without charge in Gitmo, permanently.

Or just hunted and killed.

LogicMan 6 years, 5 months ago

Dagnabbit, they found my ship. I thought I hid it better than that. Oh, well, at least it won't be going anywhere with the fried engine in it; I would have been long gone off this rock if it worked.

Oh, and another thing, the security system is still active. I hope they don't try to crack it open - they might want to watch the original (1951) The Day the Earth Stood Still before trying.

blindrabbit 6 years, 5 months ago

Heading to New Orleans for loading a ship headed to Iran; we decided to give them a copy and try to get the original back.

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