Drone Mistaken For UFO
June 15, 2012 by Bryan Nash
Washington, D.C., is no stranger to strangeness. But on Wednesday night, some people there thought things were about to get a little stranger. Newsrooms began receiving reports of a UFO in the area.
It wasn’t some strange aircraft being used to scout out and invade; it was just a government drone.
The 82-foot-long aircraft was being towed on Interstate 270 from Garrent County, Md., to Naval Air Station Patuxent River. The trek resulted in tweets.
“We’re receiving reports of a ‘UFO’ on the Beltway near College Park. We’re investigating. Traffic is backed up at exit 25A,” tweeted WTOP Radio.
- “That’s what happens when ET parks in DC without a parking permit.”
- “things are pretty scary until you know what it is.”
- “Even if the Beltway UFO was real, the government wouldn’t say it was they’ll just call it a ‘military exercise.’”
- “Don’t worry, that’s not an alien spacecraft just a flying military robot. Totally normal sentence in 2012. I love the future.”
The aircraft was an X-47B drone.
“In the coming months, you can expect to see the X-47B flying over the base and surrounding area along the Chesapeake Bay,” said Matt Funk, lead test engineer.