Drone Mistaken For UFO

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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.

Other tweets:

  • “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.

Bryan Nash

Staff writer Bryan Nash has devoted much of his life to searching for the truth behind the lies that the masses never question. He is currently pursuing a Master's of Divinity and is the author of The Messiah's Misfits, Things Unseen and The Backpack Guide to Surviving the University. He has also been a regular contributor to the magazine Biblical Insights.

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