UFO in Kansas mystery solved
of Cowley County, Kansas caused a
sensation last week when they
captured video of
the military towing a concealed object
on a flatbed truck down US Highway 77.
It wasn't long before a wave of
speculation hit, claiming the object was
Depending on the angle from which you
spotted it, the 30 foot-wide mysterious
craft appeared to be saucer-shaped. It
was so large that local law enforcement
had to remove roadside signage so it
could pass through. But it was covered
in a tightly concealed tarp, making any
further examination impossible.
Gizmodo points out,
the craft does not technically meet the
definition of UFO. For starters, even if
it were an alien craft, the object was
not flying. And
it's no longer unidentified.
sheriff Don Read announced that the tarp
was in fact covering a flying object,
but one of decidedly Earthly origins.
More specifically, it was a drone
aircraft manufactured by
After Read's disclosure, Northrop
Grumman senior manager of public
relations Brooks McKinney stepped
forward to provide more details, telling
that the "UFO" is a X-47B unmanned
combat drone designed to operate from
aircraft carriers. It was headed to the
Naval Air Station Patuxent River,
technology, or Unmanned Systems (UMS)
have become so commonplace, that
has a section dedicated to them
on its public website. There's
even a page for
the X-47B itself.
X-47B unmanned drone (NorthropGrumman.com)
"Clearly people are interested in what's
going through town. It's unusual to see
a shrink-wrapped aircraft, especially
one with that shape," McKinney said.
built two for the Navy, they were being
tested at Edwards Air Force Base [in
California] since March. One is on its
way to Maryland, and the other will
remain in California."
the reason they weren't actually flying
the high-tech aircraft was even simpler.
"It's difficult to fly an unmanned drone
through commercial airspace," McKinney
Finally, the question "What's the matter
with Kansas?" can be answered: A painful
lack of alien spaceships.