What’s happening with the unidentified objects that US fighter planes keep taking down?

Feb 13, 2023
Updated • Feb 13, 2023

In three days, the US military has shot down three flying objects over North American airspace. Another unidentified high-altitude object with strings attached and described as an “octagonal structure” was shot down on Sunday over Lake Huron in Michigan.

It is understood that the same item was picked up by radar over Montana on Saturday. When struck by a launched F-16 fighter jet, an air-to-air missile, it flew at 20,000ft across the Great Lakes region, a height that posed a risk for a civilian aircraft.

“I’m glad to report it has been swiftly, safely, and securely taken down,” - said Gretchen Whitmer, the state’s governor.

The object appeared to have traveled near US military sites, and the Pentagon said it posed a threat to a potential surveillance tool and civilian aviation. Off the coast of South Carolina, shot down a large balloon on 4 February, which China claimed even though, according to Beijing, it was only involved in innocent weather research.

Gen Glen VanHerck, responsible for safeguarding US airspace, has stated that they have yet to identify the three most recent objects, where they came from, or how they stayed aloft. He also said that the radar has been adjusted to track slower objects and that the recent three objects were referred to as “objects and not balloons” for a reason.

When VanHeck was asked if he ruled out extraterrestrials: “I’ll let the intel community and the counterintelligence community figure that out. I haven’t ruled out anything.” was his response.

However, Reuters reported that a defense official stated that the military had not seen evidence that it was an extraterrestrial object. Military personnel is expected to be deployed to Lake Huron with diving gear designed for the freezing wanted to search for pieces of the destroyed object.

The US military continued with searches off the coasts of South Carolina and Alaska for fragments from the first destroyed balloon, which was the most prominent object of the four - taken to the military laboratories after being retrieved for analysis.

Although the Chinese government has insisted it was only for weather research after they admitted owning the balloon. It was disputed by the Pentagon, stating the balloon was transporting powerful equipment, and early indications suggest it could intercept communications. US military tracked the balloon for several days as it flew 60,000ft in the national airspace. Initially spotted on 28 January off the coast of Alaska.

Tensions have risen on both sides of the Canadian and US border as four downed flying objects have been shot down in a week, causing international political stresses.



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  1. Someone said on February 15, 2023 at 1:44 am

    I’am an religion-free man. I never liked guns, either warplanes..
    I dont want more humans feel pain from wars, and some goverment
    outside there, makin billions n trillions destroying people lifes.
    So if anything gonna happen to US military HQ, is their fault only.

  2. JoSi said on February 14, 2023 at 10:19 pm


  3. Subterfuge said on February 14, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    In a word, subterfuge.
    A way for mainstream media to ignore the biggest environmental disaster this century, taking place in Palestine, Ohio. A train wreck where the government intentionally released toxic chemicals that are killing wildlife and are forcing the evacuation of the whole of the town.

    Of course, too, an alien threat has long been one of the items in the globalist’s playbook to effect greater control over the population.

  4. moon_balloon_or_baboon said on February 14, 2023 at 11:11 am

    it’s a moon, it’s a balloon!! or a baboon!!!
    iron head is back!!! it’s party again!!

  5. fuc said on February 14, 2023 at 6:04 am

    Comon, Shoot down all ALIENS, yeah~

    The whole world is waiting for the aliens/invaders to take revenge on the u-s-dogs.

  6. nebulus said on February 14, 2023 at 3:12 am

    “What’s happening with the unidentified objects that US fighter planes keep taking down?”

    I don’t know, they hit the ground or take a dive in the ocean? /s

  7. yanta said on February 14, 2023 at 2:54 am

    This article has no place on a technology site.
    Do you not want people to come here anymore.

  8. Sleepless said on February 14, 2023 at 2:23 am

    More importantly: Do those fighter jets need a Microsoft account to operate? And how can I install spyballoons on linux?

  9. Anonymous said on February 14, 2023 at 1:38 am

    I didn’t come to this site for MS fanboyism or government propaganda.

  10. Anonymous said on February 13, 2023 at 11:41 pm

    Just go directly to https://www.ghacks.net/author/martin/ and only see Martin’s articles

  11. Clairvaux said on February 13, 2023 at 11:25 pm

    This article is obviously off-topic, and there’s no way Ghacks could bring any special expertise to the subject. So why is it posted ?

    1. John G. said on February 13, 2023 at 11:44 pm

      Technically is not off-topic because it’s some kind of digital spying methods using ballons. Probably more related if the recovered destroyed tech parts after being shot were exposed. In my opinion the worst thing of the article is to see a photo of a computer using W10, mainly considering that @Shaun has written dozens of articles about the magnificent W11. Just my opinion, of course.

      1. Clairvaux said on February 15, 2023 at 5:09 am

        Of course it’s off topic. Ghacks is about helping people use their computers and similar devices.

        Digital spying methods using balloons is completely unrelated : it’s a military, diplomatic and political topic.

        Also, this author knows nothing about military matters. He has zero sources within political and spying American circles. He’s just copy-pasting things which have already been published by the mainstream media. He’s saying nothing about the spying methods used by the Chinese with their balloons, because the American government hasn’t released yet any information on the matter.

        No journalist, even the best experts, has any in-depth information on the subject. Even the biggest media only publish whatever short official statements come out of Washington for the time being.

        This article is ridiculous. It might as well have been produced by Chat GPT. Frankly, I don’t see the point.

  12. m3city said on February 13, 2023 at 10:33 pm

    It’s just sad. Every time I visit I feel like a goose that’s force feed for foie gras with iphone, chatgpt, whatever-tabloid-news is on “top” now.

  13. Iron Heart said on February 13, 2023 at 6:06 pm

    See, “Shaun”, this is why longtime readers, myself included, have quit this blog by now. Your nonsense articles that don’t belong here are a straight up pestilence. This blog is going down Titanic-style and I can’t think of any way “Shaun” and the other geniuses who have joined this blog as of late could generate more visitors here. Quite the contrary. At some point even Tom Hawack, who typically swallows absolutely everything as long as you write “gHacks” on it, will eventually quit this Softonic Lite monstrosity. When reader numbers have hit rock bottom, it will be too late to reconsider.

    I mean, other communities have active, friendly, and knowledgeable communities and informative articles too. The articles of Ashwin and Martin Brinkmann will not be enough to save a blog that consists of 90% spam, like the spam this article here clearly is. RIP gHacks, was nice knowing you.

    1. VioletMoon said on February 14, 2023 at 4:16 pm

      @Iron Heart

      Ahhh . . . Iron Heart returns. What a relief!

      It’s Martin’s silence on the matter and why we don’t know what is taking place behind the scenes that makes for an apprehensive read.

      Yes, the articles are comical, at best.

      As long as readers keep clicking the articles and making comments, writers and advertisers are happy.

      East Palestine, Ohio, not new news.

      Read about Palestine, occupied East Jerusalem. Demolition teams.

    2. Yash said on February 14, 2023 at 6:55 am

      Yep Ghacks has changed and for worse. For me right now more important than Ghacks is Ghacks comment section RSS feed. Atleast I can see some human presence there. The website looks like it is being controlled by AI aka money.

      Have these new changes brought new traffic or increased traffic? Considering number of articles have increased by Shaun and other authors, maybe it has increased. But only at the detriment of old users. I do visit Martin’s substack more often. It is a good place for information. Substack in general are a good place.

      Anyway as always Ghacks will always have a place in bookmarks irrespective of things that have changed and will change.

    3. 1337 said on February 13, 2023 at 8:04 pm

      I only come here for Iron Heart’s commentary these days.

    4. Tom Hawack said on February 13, 2023 at 6:40 pm

      @Iron Heart, I never swallow, honey. Yes, I defend Ghacks because of what I’ve known of it, because of Martin, because of quality articles, a certain tempo, a style, because my temperature doesn’t rise hysterically even if I’m starting to be annoyed. I don’t know if I’ll stop coming here, not at this time, but I’m certain that with only the “geniuses” as you sarcastically describe them I’d have at least a foot outside.

      This said, whatever our disagreements of the past, I appreciate reading you. I appreciate authenticity.

      1. Iron Heart said on February 13, 2023 at 6:47 pm

        @Tom Hawack

        My dude, this website is 90% spam and trash now. Even if Martin Brinkmann and Ashwin still post here, I am not enough of a fanboy for it to dig out their articles from under a pile of garbage. I am not as tolerant of this recent garbage performance as you are. I’ll call it out and then quit if nothing changes.

      2. John G. said on February 13, 2023 at 11:38 pm

        @Iron Heart, there is no need at all to fight against a good reader like @Tom Hawack. At least he wrote some good quality comments and answers. You can agree him or not, but fight in such non cost way is complete unnecessary. Just my opinion, by the way.

      3. Tom Hawack said on February 14, 2023 at 11:51 am

        @John G. I don’t think Iron Heart was in any way “fighting” against me, at least not in the sens you may be giving to the word. He has his temperament as I have mine, as we all have ours, perhaps more that of a Patton whilst myself closer to a Bradley should we establish any comparison with WWII warriors.

        To agree with, to sympathize, consideration, respect are not in substance exclusive from each other. Personally I lack consideration for opportunists and respect for injurious persons. Those two apart and from there on disagreeing is a natural and most welcomed component of any dialog. You and I have disagreed and yet haven’t tried to impose ourselves with injurious pseudo arguments. Same with iron Heart, I don’t recall him having ever been injurious, at least not towards me and otherwise not by name as far as I can know and remember (I haven’t read *all* Ghacks articles!).

        I think one thing to always be aware of is that we often analyze things differently afterwards than in the heat of the present. We read here and elsewhere old comments and we are likely to perceive them differently than when they actually occurred, with sighs, sometimes regrets, often with a feeling of over-reactions, maybe because with time we tend to differentiate the essential from the superfluous.

        So we’ll carry on, at t=0, in real-time, we’ll carry on exchanging, agreeing, disagreeing and that’s good. We’ll get enthusiast, irritated, revolted :=) but as long as we remain faithful to respect for the others than even clashes will bring their part of worthy information. I think that’s all there is to it, to life in society generally speaking.

        Back to Ghacks. Let us not abandon the ship whatever the storm.

      4. Iron Heart said on February 13, 2023 at 11:49 pm

        @John G.

        I just see no point in being sycophantic towards what has recently become a plain trash website. I said that Tom will likely be the last one leaving the sinking ship because he is more long-suffering than I am for reasons unknown to me, and that is true.

        The current state of the website is frustrating and this needs to be voiced very clearly, in a way that can not possibly be mistaken as acceptance. I am here for it. I am also willing to quit because this website no longer meets very basic quality standards.

      5. Anonymous said on February 13, 2023 at 8:58 pm

        Shaun is entitled to write what he likes subject to censorship by Martin. More tolerant readers don’t need to be swamped with negative opinions.

        @Shaun, how about you write an article about different reader filters, telling you reverse-fans how they can be rid of you and give all the other readers some peace.

      6. Jody Thornton said on February 13, 2023 at 8:55 pm

        Good to see you back Iron Heart. But yes, very little OS and browser stuff compared to what was here before October.

      7. Iron Heart said on February 13, 2023 at 11:53 pm

        @Jody Thornton

        I won’t be here for the long term. When I returned here recently I was like “Fucking hell, what kind of crap is this? What even are these nonsense shill articles? And what are these ignorant clowns doing here?” – And honestly, this feeling has not yet subsided. This used to be a quality website to some degree at least. How the mighty have fallen, is all I can say. If the goal here is to increase audience numbers, the new, uhm, “content” of the website is clearly not the way to do it.

        Can hardly look at the trash it has become and I mean this in all honesty.

  14. Kalmly said on February 13, 2023 at 5:28 pm

    I thought this was a tech site. What next, political articles?

  15. J. Tripper said on February 13, 2023 at 5:27 pm

    This blog has gone downhill since it was sold to the ad company… not even a daily read anymore.

  16. Milan said on February 13, 2023 at 5:16 pm

    Somebody get this Shaun clown out of the website please. Its a technology hacks blog not some guy who has no clue what he is talking about , but talks about it anyway. Get him out of here and get someone back who can write how to make windows run faster. Jeez.

  17. Tom Hawack said on February 13, 2023 at 5:07 pm

    “Ghacks is a technology news blog […]”

    Now includes space and aeronautics. UFOs to come? Physical fitness, best diets?
    How about “Are today’s hackers the new Web serial killers?”.
    I mean, give it some punch, strong titles, sensationalism.
    I’ve never seen so many articles since new authors lay their copies one after another.
    Fast news like fast food when we’ve known gourmet articles for gourmet readers.
    Fine cuisine remains, alongside hot-dogs and hamburgers, for how long?

    1. John B said on February 14, 2023 at 8:56 am

      It’s another distraction from whatever it is they don’t want people paying attention to. Actual alien technology runs circles around the best terrestrial-based jets.

    2. John G. said on February 13, 2023 at 11:35 pm

      I agree. I barely can answer to all the new articles due the high number of them. :(

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