A military pilot reportedly encountered a strange object while flying over the Atlantic Ocean on the East Coast of the U.S. in 2018. It was apparently captured with their personal cell phone.
It is believed that a backseat weapons system operator on an F/A-18F Super Hornet took the photo of the object, which was described as “inverted” and “bell-shaped,” and having “ridges or other protrusions along its lateral edges, extending toward its base.”
The object may be a GPS dropsonde, a sensor on a parachute that provides info on the vertical profile of a storm. But the actual dropsonde doesn’t appear in the photo—just the potential square-cone parachute.
And there would obviously have to be an aircraft above the object to drop it, and no such craft is visible in the image.
Is the object a research balloon? “Pilots who encountered the object described that, unlike a balloon under similar conditions, the object was completely motionless and seemingly unaffected by ambient air currents.”
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