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A suspicious UFO in Wichita


I usually refrain from posting too many debunkings in a row, but what can I do? In the past few days dubious images have been raining, and some ordinary investigations are due.

The image above was sent by Daniel, February 6, 2009, to Dirk Vander Ploeg from UFO Digest. According to Ploeg:

“The majority of the evidence, including photographic evidence and testimonies from present and past air force personnel makes me believe the object photographed by Daniel is a B-2 Stealth transporting a Drone similar to the SR-71 Blackbird.”

Daniel “describes the object as being black and very shiny with a surface similar to glass. ‘You can see the glass reflecting off of it. The pink circular pattern in the sky was only there for 10 seconds or so’, he said”.

For my part, I think those reflections are exactly what are strange here. In the enhanced close-up below, by Bruce Jessop (see the original link in UfoDigest), pay special attention to the ‘orb” like reflection on the right:


From the little I know, those light artifacts usually only show up in objects heavily out of focus. And the glaringly obvious inconsistency here is that all distant objects, from the trees to the clouds, are in focus. Except for the UFO.

If the blurring was due to extreme speed, it would be seen in the direction of the movement. It’s rather uniform around the UFO. The UFO is quite simply out of focus when all the distant objects are in focus.

That would add to the evidence that it could be actually a small, shiny, model near the camera, explaining that strange orb on the right.

Do you disagree? Feel free to correct me. I may be wrong, of course. Jason “Naveed” Westby thinks it’s a bird.

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  1. PersonFromPorlock February 17th, 2009 8:56 pm

    The “pink circular pattern” isn’t: it does have a remarkable similarity to a somewhat old-fashioned overhead light dome reflected in a window, though.

  2. Mori February 17th, 2009 9:52 pm

    Indeed, the “pink circular pattern” could be a reflection on a window — though I would guess a lens flare. If the “UFO” were flat, it could have been simply glued to a windows, but I do think the “UFO” is a three dimensional object — though it’s near the camera. Probably hainging by a thread, that doesn’t show up in the photo due to the blur.

  3. rick February 18th, 2009 2:53 pm

    Bird is the word.

    Love those contrails in the background.

  4. Craig York February 18th, 2009 6:37 pm

    I don’t know what it is, but like you, I seriously doubt
    its anything remarkable. It doesn’t look much like the images I’ve seen of the B-2, and the notion its totting a
    drone of some kind around on its back is a little silly. The
    D-21 drone mentioned indirectly in the link wasn’t a stunning
    success-rather the opposite-and nothing I’ve seen in recent
    aviation literature suggests that anybody is trying the formula again. The lack of motion blur mentioned in the link is fairly telling as well.

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  6. MCG February 22nd, 2009 9:53 am

    It looks like a poorly focused photo of a Bell UH-1 Huey military helicopter. Excuse the photos, but the resemblance seems patently obvious:

  7. MCG February 24th, 2009 11:13 am

    I think it could be a UH-1 Huey ex-military helicopter. There are plenty in civilian ownership, and no reason why one couldn’t be painted in black. Also, helicopters can seem amazingly fast at low altitude – which this one seems to be at.

    This forum post has a couple of images showing the photo in comparison with a UH-1: link

  8. lol July 3rd, 2011 4:22 pm

    out-focused bird

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