Did a UFO crash land in Kansas? At least that is what many residents of Cowley County, Kansas thought when they saw a flying saucer-shaped object being towed down the U.S. Highway 77 a few days ago.
At least from one side, the 30-foot suspicious object placed on a flatbed truck resembled a flying saucer.
"People were calling in saying, “Oh they think they found a flying saucer. It looks like a flying saucer to us and we don't know for sure what it is," Donetta Godsey from the Winfield Daily Courier told ABC 7 News.
Further, local sheriff's refusal to divulge details about the mysterious aircraft added to the UFO speculations.
Clearly people are interested in what's going through town. It's unusual to see a shrink-wrapped aircraft, especially one with that shape.
Northrop Grumman rubbish UFO rumors
But much to the disappointment of the residents, a Northrop Grumman spokesperson has declared that it a X-47B, a combat drone designed for use by the navy.
"We built two for the Navy, they were being tested at Edwards Air Force Base [in California]. One is on its way to Maryland, and the other will remain in California," said Brooks McKinney, senior manager of public relations at Northrop Grumman.
On being questioned why the drone didn't fly to its destination, Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Maryland, McKinney explained, "It's difficult to fly an unmanned drone through commercial airspace."
"Clearly people are interested in what's going through town. It's unusual to see a shrink-wrapped aircraft, especially one with that shape," he added.
McKinney explanation is definitely plausible, but it could be just a good story to cover up the truth too.
Is the object really a military drone or crashed flying saucer? We leave it to you to decide.