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Originally posted by jhn7537
I doubted the video and the story when I first read it yesterday, but today when I was driving home from Naperville (suburb outside of Chicago) I saw the back of something that looked very much like a drone... I saw it for a brief couple seconds whle i was driving and then i lost it due to the tree line/angle of the trees to sky that I was driving next to... It took me back for a moment becasue the tail I saw of it looked eerily similar to the drone and it was not like anything else Ive ever seen in the skys here.... I wish I could have taken a picture or shot video of it but it just happened all too fast as i was driving and once i got away from the tree line where I could see the open sky I couldnt spot it....
Take my story for what it is... Im not saying 100% that it was a drone, but it was something that was very similar to it and if others are spotting them around the chicagoland area its not that far fetch to believe...edit on 16-5-2012 by jhn7537 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Wrabbit2000
One more thing I thought I'd add for the thread, since I was off checking this morning anyway... Here are the tech specs for the MQ-9 Reaper, which is just an advanced and entirely offensive variant to the original Predators:
The U.S. Air Force proposed the MQ-9 Reaper system in response to the Department of Defense direction to support overseas contingency operations initiatives. It is larger and more powerful than the MQ-1 Predator and is designed to prosecute time-sensitive targets with persistence and precision, and destroy or disable those targets. The "M" is the Department of Defense designation for multi-role and "Q" means unmanned aircraft system. The "9" indicates it is the ninth in the series of remotely piloted aircraft systems.
Primary Function: Remotely piloted hunter/killer weapon system
Contractor: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc.
Power Plant: Honeywell TPE331-10GD turboprop engine
Thrust: 900 shaft horsepower maximum
Wingspan: 66 feet (20.1 meters)
Length: 36 feet (11 meters)
Height: 12.5 feet (3.8 meters)
Weight: 4,900 pounds (2,223 kilograms) empty
Maximum takeoff weight: 10,500 pounds (4,760 kilograms)
Fuel Capacity: 4,000 pounds (602 gallons)
Payload: 3,750 pounds (1,701 kilograms)
Speed: Cruise speed around 230 miles per hour (200 knots)
Range: 1,150 miles (1,000 nautical miles)
Ceiling: Up to 50,000 feet (15,240 meters)
Armament: Combination of AGM-114 Hellfire missiles, GBU-12 Paveway II and GBU-38 Joint Direct Attack Munitions
Crew (remote): Two (pilot and sensor operator)
Unit Cost: $53.5 million (includes four aircraft with sensors) (fiscal 2006 dollars)
Initial operating capability: October 2007
Welcome to America. A brave new world.
Originally posted by stanguilles7
I really cant believe so many people think this video is legit.
Just LOOK at it. It's a super-imposed still image that in no way interacts appropriately with its background/
The person who uploaded it has received 25 thousand views so far. Thats a fair amount of ad revenue on youtube.edit on 16-5-2012 by stanguilles7 because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Asktheanimals
why no build-up and acclimation time? What's the rush here? The lack of accountability shown by our government is frightening enough but now with these tools they can watch us or kill us at will.
The pilot is heard telling air traffic control: "A remote controlled aircraft, or what? Something just went by the other way ... About 20 to 30 seconds ago. It was like a large remote-controlled aircraft.
The corporate jet, a Cessna Citation 525 CJ1, was flying at 8,000 feet above sea level over Cherry Creek when the mystery object came close enough to make any pilot nervous.
"That's an issue because now we have something in controlled airspace that poses a danger," Former NTSB Investigator and 9NEWS Aviation Analyst Greg Feith said