F-22 shoots down another unidentified object, this time in Canada – AEROFLAP

A United States Air Force (USAF) F-22 Raptor fighter shot down another unidentified flying object (UFO), this time in Yukon Territory, Canada. This Saturday’s (11) interception marks the third such occurrence in a week.

Just today, the North American Air Defense Command (NORAD) told the Canadian Portal World News that it was following a “high altitude aerial object” detected in the north of the country. Later, the portal confirmed that NORAD was monitoring one or two objects.

At 6:55 p.m., Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau claimed to have ordered the shooting down of the object, which violated national airspace. “Canadian and American aircraft were engaged and an American F-22 successfully fired on the object”, Trudeau said, also confirming that the Canadian Forces would recover and analyze the wreckage. Airspace in the region has been temporarily closed.

In a statement, Pentagon press secretary Brigadier Pat Ryder confirmed that the object was shot down by an AIM-9X Sidewinder missile, fired from an F-22, in Canadian airspace. Ryder said the target was detected by NORAD in Alaska late last night.

Two F-22s from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson followed and observed the object with aerial refueling support from the Alaska Air National Guard. On the Canadian side, CF-188 Hornet fighter jets and CP-140 Aurora (P-3 Orion) maritime patrol aircraft continued to monitor Canadian airspace. The interception took place in coordination between Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and his Canadian counterpart, Minister Anita Anand.

Two RCAF CF-188A Hornet fighters approach a Colombian Air Force KC-767 during Exercise Maple Flag 2013, Photo: MCpl Marc-André Gaudreault, Canadian Forces Combat Camera.

In a statement, the White House said that “Out of an abundance of caution and on the recommendation of their military, President Biden and Prime Minister Trudeau authorized their slaughter.” “President Biden authorized US fighter jets assigned to NORAD to conduct the operation and a US F-22 shot down the object over Canadian territory in close coordination with Canadian authorities.”

Airspace in the region has been temporarily closed. According to NOTAM (Notice to Airmen), airspace within 100 nautical miles of the small town of Mayo, Yukon is restricted for an “active air defense operation”.


The killing, the third in the F-22’s career, also raised questions about the operation of American aircraft in Canadian airspace. Although it attracts attention, NORAD is a joint initiative between the two countries. As noted by Tyler Rogoway, Portal Editor The war zone, “American aircraft occasionally fly over Canada on NORAD missions. Nothing new there.

“While we cannot discuss specific details regarding these activities at this time, please note that NORAD conducts dispersed and sustained operations in the defense of North America in one or all three NORAD regions”said Major Olivier Gallant, spokesman for NORAD, in a statement to the World News.

Details of today’s massacre are still scarce, but it is the third such event in a week. On Saturday (04), an F-22 shot down a Chinese spy balloon off South Carolina. The airship had entered the continent on the 27th and was accompanied by NORAD and USAF, until it was shot down three days after President Joe Biden authorized the downing.

Yesterday (10) two more F-22s were deployed to shoot down an unidentified object in northern Alaska on the border with Canada. According to the Pentagon’s press secretary, Brigadier Pat Ryder, the object had been detected the day before and observed by an F-22. Ryder said the item shot down Friday was the size of a small car, cylindrical in shape and silver in color.

On each occasion, the Raptors used AIM-9X Sidewinder missiles to bring down the objects. The weapons used in close combat are thermal.

F-22 fighter jets from Elmendorf Air Force Base were responsible for shooting down an unidentified object in northwest Alaska.  Photo: USAF.
F-22 fighter jets from Elmendorf Air Force Base were responsible for shooting down an unidentified object in northwest Alaska. Photo: USAF.

Updated with Pentagon statements and White House memo.

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Gabriel Centeno
Journalism student at UFRGS, spotter and military aviation enthusiast.

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