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UFO. United States

ID #1704410908
Added Fri, 05/01/2024
Author July N.

Initial data

Initial information from sources or from an eyewitness
Incident date: 
Вирджиния-Бич, VA
United States

I was photographing fighter jets landing over the military base where I work, and while looking through the photos, I noticed this strange brown cigar-shaped thing in the last photo. 

I can't tell if he's in front of the plane or behind it, in any case he was moving fast enough that he could only be caught in one frame from a series of photos taken a few seconds apart. 

Enlarged/cropped versions are included, as well as other photos I took. (Taken on a Google Pixel 7 Pro in the parking lot when I was standing.

I asked Google Lens to try to identify it, and it tagged it as a UFO, like hell. It's the middle of winter, there are no mistakes at this time of year, In our area, especially when it's 39°F.) I don't know what to think about it.

Original news


Brown Cigar Shaped UFO?

I was taking pictures of the fighter jets doing landing runs over a military base I work at and as I was looking back on the photos I spotted this weird brown cigar shaped...thing in the last picture. I can't tell if it's in front on the plane or behind it, either way it was moving fast enough to only be caught in one frame over a series of photos taken seconds apart from each other. Zoomed in/cropped versions plus other photos I took are included. (Taken on Google Pixel 7 Pro in parking lot while stationary. I had Google Lens try to ID it and it flagged it as a UFO, like no shit. It's the middle of winter, there are no bugs out at this time of year, In our area, especially when it's 39° F outside.) Idk what to think of this.

The following submission statement was provided by u/Dextradomis:

Because the rules of this sub require me to do this, here it is. I was taking pictures of fighter jets overhead in the parking lot of my work place on a military base. Later on I was looking over the photos and noticed in the last one I took a strange, cigar shaped object. I can't tell if it's in the foreground or background but it looks like it's moving fast. I took several photos of the same plane and none of the others have the same object. Further explanation is provided in the original post.


List of versions containing features matching the eyewitness descriptions or material evidence

Balloons and balls

Balloon — aircraft (balloon), which is used for the flight gas, which is lighter than air.

Balloons - different sizes and shapes size toy, often made of latex. Is inflated with air or other gas. If the gas is lighter than air, the ball gains the ability to fly. The photo looks like a small dot. The colors and the opacity depends on the texture and color of the ball.

Beetles and other insects

Flying insects in photos and videos can be mistaken for UFOs.

Shooting can take place in the daytime or in the evening. When moving, the outlines of the insect can be both blurred and clear. Depending on this, dark spots or spots of bizarre shapes can be taken for UFOs. The video shows UFOs hovering in the sky, flying in a straight line or moving along a complex trajectory (for example, shooting May bugs near a tree against the background of the evening sky). Insects can be mistaken for UFOs by accident, or given out intentionally. At night, they can be highlighted by a flash.

Debris picked up by the wind

For UFOs often take empty plastic bags, bags from waste paper, Newspapers and other debris picked up by the wind. These objects can travel at different speeds, in different shades and shapes. Sometimes has a similarity with balloons and similar objects running man.

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Objects in motion, captured on a long exposure

Most often this artifact is called skayfish if the lens gets a passing bird or insect. It is based on the discrepancy between the speed of the video and the frequency of the flapping of insect wings. Essentially, each video drops a few strokes of the wings of an insect, which when viewed looks like "arrow", provided with long protuberances. The motion of the insect by its translucent body seems to "boom" and vibration of the wings give the appearance of bumps.

Objects and light sources out of focus

When the objects are out of focus, their silhouettes blurred and poorly recognizable. They can look like dark or colored translucent stain. This is often the cobwebs, spiders, insects in front of the camera.


Due to the peculiarities of the bird's flight, it is possible to capture a moment in the photo when an ordinary bird will resemble a "classic" UFO in shape.


Versions testing, their confirmation or refutation. Additional information, notes during the study of materials

Since the plane was filmed quite clearly, it is most likely some kind of object flying close to the camera. It is clearly blurred. This may be due to its movement (as well as its shape) and/or its close distance to the camera.


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