US publishes ‘selfie’ of military plane pilot flying over Chinese spy balloon
The U.S. Department of Defense has made public a photograph taken of the pilot of a military aircraft flying over a Chinese spy balloon. by the pilot of a Lockheed U-2 spy plane. flying over the Chinese spy balloon that was shot down by the U.S. military in early February off the coast of South Carolina.
In the photograph, a sort of ‘selfie’ taken by the pilot in mid-flight, it can be seen perfectly the mysterious white balloonwith what looks like solar panels hanging below. In addition, the shadow of the Lockheed U-2 aircraft itself is seen cast on the balloon.
In another of the images revealed by the Pentagon the panels hanging below the balloon by cables can be seen in more detail.
The U.S. military shot down this alleged Chinese spy balloon. once it was already over Atlantic Ocean waters and after crossing the entire U.S. territory from coast to coast, as reported by Washington.
The balloon was first sighted over the state of Montana and crossed the US all the way up the east coast to the Atlantic. Senior Pentagon officials had warned of the risk of shooting down the balloon over land because of the danger of the wreckage causing damage.
After the balloon was shot down, the U.S. military recovered the electronic mechanism and key sensors.which are believed to be used for intelligence gathering, and is analyzing them.