Have you ever heard of a Chinese spy balloon? Well, it turns out that one was shot down off the coast of South Carolina over the weekend. This is not your typical balloon, however. U.S. Air Force General Glen VanHerck reported that this balloon was up to 200 feet tall and weighed “in excess of a couple thousand pounds.” It was also potentially carrying explosives on board so it could self-destruct!
It all began when President Joe Biden allowed the balloon to fly thousands of miles over the continental U.S. last week. That’s when the U.S. military used an F-22 Raptor to take out the Chinese spy balloon off over the Atlantic Ocean using a single air-to-air A9X sidewinder missile that was fired at an altitude of approximately 58,000 feet.
In a statement, VanHerck said that the military normally does not have authority to gather intelligence with the United States on a day-to-day basis but that in this case “specific authorities were granted to collect intelligence against the balloon.” He also noted that the balloon had propellers and a rudder to help it navigate its way, but its maneuverability was reportedly limited.
So why is this news so important? Well, it’s a reminder that the world is a dangerous place and that the U.S. needs to remain vigilant in protecting its citizens. The fact that the U.S. was able to take out this balloon is a testament to the strength of our military and the dedication of our servicemen and women.
This story is a fascinating one and one that should not be overlooked. The fact that the U.S. was able to shoot down a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina is a testament to the strength of our military and the dedication of our servicemen and women. It’s also a reminder to remain vigilant in protecting our citizens and our country.