Biden Admin Says Spy Balloons will Now Be A Common Occurrence

The Chinese spy balloon and the many other suspicious aircraft that have been spotted over the airspace of various countries in the western hemisphere are still being defined. The identified spy balloon which entered U.S. airspace on the west coast, traveled across America, and was eventually followed by military jets and downed in the Atlantic just off the South Carolina coast, was able to fly over military bases and other installations before the take-down occurred.

According to China, the balloon was primarily a civilian weather balloon that had been blown off course, and they accused the U.S. of overreacting by destroying it, but only after it had flown over a large area of the United States. Beijing claims that the unannounced balloon was a weather balloon, but the US shot it down as they believed it was a surveillance balloon. National security experts have said that the spy balloon’s path may have been a strategy to better map out and understand the location of U.S. missile silos and other artillery.

The F-16 fighter jet audio was released earlier this week, which furthered the mystery surrounding the incident. On Monday, John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council, gave an update on the Chinese spy balloons that have been shot down, and the audio from the F-16 fighter jet involved in shooting down the balloon was released. The audio shows just how bewildered the aircraft pilots were at the discovery of this object as they sighted it, only furthering the mystery.

“I wouldn’t really call it a balloon … I don’t know what … I can see it outside with my eyes,” one pilot says after locking eyes with the unidentifiable object.