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D.C. beltway ‘UFO’ up close at air base (VIDEO)

D.C. beltway ‘UFO’ up close at air base (VIDEO)

Posted: Jul 31, 2012 7:20 AM PDT
Updated: Jul 31, 2012 7:24 PM PDT
By Tom Fitzgerald, @tomfitzDC

PATUXENT RIVER, Md. -
Remember the ‘UFO' that motorists spotted along D.C. highways back in June?

The saucer-shaped object caused a stir in the area prompting many to call 911 and to post photos on Twitter.

We later learned the mysterious object was an experimental, unmanned aircraft.

The aircraft was delivered to the Patuxent Naval Air Station for testing, and on Tuesday, FOX 5 got its first close-up look at the drone.

The Navy calls it the X-47B. This is what the future looks like.

The Navy put the plane on a flatbed for its trip to Maryland, never guessing shutterbug drivers would put it on Twitter.

"We all got a laugh out of it," said U.S. Navy Test Engineer Matt Funk. "There was nothing real secretive about it, but we didn't go out of our way to publicize it."

Read more: http://www.myfoxdc.com/story/19156226/dc-beltway-ufo-up-clos...



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Maybe new to DC

but has been flying missions for, at least, more than a year and a half-around the world. It is an unmanned combat plane.