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US F-22 Raptor Allegedly Engaged a UFO, Not a Chinese Spy Balloon, Over Northern Canada in February – Reports

US F-22 Raptor Allegedly Engaged a UFO, Not a Chinese Spy Balloon, Over Northern Canada in February – Reports

In an unexpected twist, a new report suggests that an object initially believed to be a Chinese balloon, downed by an US F-22 fighter jet in February over the Yukon territory in northern Canada, may belong to the category of ‘unidentified anomalous phenomena’ or ‘UAP.’

The UAP is the official term used for what is more commonly referred to as “unidentified flying objects or “UFOs.” In the last few months, the Pentagon and American lawmakers have accelerated their investigations into what they call ‘unidentified anomalous phenomena’ or ‘UAP.’

On September 6, CTV News, based in Canada, reported that in February, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau received a classified memo on “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP).


US F-22 Raptor Allegedly Engaged a UFO, Not a Chinese Spy Balloon, Over Northern Canada in February – Reports
US F-22 Raptor Allegedly Engaged a UFO, Not a Chinese Spy Balloon, Over Northern Canada in February – Reports


Based on information obtained through a freedom of information request, the report revealed that an unidentified object was detected and shot down over northern Canada’s Yukon Territory on February 11.

The incident occurred shortly after an F-22 aircraft downed a Chinese spy balloon off the coast of South Carolina on February 4.

Between February 10 and 12, US fighter jets shot down three more unidentified objects, with the object mentioned in the “Secret” memo provided to the Canadian Prime Minister being one of them.

According to the information in the “Secret” memo, the Yukon object marked the 23rd occurrence of a so-called “UAP” tracked over North America during the first few weeks of 2023.

The memo clarified that the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) assigns sequential numbers to objects detected annually to monitor every unidentifiable object.

Further investigation shows that many of these objects are harmless and do not warrant higher-level reporting or engagement. In the case of Object #23, its purpose, means of propulsion, or affiliation with any specific nation-state remains unconfirmed.

Sent on February 14, the “Memorandum for the Prime Minister” was labeled as “Secret” and designated for “limited distribution, the report noted.

It was CC’d to Trudeau’s national security advisor, Jody Thomas, and endorsed by Janice Charette, who at the time held the influential position of the clerk of the Privy Council.

Canada’s Privy Council Office, or PCO, is a centralized organization overseeing the country’s public service. Its primary role is to offer non-partisan assistance to the prime minister and the cabinet in formulating policy decisions.”

In the aftermath of the February 4 incident involving the takedown of a suspected Chinese spy balloon, ‘UAP #23’ became one of three unidentified objects intercepted by fighter jets over North America earlier in the year. These three objects were notably smaller than the 200-foot-tall apparent Chinese surveillance device.

The Yukon object, identified on February 11, was swiftly intercepted and shot down on the same day by a US F-22 fighter jet. During the initial encounter, officials described it as a ‘suspected balloon’ with a ‘cylindrical’ shape.

The memo revealed that NORAD Canadian CF-18 Hornets were also dispatched, but the F-22s held a better position in terms of timing, location, and diminishing daylight conditions.

The memo assured that updates and information would continue to be provided as additional Unidentified Aerial Phenomena (UAP) were detected.

Efforts to recover debris from the Yukon object were halted on February 17 due to challenging winter conditions and the remote, mountainous terrain. Uncertainty persisted regarding whether it posed an armed threat or possessed intelligence collection capabilities.

The impact area served as a known migration route for caribou, increasing the likelihood of future accidental discovery by Indigenous hunters.

The Canadian military typically refrains from investigating unidentified or unexplained occurrences unless they are linked to credible threats, potential threats, or situations involving possible distress, such as search and rescue operations.

The classified document contained extensive redactions, citing national security and cabinet confidentiality as the primary reasons.

Nevertheless, Canada and the United States maintain a level of cooperation in addressing such phenomena beyond their national borders.

Historically, the Canadian military has investigated unknown or unexplained phenomena when they pose credible threats, aligning with the recent shift in attitudes toward UAPs in Canada and globally. The United States, for example, has ramped up investigations into UAPs conducted by the Pentagon and NASA.

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