Image: Michael Fugnit/AviationDaily
An unidentified flying object was spotted over the Philippines this past week, and online aviation experts are excited about the possibility that it was some kind of secret experimental aircraft out of Area 51. Michael Fugnit, a landscape photographer native to Santa Magdalena, a coastal municipality in the province of Sorsogon, was basking in the early sunrise on the morning of September 2nd, when he spotted an unusual shape traversing the sky at a high altitude.
Perplexed by the shape of the craft, which slightly resembled an Angelfish, Michael snapped a single photograph of the fast-moving aerial object as it cruised overhead while trailing a noticeable condensation plume. Experts who have analyzed the photograph point to the similarity the aircraft bears to a Northrop Grumman RQ-180, a high-altitude, stealth unmanned aerial surveillance aircraft rumored to be in active service since 2019 and currently conducting aerial reconnaissance over conflict regions around the world.
Although it is hard to confirm if the diamond-shaped, slender-winged aircraft belongs to any particular country's arsenal, it is worthy to note that the region in question is heavily patrolled and monitored by various superpowers with strategic interests in Southeast Asia. Read more about it below.
The aircraft resembles the one seen in an image taken in California a year ago that is thought to be of the elusive RQ-180 stealth spy aircraft.