Mysterious object near Lockheed Martin facility spurs Twitter frenzy

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Mysterious object near Lockheed Martin facility spurs Twitter frenzy

The truth may be out there, but Lockheed Martin isn’t telling.

UFO hunters and defense wonks raised their collective eyebrows last week when footage surfaced on social media depicting an object resembling a flying saucer on the back of a flatbed trailer near a Lockheed testing facility in California’s Mojave Desert.

But Lockheed executive Jeff Babione did nothing to calm the speculation when he was questioned about the video on Tuesday.

“Can you tell us anything about this?” reporter Marcus Weisgerber asked during an event hosted by military news outlet Defense One.

“I can’t,” Babione answered.

Twitter user Ruben Hofs had shared the video, which he said he had seen on TikTok, prompting a variety of reactions. Some users speculated about what the object was, with a consensus emerging that it was either a model or prototype of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or possibly a fighter jet.

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The Twitter video caused speculation over what was seen at the Lockheed Martin facility.
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Others asked how the video was allowed to be taken at what is theoretically a highly secretive facility.

“I don’t know what it is,” one Twitter wag said, “but it looks expensive and we paid for it.”

Another user questioned how important and classified the object really was.

The area where the video was shot, officially known as the Helendale Radar Cross-Section (RCS) Facility, is run by Lockheed Martin’s Advanced Development Programs (ADP), commonly known as Skunk Works. Skunk Works, based in Palmdale, Calif., has been in operation since World War II, is known for its secrecy, and has been responsible for some of the world’s most famous military and spy planes — including the U-2, the F-22 and the F-35.

Lockheed executive Jeff Babione said he couldn't tell reporters what the object in question was.
Lockheed executive Jeff Babione said he couldn’t tell reporters what the object in question was.
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During the Defense One event, Weisgerber pressed Babione, the general manager of Skunk Works, on the facility’s security, to which Babione responded, “We’re good.”

At the same event, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown said he had not seen the video and thus could not comment.

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