Mystery Drones Swarmed U.S. Air Force Base for Weeks

Unmanned drones flew around Langley Air Force Base in Virginia for several weeks last December, U.S. Air Force officials confirmed on Friday.

The drones were first noted on Dec. 6, 2023, according to officials, and fluctuated in size and configuration. It is unclear whether the drones also swarmed nearby defense facilities during this time, such as the U.S. Army’s Fort Eustis.

“None of the incursions appeared to exhibit hostile intent but anything flying in our restricted airspace can pose a threat to flight safety,” a spokesperson for Langley Air Force Base told the War Zone. “The [Federal Aviation Administration] was made aware of the UAS incursions. To protect operational security, we do not discuss impacts to operations. We [also] don’t discuss our specific force protection measures but retain the right to protect the installation. Langley continues to monitor our air space and work with local law enforcement and other federal agencies to ensure the safety of base personnel, facilities, and assets.”

Although none of the drones appeared hostile, Langley Air Force Base is located in one of the most strategic areas of the country and plays an important role in protecting the country’s airspace. Langley is also one of just a few bases that houses F-22 Raptor stealth fighters. (Read more from “Mystery Drones Swarmed U.S. Air Force Base for Weeks” HERE)

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