Today at 0800, the people of San Francisco woke up to an unusual sight, an aircraft that looked like a F-16 with Pakistani insignia on it’s tail was soaring through the skies of San Francisco. The United States Air Force from the Fresno Air National Guard Base responded immediately by dispatching F-15Cs to intercept the JF-17. The episode lasted about ten minutes over the city’s skies and ended up when JF-17 was escorted by F-15Cs back to the USAF base.
The incident baffled the United States Air Force on how a Pakistani Air Force JF-17, an aircraft with limited range ended up on United States shores. North American Aerospace Defense Command also known as NORAD failed to detect the aircraft entering US airspace giving birth to speculations that Pakistan finally managed to develop stealth version of JF-17 called JF-17X.
Sources close to Defence Aviation said that the United States Air Force is yet to determine the point of origin of the JF-17. And NORAD refused to comment on the lapse in the security measures. Pakistan Air Force has not replied to any of our emails, I think they are ignoring Defence Aviation completely.
The incident eerily reminds us of Battle of Los Angeles also known as The Great Los Angeles Air Raid, is the name given by contemporary sources to the rumored enemy attack and subsequent anti-aircraft artillery barrage which took place from late 24 February to early 25 February 1942 over Los Angeles, California. Initially, the target of the aerial barrage was thought to be an attacking force from Japan, but speaking at a press conference shortly afterward, Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox called the incident a “false alarm.” Newspapers of the time published a number of reports and speculations of a cover-up.
We are still waiting for more information to be released by the United States Air Force and NORAD. There are many questions to be answered in this incident. Till then tell us if anyone successfully pulled up a PRANK on you today on April Fool’s day in the comment section below.