U.S. Fighter Shoots Down Chinese Balloon

F-22 fires AIM-9X

F-22 fires AIM-9X missile like the one used to down a Chinese balloon off the South Carolina coast.

Credit: USAF
A U.S. Air Force F-22 fired a single AIM-9X missile at 58,000 ft., downing a Chinese surveillance balloon off the coast of South Carolina on Feb. 4 that ended a three-day-long international saga. The F-22 from the 1st Fighter Wing at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, hit the balloon, which was...

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