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A mystery plane spotted on Google Maps by eagle-eyed Reddit sleuths is believed to be an unmanned AI fighter drone.

The jet was spotted on an airstrip in Palmdale, California, leaving people baffled as to what the puzzling object might have been.

Someone wrote on the Google Maps Reddit forum: "Can anyone identify the plane?"

Another internet user responded with a link showing what they believe the unidentified plane is.

They think it is the Northtrop Grumman X-47A, which is an unmanned aerial combat vehicle.

The drone has been used by the United States military after design work on the aircraft began after a Navy contract was secured in 2001.

Other Reddit users had differing opinions about what the plane might be.

One wrote: "Superficial resemblance to the Falcon Hypersonic Technology vehicle 2, but could also be a mock-up for the next generation air dominance platform that the USAF (US Air Force) is developing. Or, more likely something completely different, like a UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle).

"I'm no aerial reconnaissance analyst!"

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Others were more light-hearted in their responses, with one joking that it "looks like an alien to me," another suggesting it might be a weather balloon, and a third person quipping it is a "paper plane, rare, seldom seen outside of a classroom environment".

Reddit users are fond of solving Google Maps-based mysteries.

In December last year attentive internet detectives spotted an abandoned plane in the middle of the desert in Libya.

Showing detective work Sherlock Holmes himself would be proud of, some believed they uncovered the story behind the mystery jet.

They believe it was the plane belonging to the late Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat that crash landed in the desert in 1992, killing two Palestinian pilots and a technician.

  • Alien
  • Drone
  • Google Maps
  • Military
  • Artificial Intelligence

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