Walz announces Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing shot down flying object over Lake Huron

(ABC 6 News) – Minnesota Governor Tim Walz broke the news in a tweet on Sunday night, that the Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing of the Air National Guard were involved in the shoot down of an “unidentified” flying object over Lake Huron on Sunday.

In the tweet, Gov. Walz praised the 148th by saying, “I’m proud of the airmen in the 148th, based out of Duluth, who earlier today took off from Madison, WI to shoot down a flying object over Lake Huron as part of a federal mission. The Bulldogs executed their mission flawlessly, protected the homeland, and got the birds home safe.”

It was the fourth such downing in eight days and the latest military strike in an extraordinary chain of events over U.S. airspace.

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The latest brought down was first detected on Saturday evening over Montana, but it was initially thought to be an anomaly. Radar picked it up again Sunday hovering over the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and it was going over Lake Huron, Pentagon officials said Sunday.