Here’s where the Pentagon-released ‘selfie’ with the Chinese balloon was snapped The Pentagon released a photo taken from a military plane chasing the Chinese balloon earlier this month. NPR has figured out where the selfie was snapped.
February 25, 20237:52 AM ET
Here’s where the Pentagon-released ‘selfie’ with the Chinese balloon was snapped
The Pentagon released a photo taken from a military plane chasing the Chinese balloon earlier this month. NPR has figured out where the selfie was snapped.
SCOTT SIMON, HOST:
Bellflower, Mo., ready for your close-up? This week, the Pentagon released what amounted to a selfie of the pilot of a U-2 spy plane keeping an eye on the balloon the U.S. says was a Chinese spy craft. But other than 70,000 feet in the air, where was the photo snapped?
NPR senior editor and correspondent Geoff Brumfiel went over the photos, Google Maps and Pentagon reports. He identified the Mississippi River, then a Y-shaped channel leading into the river next to a dam he could determine was Lock 24, then a bend in U.S. Highway 61, a water reservoir and, finally, the roof of an agricultural supply business just outside of town – a town Geoff Brumfiel determined was Bellflower, population 325 and around since 1887, even before BJ Leiderman began to write our theme music. In a post on npr.org, Geoff says we still don’t know what the balloon was doing in American skies. Until we do, I would like to ask, hey, Geoff Brumfiel, can you help me find my keys?
(SOUNDBITE OF RY COODER SONG, “JESUS AND WOODY”)
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