To the community: Drones and UFOs are different and separate, let’s not devalue authentic sightings with drone misidentifications.

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There is a lot of regular discussion and comments being made regarding drones and quadcopters and how they might interfere with our perception of the UFO phenomenon, and at the very least, account for a number of reported UFO sightings. They can be illuminated and are relatively silent, with the ability to hover in position and make rapid changes in direction during flight. Despite the misidentifications that have been made where quadcopters are called UFOs, the appearance, behaviour, and flight capabilities of a quadcopter are often much different than that of an authentic anomalous UFO. Simply, they don't look or behave similarly.

Let's not forget the speeds that UFOs fly at. Since the 1940s, best estimates and measurements using observational equipment has been pinning UFO speeds at up to 10,000 mph, even in Earth's atmosphere. This is where the majority of UFO interest and suspicion came from – their high and variable speeds – not to mention their peculiar physical appearances. The high speed maneuvers performed by UFOs – as reported by pilots and seen on radar – would destroy a conventional aircraft and kill the pilot with inertial forces.

Let's also not forget the dollar values and flight hours logged from pilots being scrambled in fighter jets to chase down and identify unidentified foreign targets, only to have the UFO evade their chase with high acceleration and speed, and erratic maneuvering. We have to include the physical trace evidence, the radar data, the amount of documentation from official department investigations, and thousands of consistent sightings of similar craft, whose descriptions don't match that of quadcopters from any decade. A pilot doesn't report a 40 foot cylinder craft out flying their plane at 30,000 feet if it is a quadcopter.

We have nearly a century of observations and measurements of the UFO phenomenon, but the majority of people think UFOs are just misidentified quadcopter lights in the sky. It's the same question over and over, "Are you sure they weren't just drones?". Everybody who sees or investigates a UFO needs to go through the list to identify their sighting with something prosaic before it can be called a UFO, so the drone question isn't invalid.

We're just seeing a lot of people who are unfamiliar with the phenomenon that discuss the drone topic in length. UFOs are not just lights that move funny in the night sky. Since the golden years, dedicated researchers recognized the phenomenon to be representative of a peculiar mystery. I think it would be sad for them to see people summarizing the phenomenon as drones and misidentifications, after all their work of gathering the data for future decades to build off of. Drones and misidentifications happen. But those aren't UFOs. And people need to focus on the authentic phenomenon.

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