After coming face to face with the object, one of the pilots also says: "I wouldn't really call it a balloon.
"I can see it outside with my eyes. Looks like something… there’s some kind of object that’s distended… it’s hard to tell, it’s pretty small," he says.
In surreal exchanges, they then discuss what the weird object should be called.
'I'm gonna call it like a container," says one of the pilots.
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"Can't really tell though what the shape is. The size of it, that would be challenging, it's so slow and so small, I just can't see it."
They also speculate how large the object is, with one describing it as "definitely smaller than a car", while another is the same size as a "four-wheeler".
The repeated sightings and shooting down of UFOs over United States airspace has captured the imagination of many UFO enthusiasts, with some believing extraterrestrials are behind them.
The view was given more credence by an official US line saying that it could not be ruled out that the objects were extraterrestrial, but that there was so far no evidence supporting such a theory.
Following their successful mission, it was later revealed that the action cost the military nearly a million dollars.
The jets were using missiles at the cutting edge of military technology, with each one fired costing $400,000 (£330,000) and the plane taking two attempts to take the object out of the sky after the first missile missed the target.
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