The person who captured the image says that it was it came out of the clouds and moved faster then any aircraft (including F-16s, etc...) he has ever seen and left a pinkish glow for a short time. After sending it to UFO Digest (which helped earn it national attention), people are beginning to say that it is undoubtedly a secret military aircraft, or a B-2 Spirit bomber carrying a secret drone craft piggyback style, much like the SR-71 decades ago.
Sr-71 with drone
Now one of the things I hate the most is debunking a UFO photo, especially one that so many people are convinced is a secret aircraft. The other thing I hate about it is that it makes me feel like I don't believe in UFOs, when I sincerely do and know that some of the things I've have seen are not man made, or at least not normal. However I really, really have to call this one out. Why? Well what I see here is almost clearly and I mean clearly......................................a bird....
What makes me say that? Well first off, it's almost a perfect profile of a bird in flight. Secondly, notice the background is quite decently in focus leaving any objects in the foreground, out of focus, not to mention providing us with some sense of perspective. Now that object that is claimed to be a secret aircraft is quite clearly in the foreground. So if that is indeed a B-2 Spirit carrying a drone, it is a rather small B-2 Spirit carrying a drone. That to me leaves only one possibility and that is that this is a photo of a bird, banking slightly in the foreground.
Here is a close up of the object in the photo:
Here is a close up with my attempt at trying to highlight the obvious bird features (which I think are pretty obvious highlighted or not):
And now, for comparison, here is a smaller section of the Wichita photo and a small pic showing a bird in flight from a similar (not banking) angle:
By no means am I a professional photographer, nor do I have much experience in analyzing photos, but I have had some photography classes in the past and based on my knowledge from those classes, I am confident that that is indeed a bird...and if you read farther on the UFO Digest link, I'm not the only one who sees it.
Oh, and if this object was moving at a fast rate of speed like it is claimed, and if the photographer did indeed have a slow lens like he claims in the news article I've linked to below, then there is a slight lack of motion blur...
Ok...I'm spent...and tired of feeling like one of them debunkers...eww...I feel dirty for even feeling like one of them...
Sources and Further Reading:
Weird Object in Wichita - UFO Digest
Wichita UFO report draws wide attention - Kansas City Star