Blimps are pretty cool. Just think about it, giant floating bags of air traveling on the winds or moving via churning motor. They’re great, both from a sheer fun standpoint and from a usefulness standpoint. Blimps can do a lot of things, provided they cooperate. A multi-million-dollar military blimp decided to not cooperate, escaping confinement by mysterious means. A military blimp broke a tether and drifted away from a military base, traveling from Maryland to Pennsylvania.
The blimp was anchored at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, as part of the military’s aerial defense network NORAD. The blimps act as a sort-of early warning system for missiles and unmanned aircraft and the like. Normally two of the 243-foot blimps are in the air at any time. However, this one apparently became unmoored and traveled from Maryland to Pennnsylvania, dragging a mile-long cable behind it. The cable knocked out power to some 30,000 people, with the blimp being tailed by two F-16 fighter jets and constant FAA observation.
The blimp came down in Moreland Township, Pennsylvania, a small town outside 20 miles east of Williamsport. The jets did not have to shoot down the blimp, instead it apparently came down on its own, possibly after being deflated remotely by NORAD controllers.
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