Afghanistan

Blimpin' ain't easy

Blimpin' ain't easy

Today’s entertaining instance in which one of the two Aberdeen-based JLENS aerostats broke free of its mooring (a single mooring!) and flew to Pennsylvania, cutting power to at least one small town and causing F-16s to scramble in its wake, was kind of business as usual. 

Turns out the military’s surveillance aerostat programs lose expensive blimps all the time. In Afghanistan the Army once crashed 10 in one month—out of 100 total. 

There are only two 243-foot-long JLENS blimps so far (there are supposed to be many more, but the program is so over budget and behind schedule,...

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