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Military Blimp in Florida Keys to Come Down After Three Decades

Posted: Feb. 4th, 2013  |  By Michael Pearse
In the Keys

March 15 will be a special day for the military in the Florida Keys. A blimp that has hovered over Cudjoe Key for over 33 years will finally end its long flight. The Tethered Aerostat Radar System known as “Fat Albert” is part of a program that is being cut. Citizens will wait for the blimps descent as a crowd is sure to gather.  

Officials say a military blimp that's been tethered in the Florida Keys for more than three decades is coming down for good.
An internal email by Exelis Systems Corp. - the defense contractor that operates the blimps nationally - says Air Force blimp known as "Fat Albert" that hovers over Cudjoe Key will end its 33-year flight on March 15.

  The Key West Citizen reports that the blimp - a Tethered Aerostat Radar System - is part of an Air Force program that is being cut. 


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