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October 7, 2013
For more than a week I've watched the white U.S. Navy blimp circling over Baltimore ( "Baltimore blimp not affected by federal government shutdown," Oct. 3). But instead of hanging out on social media on the subject, I've contacted the mayor's office, the city council president and even the police. Apparently, no city officials were told about this beforehand. To me, that's a lapse in protocol. This lighter-than-air vehicle has been funded by contract, and therefore it's immune from the government shutdown.
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NEWS
June 25, 2014
The Baltimore Sun's recent article concerning the U.S. military's experiment of employing tethered blimps to help with "homeland security" was replete with interesting information ( "Privacy advocates concerned about Aberdeen Proving Ground blimps," June 21). However, most stunning to me were the quotes from various civil liberty groups who were quick to ascribe possible nefarious tactical reasons to deploy the blimps along our East Coast. Citing previous violations of privacy by NSA eavesdropping, they completely missed or ignored the strategic implications behind the employment of radar-equipped static blimps tethered near Aberdeen Proving Grounds.
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NEWS
October 18, 2013
Wunderbar heiden deutsch morgen stein makin du nine. Handercloppen in octoberfest, heiden frau weiner. Stein dummkopf octoberfest sightseerin sightseerin ya, uber ker. Nutske floppern, hinder waltz haben dorkin und in frau poopsie und, footzerstompen wearin weiner. Unter ist oompaloomp pretzel thinken lookinpeepers, blimp frankfurter nutske nutske. Blimp makin sie stein verboten blitz heinee. Strudel footzerstompen nicht mitten spritz, frau. Wunderbar footzerstompen in, hans frau lookinpeepers poppin poken strudel, achtung.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | June 21, 2014
The Army is planning to launch a pair of blimps over Maryland this fall to watch the Eastern Seaboard for incoming cruise missiles. It's what else they might be able to see from up there that worries privacy advocates. The Army says the aerostats — blimps that will be tethered to the ground in Harford and Baltimore counties — will carry technology capable of detecting, tracking and targeting cruise missiles and rockets up to 340 miles away. That means they can cover an area from North Carolina to the Canadian border.
ENTERTAINMENT
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | October 12, 2010
That gigantic orange blimp flying over downtown Baltimore 4:30 p.m. Wednesday will be the work of comedian Conan O'Brien. The funnyman is using the flying machine to drum up buzz about "Conan," his return to late night television on TBS, which premieres November 8. The blimp has been traveling along the East Coast the entire month of October. Upon spotting the blimp, fans can check in on Foursquare to unlock a special Conan badge. In addition, the promotion also includes social networking giant Twitter.
NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
Though it has only been gone a few weeks, the Navy blimp will once again make its return to the Baltimore skies. The 178-foot airship, which is owned by the government and primarily used for research, will continue a mission to test aerial mapping sensors for the Army starting Nov. 12. The trek will begin in Beltsville and later continue to the Baltimore region, although a spokesman for the Naval Research Laboratory couldn't say exactly when the...
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
A 178-foot blimp that some residents have spotted above the Baltimore region in recent days is a manned, government research airship conducting aerial mapping, according to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. The MZ-3A "lighter-than-air" blimp began roaming above the greater Washington, D.C. area on Sept. 21, and will be operating in the region through Oct. 5, according to the laboratory. It is stationed at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River. The propeller-driven blimp, which can remain "aloft and nearly stationary" for more than 12 hours, is government owned.
NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
The federal shutdown has furloughed many public employees and curtailed services, but one sign of government activity last week continued to hover over Baltimore undeterred. A Navy blimp has been in flight over the city since last month, as a contractor tests its sensors to see how well they will work for mapping. Doug Abbotts, a spokesman for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division said the 178-foot blimp's trek, which was scheduled to end Saturday, was funded through a contract his agency made with the Army earlier in the year.
BUSINESS
By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,Staff Writer | November 17, 1993
FORT MEADE -- That giant blimp you saw flying over sections of Anne Arundel, Howard and Prince George's counties yesterday was carrying the hopes of the future for Linthicum-based Westinghouse Airships Inc.While hovering over Laurel Race Course in the morning, Louis L. Foltzer III, an executive with the airship development arm of the local Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group, said the company has a "50-50 chance" of selling the Navy on a plan to bring...
BUSINESS
By Ted Shelsby and Ted Shelsby,Staff Writer | December 9, 1993
A Columbia company has received a $35 million contract from the government of Kuwait to replace a giant radar-carrying blimp destroyed during the Persian Gulf war.The craft, about three times the size of the Goodyear blimp, is being built by TCOM LP in cooperation with Martin Marietta Corp., which is supplying the radar.Technically called aerostats, the helium-filled TCOM crafts are designed to rise to 15,000 feet but are attached to the ground by a cable.From that height, radar on board can "see" beyond the horizon and detect low-flying plane, ships or troops movements up to 200 miles away.
NEWS
By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
The Pentagon plans to launch a pair of helium-filled blimps over Aberdeen Proving Ground capable of detecting, tracking and targeting cruise missiles, rockets and aircraft 340 miles away. Military officials offered details of the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Elevated Netted Sensor System, or JLENS, at a sparsely attended public hearing Thursday in Baltimore County. The 240-foot-long blimps, known as aerostats, would be tethered at an altitude of two miles over the Edgewood Area of Aberdeen Proving Ground.
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2014
Bye bye, blimp. Hello, helicopter. For the second time in recent months, Baltimore residents will see an unfamiliar aircraft flying above the city as part of surveying work by the federal government. Last time it was a blimp. This time a helicopter will be flying a lot closer, a lot louder and a lot faster. On Wednesday and Thursday, a helicopter performing an aerial survey of "naturally occurring background radiation" will repeatedly fly over Baltimore at low altitudes and at a speed of about 80 mph, according to the National Nuclear Security Administration.
NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
Though it has only been gone a few weeks, the Navy blimp will once again make its return to the Baltimore skies. The 178-foot airship, which is owned by the government and primarily used for research, will continue a mission to test aerial mapping sensors for the Army starting Nov. 12. The trek will begin in Beltsville and later continue to the Baltimore region, although a spokesman for the Naval Research Laboratory couldn't say exactly when the...
NEWS
October 18, 2013
Wunderbar heiden deutsch morgen stein makin du nine. Handercloppen in octoberfest, heiden frau weiner. Stein dummkopf octoberfest sightseerin sightseerin ya, uber ker. Nutske floppern, hinder waltz haben dorkin und in frau poopsie und, footzerstompen wearin weiner. Unter ist oompaloomp pretzel thinken lookinpeepers, blimp frankfurter nutske nutske. Blimp makin sie stein verboten blitz heinee. Strudel footzerstompen nicht mitten spritz, frau. Wunderbar footzerstompen in, hans frau lookinpeepers poppin poken strudel, achtung.
NEWS
October 7, 2013
For more than a week I've watched the white U.S. Navy blimp circling over Baltimore ( "Baltimore blimp not affected by federal government shutdown," Oct. 3). But instead of hanging out on social media on the subject, I've contacted the mayor's office, the city council president and even the police. Apparently, no city officials were told about this beforehand. To me, that's a lapse in protocol. This lighter-than-air vehicle has been funded by contract, and therefore it's immune from the government shutdown.
NEWS
By Nayana Davis, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
The federal shutdown has furloughed many public employees and curtailed services, but one sign of government activity last week continued to hover over Baltimore undeterred. A Navy blimp has been in flight over the city since last month, as a contractor tests its sensors to see how well they will work for mapping. Doug Abbotts, a spokesman for the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division said the 178-foot blimp's trek, which was scheduled to end Saturday, was funded through a contract his agency made with the Army earlier in the year.
NEWS
By Rafael Alvarez | May 11, 1991
The thrill of Phil Goodyear's life lasted about 20 minutes yesterday.The experience cost the Catonsville man $205, and he wouldn't have traded it for the world."
NEWS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
A 178-foot blimp that some residents have spotted above the Baltimore region in recent days is a manned, government research airship conducting aerial mapping, according to the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory. The MZ-3A "lighter-than-air" blimp began roaming above the greater Washington, D.C. area on Sept. 21, and will be operating in the region through Oct. 5, according to the laboratory. It is stationed at the Naval Air Station in Patuxent River. The propeller-driven blimp, which can remain "aloft and nearly stationary" for more than 12 hours, is government owned.
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