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NORAD Blimp comes down in Pennsylvania

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CmdsJlens1” by U.S. Army – http://www.msl.army.mil/Pages/CMDS/jlens.html. Licensed under Public Domain via Commons.

No, it wasn’t a UFO, but I’m having flashbacks to 1947 Roswell, NM, when a Project Mogul high altitude defense monitoring balloon came down and everyone thought it was a flying saucer with aliens on board.

At first no one knew where the hell the funky airborne craft came from as it drifted over farmland and neighborhoods of central Pennsylvania on Wednesday, October 28th, but at least no one thought it was a spaceship. At least none that we know of.

North American Aerospace Defense Command, NORAD, lost a JLENS blimp when it came loose from its tethered mooring at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland and drifted northward on a little ride through the skies over south central and central PA before coming to rest and slowly deflating near Moreland Township, PA.

The aerostat, which reached altitudes of 16,000 feet, was dragging along its 6,700 foot mooring cable and pulled down powerlines as it drifted over Bloomsburg, PA. Service personnel are on the case and it is estimated that the power will be returned to most by this afternoon, Oct 29.

The aerostat is part of the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS), a Pentagon project which is, as described on Wikipedia, “designed to track boats, ground vehicles, cruise missiles, manned and unmanned aircraft (Airborne early warning and control), and other threats.”

To be sure, a rogue blimp is not very mysterious unless it was hijacked by Dr. Evil and put to some use in an attempt to control the world, but it is strange, and it involves Pennsylvania, so that’s why I decided to post about it. The Twitter posts were pretty damn funny too.

As funny as this may seem though, let’s give credit where credit is due. NORAD is hardly a halfwit operation. They use amazingly high tech stuff to monitor our skies for airborne threats from outside of North America and keep us all safe! I mean, it’s been years since that kid hacked into WOPR and started a nuclear war simulation. Give these guys a break! Tethers come loose all the time!

Anyway, you can follow the story on Facebook on these hashtag threads: #noradblimp, #runawayblimp, #norad. or check out these news sources:

WNEP 16 The News Station

By the way, if you’re interested NORAD also tracks clandestine activity from the North Pole.

This is a piece on YouTube by Underground World News.