Military blimp breaks from tether, floats free over Pennsylvania
Posted: 2:06 pm Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS) personnel oversee the inflation of an aerostat at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., Dec. 15, 2014. JLENSprovides national command authorities with increased situational awareness and early warning detection against possible threats. (U.S. Army Photo by Sgt. Ronald Sellinger /Released)
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ABERDEEN, Md. – A military blimp that has been tracking airspace on the East Coast has broken free of its tether and is floating freely over Pennsylvania, The Baltimore Sun reported.
Two fighter jets are monitoring the Joint LandAttack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated NettedSensor System blimp (JLENS), NORAD said, and the military is working closely with the FAA to keep air traffic safe.
The blimp is connected to 6,700 feet of cable, The Sun reported.
The FAA is referring all inquiries to NORAD, but confirmed to WPVI that it is searching for the unmanned helium-filled balloon.