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Blimp stops training at Blanding

Pictured is the Direct TV Blimp, at the Keystone Airpark on Feb. 8.  Photo: Hildebran.

Pictured is the Direct TV Blimp, at the Keystone Airpark on Feb. 8. Photo: Hildebran.


KEYSTONE HEIGHTS —  Camp Blanding personnel briefly halted live fire training at Camp Blanding on Jan. 29 after a blimp landing at the Keystone Airpark was spotted by military personnel.

Capt. Robert Cater told the Keystone Airpark board that the airship likely was never directly overhead the live fire training, as personnel on the range first told him.  He added that personnel who stopped the training overreacted when they saw the blimp in the area.

“They shut down for a blimp way downrange to make sure they were doing the right thing,” he said.

The Direct TV Blimp left Tennessee on Jan. 25 for warmer weather in Florida.  It has been flying between Tampa and North Florida since then.

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