Rogue Blimp Tracking – Military Blimp Breaks Loose In Maryland, Now Spotted In Pennsylvania…

Heads up Pennsylvania – Apparently it’s knocking down power lines as it drags a tether behind it.

blimp 1MARYLAND – One of the two unmanned military anti-cruise missile blimps monitoring the eastern seaboard became unmoored from its Maryland station on Wednesday, scrambling two F-16s at over 16,000 feet as it floated over Pennsylvania.

According to the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the blimp, or JLENS (short for Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System), detached from its mooring station at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland approximately 70 miles from Washington, D.C.

UPDATE 3:00pm/ESTJust Spotted over Bloomsburg Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania blimp

[…]  The 243-foot long blimp is more precisely an “aerostat,” according to a fact sheet produced by defense contractor Raytheon, monitoring airspace for cruise missiles and other moving machines from up to 340 miles away. And it can stay airborne for up to 30 days at a time.

The first such blimp launched last December as part of a three-year test exercise to gauge its effectiveness over the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area. (link)


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135 Responses to Rogue Blimp Tracking – Military Blimp Breaks Loose In Maryland, Now Spotted In Pennsylvania…

  1. sundance says:

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    • jello333 says:

      They were just talking to some guy on TV, and the reporter said something like “We’ve been told that the military has the capability of remotely deflating blimps from the ground, electronically.” The guy immediately started saying “No, no, I’ve never heard of such thing,” and changed the subject. To me it sounded a LOT like the reporter had given out info that was supposed to be secret. Wouldn’t surprise me in the least. :/

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      • nyetneetot says:

        “We’ve been told that the military has the capability of remotely deflating blimps from the ground, electronically.”

        Manual blimp deflation device:

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        • Nanny G says:

          Too bad we didn’t have something equivalent to that on each of those 2300 HumVees.
          We could have waited until ISIS fighters were behind the wheels on all of them, then, wham! blown them all up!

          Liked by 1 person

          • archer52 says:

            No fun in that.

            Better to let them drive them, then fly a 20 million dollar jet over them after being launched from a 13 billion dollar carrier, and drop a fifty thousand dollar laser guided 500lb bomb on them.

            Works all the way around. Pilots get the practice. The Military/industrial complex gets great video for the next project, and the shrapnel from the bomb kills everybody within a hundred meters, who are all probably bad guys.

            The trouble is we didn’t drop enough bombs.

            But the Russians fixed that for us.


        • kallibella says:

          Nye, that would work LOLOLOL 😀

          Liked by 3 people

  2. amjean says:

    All I have to say is “incompetency”. There is no excuse
    for this.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Scott Spencer says:

    I have laughed so hard at this, I swear I think I broke a rib!!! OMG, this is like ww1 tech.. A rouge military blimp..unreal!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. sundance says:

    Amish ! Gotta be 😀

    Always with the Amish…. 😉

    Liked by 10 people

  5. rashamon says:

    F-16s scrambled to track the darn thing. This would be hysterical if it weren’t so dang dangerous.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Desert Transplant says:

    CBS news just reported that there are gases that will be dangerous to first responders or innocent people getting too close should it come down in a residential area.


  7. Ziiggii says:

    The Blimp is smart! It tweets like the Mars Rovers…

    /sarc just in case

    Liked by 10 people

  8. Ellie says:

    Reminds me of the Obama years…floating aimlessly around, no direction, malfunctioning, causing damage in its wake. This is what our military has been reduced to under Commander Pen and Phone. God, please wake me up from this unending nightmare!

    Liked by 7 people

  9. sundance says:

    Liked by 11 people

  10. Sharon says:

    Oh, the humanity.

    Liked by 5 people

  11. CoffeeBreak says:

    Feeling triggered. I was the victim of “Your Mama’s So Fat” jokes by an eight year old one time. The worst was the one about a red dress and Hey, Kool-Aid. sobs

    Liked by 3 people

  12. Ziiggii says:

    Liked by 1 person

  13. stringy theory says:

    When I saw the headline I thought this was a Chris Christie story.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. joshua says:

    The GOPe will do ANYTHING to detract from what the Congress and Obama are doing right now..

    Did Ben Carson have anything to do with this, or can it be blamed on TRUMP?

    Liked by 2 people

  15. FireAm 85 says:

    Blimp lives Matter!

    Liked by 5 people

  16. JohnP says:

    $180 million dollar blimp, excuse me aerostat. Can’t the Pentagon waste tax dollars on something a little more contemporary? Maybe a tri-wing fighter, muzzle loading infantry rifle, or some neat horse armor.

    Liked by 1 person

  17. joshua says:

    NORAD has ordered immediate launch of a squadron of F-16 fighters to Hawaii to protect Pearl Harbor in case this is actually a stealth terrorist attack, Obama has declared a red line at Philadelphia stating that if this Blimp crosses that point there will be serious consequences to follow, and Trump has explained that this is why he sold off all of his Atlantic City Casino properties at just the right time to not lose money due to Blimp Blight that Chris Christie is unable to prevent unless Obama helps out financially.

    Ford is in his Flivver, all’s well with the world. Thank you Mr. A. Huxley
    …….”… all wear green,” said a soft but very distinct voice, beginning in the middle of a sentence, “and Delta Children wear khaki. Oh no, I don’t want to play with Delta children. And Epsilons are still worse. They’re too stupid to be able to read or write. Besides they wear black, which is such a beastly colour. I’m so glad I’m a Beta.”

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  18. Danno says:

    Oh No, power out in Amish area of Lancaster, oh, wait, never mind!

    Liked by 10 people

  19. Concerned says:

    Are you telling me that the military commissioned a big blimp but there is no way to control it from the ground?


  20. joshua says:

    abc debate:
    John Harwood: Mr. Trump…today a military blimp was accidentally loosed from its tether at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland, posing danger to many civilians and creating fear and panic in the area. If you were president, how would you have prevented this blimp accident and kept American citizens safe.

    Trump: John, I would have cut the stupid blimp program from the wasteful spending and spent the money on fighter jets instead. Wouldn’t have happened while I was busy making America Great Again… Any of the other candidates would have just waited for Putin to offer to come over and shoot the damn thing down for us. (And I would have made Mexico pay for it too it happened on my watch.)…Hilliary would have blamed it on a Disney Video about Flubber….

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  21. Ziiggii says:

    Make sure to that thank Congress for allowing our grandchildren to never know the joys of getting a balloon at the zoo. They might have just wasted the last remaining helium in the United States National Helium Reserve.


  22. joshua says:

    …….computer controlled driverless autos soon to follow…..oh, yeah….not in my driveway

    Liked by 1 person

  23. Ziiggii says:

    LOLOLOL…… This is turning into a WONDERFUL distraction

    Liked by 4 people

  24. Scott Spencer says:

    You all are responsible for my now, 3 broken ribs..all from a rouge blimp..

    LOL!! I love threads like this, hehe…
    Now pay up.

    Liked by 6 people

  25. Sharon says:

    On the top of the hour news they mentioned that the chain taking the power lines down is a very long chain – a very long chain.

    For cryin’ out loud, if it’s that long (and obviously has considerable weight) seems to me that this needs to be brought down sooner rather than later.

    Imagine that chain working its way down a freeway, through a residential neighborhoods, etc. The possibility of high injury/destruction accidents resulting from vehicles that happen to be in its way is just the beginning.

    Fundamental transformation indeed. Maybe obama’s phone and pen can help.

    Liked by 3 people

  26. joshua says:

    DONALD TRUMP announces that he has just launched a 500 foot long Blimp, twice as long as the military Blimp, bearing his logo “TRUMP” making America Great Again”….is bringing it to Colorado to the RNC debate and has offered to take the ABC moderators and other GOPe political children up for Blimp Rides following the debate. Trump claims that he paid for it completely by himself except for some kickback money that CNN provided as a result of their vastly enhanced viewership from Trump being at their little debatism earlier in the month…..

    Special seating up front for John Harwood with remotely controlled seat belt release capability.

    Liked by 2 people

  27. joshua says:

    I was afraid this story was about gas GOING UP……whew…


  28. Scott Spencer says:

    In regards to the really long chain, hanging from the military blimp. Is this part of it’s weapon system? I wonder if they offer towing services..? Lol, this story just gets funnier!


  29. Ziiggii says:

    Liked by 3 people

  30. JoeS says:


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  31. wizzum says:

    Wasn’t there a Pink Floyd cover or song about some animal shaped balloons getting away and being tracked over Europe….or was that The Goodies….


  32. There’s nothing to be alarmed about, folks. This was just the DoJ’s way of “trolling” for Hillary’s lost emails…

    Liked by 3 people

  33. kallibella says:

    Tonight Trump will comment that “We don’t win at anything anymore. Even lose our blimps!” 😀

    Liked by 7 people

  34. Reminds me of a Austin Powers movie, ” Whats that, It looks like a huge…”


  35. shiloh1973 says:

    RIP sweet young blimp, you left us way too soon on your quest to return to the wild. May your soul be comforted by the fact that you were able to taste freedom before it shed it’s earthly confines.

    Liked by 2 people

  36. taqiyyologist says:

    Buzzkill Taqiyy says:

    I wonder if the various cameras and radars and such were still working as it wandered.

    Was someone at DoD using this crisis to see what they could see of the citizenry?

    Look, there can be little doubt the DoD actually wants to defend US.

    Just look at the border.

    Just look at the “refugee” Jihadi Appleseeding of every state in the Union.

    They still want to look at us, though.

    I’ll see if I’m right, I think.

    “Let it go. Watch what it sees.” — Some xir at Defense who hates us all.

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  37. Shelby says:


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  38. TheLastDemocrat says:


    So far, no one has mentioned “test run?!”


  39. Jett Black says:

    So they scrambled F16s for something maybe capable of going 50mph, if it caught a great tail wind. A cessna or helicopter, like might be used for crop dusting, with a winch and grappling hook set-up would’ve been a whole lot more economical and effective. I guess this is what FedEd and PC bs in DOD has done to our military–zero common sense, zero “adapt and overcome,” zero appropriate response. Something unplanned happens, it’s “freak out” time. Lord, please guard and guide us through these interesting times.


  40. Stinky-Inky says:

    Too bad the zeppelin wasn’t made of led.


  41. TwoLaine says:

    All I wanted to do was land on the White House lawn and you had to send F-16’s after me.
    Why do drones and gyro-copters get to have all the fun? 😦

    Liked by 2 people

  42. I guess the drone delivery system needs a little work yet.


  43. Scott Spencer says:

    So.. I hear the State Police fired over one hundred rounds at this blimp. Apparently, it’s still in a wooded area & is to be rescued by a helo group. Oh boy.. ( shoulda used a C130 gunship ) you just can’t depend on Goverment to do ANYTHING right, lol


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