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Expensive Blimp Gets Loose in Maryland and Causes a Stir

The blimp story is rather entertaining [1], but it was an an expensive miscue at about $182 million per blimp [2]:

The North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has scrambled two F-16 fighter jets after a high-tech military surveillance blimp broke free of its cables in Maryland and floated off, according to defense officials.

The blimp, known as a JLENS (Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System), was being tested at the Aberdeen Proving Ground when cables tethering the blimp to the ground came loose, according to NORAD.