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A helium-filled airship that carries aerial radar to detect drug-smuggling and other illegal activities is tethered to a ship at a U.S. Navy dock in Key West, Florida, USA. Officially called an aerostat, the big balloon is locally known as "Fat Albert" and began operating in the area between the Florida Keys and Cuba in the 1980s. Tethered by a single cable, the unmanned blimp can be floated up to an altitude of 15,000 feet (4672 meters) and give radar coverage over 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers). It is now one of eight aerostats providing surveillance along America's southern border.

A helium-filled airship that carries aerial radar to detect drug-smuggling and other illegal activities is tethered to a ship at a U.S. Navy dock in Key West, Florida, USA. Officially called an aerostat, the big balloon is locally known as "Fat Albert" and began operating in the area between the Florida Keys and Cuba in the 1980s. Tethered by a single cable, the unmanned blimp can be floated up to an altitude of 15,000 feet (4672 meters) and give radar coverage over 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers). It is now one of eight aerostats providing surveillance along America's southern border. Stock Photo
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Contributor:

Michele and Tom Grimm / Alamy Stock Photo

Image ID:

RP75YC

File size:

30.7 MB (2.3 MB Compressed download)

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Dimensions:

4043 x 2650 px | 34.2 x 22.4 cm | 13.5 x 8.8 inches | 300dpi

Date taken:

4 September 2017

Location:

Key West, Florida Keys, Monroe County, Florida, USA

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This image could have imperfections as it’s either historical or reportage.

A helium-filled airship that carries aerial radar to detect drug-smuggling and other illegal activities is tethered to a ship at a U.S. Navy dock in Key West, Florida, USA. Officially called an aerostat, the big balloon is locally known as "Fat Albert" and began operating in the area between the Florida Keys and Cuba in the 1980s. Tethered by a single cable, the unmanned blimp can be floated up to an altitude of 15,000 feet (4672 meters) and give radar coverage over 200 nautical miles (370 kilometers). It is now one of eight aerostats providing surveillance along the Florida Straits, the southwest border of the United States and Mexico, and the Caribbean.

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