Posted: Jul 26, 2010 5:31 PM by Letitia Walker
BELLE CHASSE, La. (AP) - A giant blimp that hovers above the
Gulf of Mexico in search of oil and broken boom is coming to
Government spokesman Duane DeBruyne said the blimp will be
transfered Tuesday from Gulf Shores, Ala. to the Naval Air Station
in Belle Chasse, south of New Orleans.
The 178-foot-long blimp typically hovers about 300 to 500 feet
above the water and can come to an almost complete stop.
Observers in the blimp can radio directly to boats below when
they see oil, boom or even distressed wildlife that needs
attention. It's operated by a Navy contractor and staffed by the