Wednesday, September 21, 2011


Driving north out of Key West on the Overseas highway, the blimp on Cudjoe Key can be seen for miles, especially when it is high in the sky.

The official name is Tethered Aerostat Radar System, but locally nicknamed Fat Albert.

Fat Albert is used by the U.S. government for several purposes, including radar for aircraft and boat traffic (especially for drug enforcement) and weather. The blimp is also used to broadcast "TV Marti" a U.S. television station targeted toward an audience in Cuba.

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