Navy Blimp Returns To Baltimore!

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BALTIMORE (WJZ) — It’s a familiar sight in Baltimore’s skies–the Navy blimp has returned!

Christie Ileto explains what it’s doing now and why it’s hovering over the city.

The Navy blimp was back Wednesday.

“We saw it when we were driving home,” said one resident.

It’s caught the eyes of residents and again sparked curiosity.

“We were looking for identification of the blimp. We thought it was a Goodyear blimp. I mean, who else has a blimp? Who else knows the Navy has a blimp?” said Bruce and Marcy Kramer.

The blimp first made an appearance in September to conduct aerial mapping over Baltimore. So why is it back a month later?

The U.S. Navy says the 178-foot MZ-3A airship is testing its experimental avionics systems. Researchers say those findings will be compared to data found during previous missions and could help protect deployed troops around the world in the future.

The blimp first sparked buzz on social media with residents wanting to know what it was doing. Now that it’s back, people remain intrigued. It even has its own unofficial Twitter account.

The blimp has appeared on YouTube. In one video, it’s seen landing at the Frederick Municipal Airport, where it’s stationed for the next couple of days.

“It’s nice to see something cool and different,” said one.

In the meantime, residents can take in the unusual visitor in the sky making an encore appearance over our city.

Enjoy the blimp while you can. Researchers say it will fly away Nov. 25.

After its mission, the airship is brought back to the Naval Air Station Patuxent River in St. Mary’s County.

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