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1hen2ducks 05-22-2011 03:08 AM

Any idea what this really is
 
I do not believe that, as the sign says, this is only used for tethered weather research.

http://i.imgur.com/XAr4el.jpg

Ask me sometime about how I went right in through the open gate and what a ruckus that caused. Dang !
Then let's talk about brandishing firearms ! ? .

Aqua Puttana 05-22-2011 03:55 AM

Re: Any idea what this really is
 
There's a similar aircraft down in the Florida Keys. I was told it is used to watch for things like drug traffic. Could be for weather I suppose? vic

bc339 05-22-2011 04:23 AM

Re: Any idea what this really is
 
They're called Aerostats. The large fairing or canoe mounted on the bottom is for the Radar system. They have many uses - mostly surveillance - boats, aircraft, missiles, Sprinters...
Did you get to kiss the concrete after your entrance?

Bruce

gregowski 05-22-2011 04:47 AM

Re: Any idea what this really is
 
This is probably one of the TARS aerostats. See this link: http://www.defenseindustrydaily.com/...Borders-04973/

Technically NOAA fields these and gathers the data (which does include weather data), but the data is used by many federal agencies.

boxcar 05-22-2011 12:56 PM

Re: Any idea what this really is
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by 1hen2ducks (Post 137678)

Ask me sometime about how I went right in through the open gate and what a ruckus that caused. Dang !
Then let's talk about brandishing firearms ! ?


.....Though open gates appear inviting, approaching any completely unmarked craft without first clearing such is highly inadvisable, as you've discovered.
.....Said advice unheeded, a Kevlar vest may help.



.....Yea, verily: surveillance. 24/7

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glasseye 05-22-2011 03:02 PM

Re: Any idea what this really is
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by boxcar (Post 137713)
.....Though open gates appear inviting, approaching any completely unmarked craft without first clearing such is highly inadvisable, as you've discovered.


Keep the fear alive, eh?

What happened to our "freedoms"?

It has no apparent motive power, so it's not mobile. The huge tail confirms that it's designed for tethered use. That and the huge ventral bulge points to surveillance as its prime use. Weather? I doubt it. You're not going to learn much about the weather by looking down and the tether would limit its altitude. Weather balloons work the troposphere and higher.

ircsmith 05-23-2011 08:52 PM

Re: Any idea what this really is
 
going where no sprinter has gone before eh?

dont get shot dude.

aeroshots 05-24-2011 01:27 AM

Re: Any idea what this really is
 
Just curious. Were there any signs stating "no photography, punishable under federal law"?

1hen2ducks 05-24-2011 03:48 AM

Re: Any idea what this really is
 
They didn't seem to mind photography but they did mind me driving right in to pose Sallie next to the big balloon.

I guess I should say that the gate was, in fact, broken and stuck in the full open position.
Oh, and there were a few discouraging signs too, but I didn't have time to fuss with that.:idunno:

And so, a fun time was had by all.


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