"fat Albert" Usaf Key West Dirigible And Patch
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"fat Albert" Usaf Key West Dirigible And Patch:
Used to fight drug trafficking through the Florida Keys for more than 30 years, the USAF dirigible known as "Fat Albert" is shown moored in an 8 x 10" color Kodak print and a hard-to-find patch. The patch is a 3.75 x 2.5" oval of soft cloth, and the photograph is an original print, with nothing on the back.The blimp, actually a blimp-shaped Air Force surveillance balloon, had been tethered to its base on Cudjoe Key since 1980, cast a watchful eye over Cuba, the Florida Straits and the Gulf of Mexico. It succumbed to Pentagon budget cuts in 2013 and has been deflated since.