Blimp new superhero in war on drugs |

The blimp attached to the strange looking ship at the Outer Mole Pier this week could breathe new life into the drug war that’s been battered by recent budget cuts.

And no, the giant tethered aerostat known locally as “Fat Albert” didn’t drift down to Key West from its Cudjoe Key home.

The Navy-rented high-speed, 321-foot Swift is in Key West with a crew of military contractors and sailors preparing for Friday’s test of a 76-foot tethered aerostat system developed by Raven Aerostar, the same company whose blimps keep watch over American bases in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Navy 4th Fleet spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Corey Barker.

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