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December 15, 2010

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Jeff Donlan

This is like Sierra Vista, AZ, on steroids. Sierra Vista has a tethered blimp above Ft. Huachuca with border monitoring equipment. It catches in your peripheral vision the way a comet tail does, pulling your attention again and again. It feels a bit Big-Brotherly and a bit like the big billboard eye in The Great Gatsby. It becomes part of the landscape until all of sudden it seems very weird. If only they'd done that to London, though. It would have become a great challenge for German pilots to buzz successfully through the tethers. It might even have become a game, sans bombs. The very joy of it might have changed the course of human events.

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