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Blue Devil: two US senators fight to keep the spy blimp project alive

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The fate of Blue Devil, a supersized blimp intended to serve as a US military intelligence tool, remains in flux as two US senators fight to keep the project moving forward.

Blue Devil
Blue Devil

The massive 370-foot long blimp known as Blue Devil was intended to be a major asset to US military intelligence when it was first dreamt up by the Pentagon 18 months ago. Now the airship — which carries enough surveillance technology to keep tabs on an entire Afghan village — is nearly ready for preliminary test flights. But the Air Force has apparently soured on the idea of putting Blue Devil in the skies, and is believed to be in the process of killing the entire project. That notion isn't sitting well with two influential US senators, who remain intent on seeing the initial plan move forward. Wired has the full tale on the limboed blimp, which also serves as a perfect illustration of the dysfunctional temperament that continues to plague Washington.