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Mystery blimp over Avon Park draws curiosity
Avon Park, Florida-- An unusual sight in the sky is casting a large shadow on rural areas of Central Florida, where neighborhood residents are perplexed over a large white blimp flying high overhead. "I've lived here for a long time, and I've never seen it before now," said longtime Avon Park resident Illeana Perez.
Turns out, the blimp is actually a U.S. Navy Airship in town on a mission to train pilots. The aircraft will be used for science and experimentation by the Navy, Department of Defense and other federal agencies. Blimps were used by the Navy in World War II, but not since 1962 has the Navy trained pilots to fly the massive air ships.