Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a balloon…The U.S. Navy MZ-3A Airship arrives at Lakefront Airport in New Orleans, (July 8), en route to Mobile, Alabama where it will be based to conduct oil surveillance duty in the Gulf of Mexico. The airship was requested by the U.S. Coast Guard to support Deepwater Horizon Response operations. The A-1-70 series blimp will be used to detect oil, direct skimming vessels, and look for wildlife that may be threatened by oil.
Find more spill-related photos here – or checkout deepwaterhorizonresponse.com for official updates on the spill.