US Navy Deploys Sophisticated Search Aircraft To Assist in Locating Missing Airliner

 US Navy’s Most Sophisticated Long Range Patrol Plane P-8A Poseidon Deployed in search for missing airliner

These aircraft only became operational in mid-2012




PATUXENT RIVER, Md. (1.27.12)  P-8A Poseidon assigned to the Bureau of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 20 flies over the Chesapeake Bay. VX-20 is part of Naval Test Wing Atlantic. (USN photo by Greg L. Davis)




JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (8.31.12) P-8A Poseidon sits on the flight line at Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The Navy\’s replacement platform for the P-3C, the P-8A Poseidon, is designed to secure the Navy\’s future in long-range maritime patrol capability, while transforming how the Navy\’s maritime patrol and reconnaissance force will man, train, operate and deploy. (Official USN photo by MC Spec 2nd Class Salt Cebe)



AYASE, Japan (9.22.12)  P-8A Poseidon takes off from the flight line at Naval Air Facility Atsugi.  (US Navy photo by MC Specialist 2nd Class Justin Smelley)


AYASE, Japan (12.1.13) Patrol Squadron (VP) 16\’s P-8A Poseidon No. 429 and No. 435 aircraft refuel at Naval Air Facility Atsugi. The squadron\’s landing at NAF Atsugi is part of the Poseidon\’s inaugural operational deployment. (USN photo by MC Spec2nd Class Kegan E. Kay)





AYASE, Japan (9.22.12) P-8A Poseidon takes off from Naval Air Facility Atsugi. (USN photo by MC Spec 2nd Class Justin Smelley)


It even comes in green!

OK, this is a Boeing test prototype and the photo courtesy of Boeing via USN

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