A U.S. Navy submarine hunter paid Newport a “near” visit today. It was “near” because it was on a training mission out of the navy base at Whidbey Island, WA and it didn’t actually land. It flew a landing approach and pass-over but then continued north and back home.
P-3 Orion’s are equipped with an elongated tail, packed full of special equipment that can detect the metal of submarines deep in the ocean. It’s only one of two, 50 year or older, aircraft that is still flying for the U.S. military, the other being the B-52. The P-3 Orions will soon be replaced by the new Boeing P-8A Poseiden.