A P-8 Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft has been conducting routine training in and around Glasgow International Airport.

The aircraft appears to undertaking ‘touch and go’ training.

A ‘touch and go’ landing involves landing on a runway and taking off again without coming to a full stop, with the pilot then usually circling the airport in a ‘circuit’ pattern to repeat the manoeuvre.

Doing so allows for many landings to be practised in a short time period.

What does P-8 do?

According to the Royal Air Force website, Boeing’s Poseidon MRA1 (P-8A) is a multi-role maritime patrol aircraft, equipped with sensors and weapons systems for anti-submarine warfare, as well as surveillance and search and rescue missions.

“The Poseidon’s comprehensive mission system features an APY-10 radar with modes for high-resolution mapping, an acoustic sensor system, including passive and multi-static sonobuoys, electro-optical/IR turret and electronic support measures (ESM). This equipment delivers comprehensive search and tracking capability, while the aircraft’s weapons system includes torpedoes for engaging sub-surface targets.”

The UK has nine of these aircraft.

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DRS
DRS
5 days ago

Do they do touch and go in Iceland or further north Svarbald? Svarbald is about 2,400km from Lossie so just slightly over combat range so would reduce time on station, but comfortable as a flight there and back.

FenTiger
FenTiger
5 days ago
Reply to  DRS

Old fashioned “Circuits and Bumps”, (nothing to see here), ex 737s’.

Andrew
Andrew
5 days ago

So a Boeing 737-800 is doing touch and go landings at Glasgow Airport?

Monkey spanker
Monkey spanker
5 days ago

Glasgow airport must be quiet. Would of thought prestwick would of been preferred

Bill
Bill
4 days ago

So the final Poseidon has been delivered. Seems hard to believe that Cameron binned the Nimrod nearly 12 years ago!

Johan
Johan
1 minute ago
Reply to  Bill

Truth be told “if ever” MRA4 didn’t work, and was over budget and over time. BAEs tried to force the Uk Govs to fund more money. for development of the onboard systems. UKGovs played hardball and BAEs threw their toys out the Pram and a huge pissing contest started between Uk Govs and BAEs. End Result took out. MRA4 Harrier Force Invincible Class As BAes removed the service life from the Harrier Fleet due to the Asbestos Within the airframes. Grounded the MRA4 airframes Removed service facilities on the gearboxes for the Invincible Class carriers, So hence all BAEs contracts… Read more »