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.
This is ZP805 coming in to land at the airport through heavy fog. pic.twitter.com/M8PwZYUVD3
— George Allison (@geoallison) January 14, 2022
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.