|Lockheed P-3 Orion|
To be a crewman on one of these birds I would think that you'd need an a$$ of iron. Long hours over the ocean, searching, searching.
Just looking at the ocean for hours on end can be, shall we say, less than exciting. I've done it on my various trips across the big waters (both Atlantic and Pacific) and it is monotonous. Of course, from the altitude of a commercial airliner, everything is really, really tiny. Though I have seen the occasional wake from altitude.
The modern MPAs have come a long way from this -
Between the Wars MPA
World War II
|Kawanishi H8K "Emily"|
|Focke Wulf-200 Kondor|
|Hawker Siddeley Nimrod|
|Deutsche Marine Breguet Atlantique|
The New Kid on the Block
And a Little Something for Us "Cold Warriors"
Let's give the guys and gals who patrol the oceans (from the sky) a big round of applause!