The state-of-the-art Boeing P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, courtesy of the U.S. Navy Maritime Patrol Squadron VP-10, will be making its debut at the RNAS Yeovilton International Air Day on Saturday 7 July, 2018.
Currently on its maiden European deployment, the U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon is a cutting-edge, long-range multi-mission maritime platform. Carrying torpedoes, anti-ship missiles and depth charges, its roles include anti-surface (ASuW) and anti-submarine warfare (ASW), plus search and rescue (SAR) and, whilst in RAF service, the protection of the UK’s submarines and aircraft carriers.
Also attending from the U.S. Air Force is the huge Boeing C-17A Globemaster III strategic airlifter from Joint Base Charleston’s 315th Air Lift Wing. With its impressive combined 170,000-pound cargo capacity and short, makeshift runway use capability it can be tasked with tactical airlift, airdrops, troop transportation and medical evacuation (MEDEVAC).
Its cargo hold will be opened-up to walk-through at Air Day – a fantastic opportunity to see this very impressive strategic transport aircraft up-close.
These two US military aircraft will be joining other heavyweights in the static park, most notably the massive KDC-10 Extender from the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF).
To give an idea of the sheer size of this incredible aircraft, it can also carry 65 tons of cargo or a mixed 30 ton/165 passenger load! The KDC-10 can offload an astonishing 1,750 pounds of fuel a minute, ‘topping-up’ NATO combat aircraft to extend their operational reach.
Visitors will also be able to see the Royal Canadian Air Force’s CC-130J Hercules. An unusual UK airshow participant, it’s supporting the CF-18 Hornet Demo Team already confirmed for Air Day’s impressive flying display.