hmmm its quite weird tbh i think it is most definatly for anti drugs or some kind of advanced warfare a bit like the aircraft with a big disck on top
(can never remember its name) hopefully we will see alot more of this in the press
posted on 22-1-2008
If they don't want the plane to be traced, then it might not work.
All people have to say is "hey look at that Orion without any tail marking".
Then look around to see where the plane without the marking actually is.
As someone here said: Its like driving a getaway car cross country with no
New to the not-quite-secret file is the Raytheon-Boeing
Littoral Surveillance Radar System (LSRS), a wide-aperture active electronically scanned array (AESA) surveillance radar that is now operational on
P-3 Orions flown by VP-46 out of Whidbey Island. LSRS has been used in exercises in the Pacific and operationally in Southwest Asia.
It's been mentioned in Jane's and a number of spotter sites, notably the Netherlands-based P-3 Orion Research Group which estimates that at least
five aircraft have been modified.
There is another sneaky unit for which no official name is known, which operated at least three different heavily modified Orions since at least 1978.
In official documents the Orions operated by that unit are assigned to NASC-FS, which is an abbreviation meaning: Naval Air Systems
Command-Flight Support Detachment. The unit has also been given the generic name NAWC-23, which refers to a special projects facility that
utilizes specialized Orions, which are located in Dallas, Texas.
In 2001 the name “Project Gayfeather” was associated with this unit, but no other source has confirmed this sofar.
Gayfeather is the name of a flower which has a much similar shape as some canoe shaped pods seen below the fuselage of some P-3 Orions. These pods
also are very much alike the SLAR pods seen under the E-8 J-Star of the USAF.