On Tue, 3 Apr 2001, Damien Morton wrote:
> EP-3 or 'Iron Clad'?
Local (Seattle) news reports indicate that the aircrew came from Whidbey
(VQ-1), which would indicate an EP-3.
> While referred to as an EP-3, initial reports concerning this incident do
> not specifically identify the type of US aircraft involved.
> EP-3E Aries II
> The US Navy's EP-3E Aries II aircraft is a long-rang, tactical and
> strategic, SIGINT platform based on the P-3C Orion maritime reconnaissance
> airframe. Normally flown by a crew of 20, the type is in service with Fleet
> Electronic Reconnaissance Squadrons VQ-1 and VQ-2 that are home-based at
> Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington State, and Naval Station Rota,
> Spain, respectively. If the aircraft involved in the described incident is
> an EP-3E, it is most likely to belong to VQ-1 and to have originated from
> the squadron's detachment at Misawa Air Base, Japan.
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