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photo of p3 aircraft flying over I 95

Much-magnified view of P-3B flying over Maryland July 14, 2011.

It’ a small world after all. Yesterday at around 5 p.m., I tweeted out the following message for Goddard:

NASA DISCOVER-AQ will conduct air quality flights over NE Maryland Thursday 7/14, 8am-4pm EDT. #MDsmogstudy

This morning, 8:38 a.m., I was driving south on I-95, just a couple miles north of Rt. 32, and what to my wondering eyes should appear but the distinctive silhouette and quadraphonic exhaust plumes of a P-3B aircraft — the P-3B that NASA is using to sniff pollution over the region.

I grabbed my handy Canon digital Elph and snapped two photos before the craft roared overhead at low altitude, heading due north. I reckon it was 500 to 1,000 feet above the ground.

Check out the Discover AQ website for all the details on the mission.

Here is the actual “cockpit view” of what the camera saw outside my rolled-down car window:

photo of p3 craft flying over I 95
OH AND DID I MENTION? All opinions and opinionlike objects in this blog are mine alone and NOT those of NASA or Goddard Space Flight Center. And while we’re at it, links to websites posted on this blog do not imply endorsement of those websites by NASA.

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