The Japanese Navy is sending two Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft to the UK for participation in the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) next week. It marks the international airshow debut for the type, that first flew on 28 September 2007.
RIAT announced the Japanese participation on Tuesday 7 July, saying one P-1 will be a static display, with the second one in the flying display. Last year, the Japanese Air Force sent a Boeing KC-767 tanker aircraft to the airshow at Fairford.
In the recent past, the P-1 was mentioned more then once as a contender for a future maritime patrol aircraft for the UK. The decision to dispose of the Nimrod patrol aircraft in 2011 sparked a lot of criticism. Another very likely contender is the Boeing P-8A Poseidon.
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Featured image: Sometimes we receive some great images from our readers. Robert van Zon from the Netherlands sent us two, of the prototype of the Japanese Marine Self-Defence Force Kawasaki P-1 maritime patrol aircraft no. 5501. Taken at Atsugi in October 2010. (Image © Robert van Zon)