The new P-8, a linchpin of the U.S. Navy's low-profile maritime patrol force, has been pushed into the limelight from its traditional mission of submarine-hunting to join the massive search for Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370, which disappeared March 8. The Boeing 737-based P-8s operated by the Navy and India are likely conducting the deepest airborne searches into the huge swath of area suspected to contain a crash site. The P-8 is a “long-range aircraft capable of broad-area, ...

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