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@ 2012-06-07 17:22:03

More than just a cargo plane. That's a P-3 Orion antisubmarine aircraft. That long boom off the rear is used to isolate a magnetic detector from the rest of the plane. As it flies over the water the "MAD Boom" detects variations in magnetic fields that indicate a sub below the water. Great catch!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/P-3_Orion