The number of mystery Boeing P-8A Poseidons has increased to three. In the first week of July 2021, our friend Keith Snyder photographed three P-8As equipped with the extra antennas on the lower fuselage.
All three Poseidons are most probably operated by the Special Projects Unit (VPU) 2 Wizards which is based at NAS Jacksonville (FL). The three aircraft, all carrying fake Bureau Numbers (BuNo), were photographed during take-off from NAS Jacksonville (FL) on 8 July 2021.
In April 2021, Scramble Magazine reported on the existence of a sneaky P-8A with fake BuNo "169564", which in reality is BuNo 168854.
The other two P-8A carry BuNo "169012" and BuNo "169323". The second BuNo belongs to a Grumman E-2D Hawkeye which was delivered under Foreign Military Sale to Japan. On 1 April 2020, the special projects patrol squadron, VPU-2, was moved from MCAS Kaneohe Bay (HI) to NAS Jacksonville (FL) and the unit was earmarked to transition from the modified P-3C Orion to the P-8A.
On the photos you can clearly see the extra set of antennas. For comparison, we also show you a photo of a normal Poseidon photographed at RAF Lossiemouth (UK) in August 2018.