Over The Bow Volume 76 Issue 1 Winter 2018 - Page 49

Can you spot it?

Note that some of the image below is from reflections in the aircraft window, which is something the observers must deal with as well.

It was a Sunday morning in June when the crew met at the White Plains, NY airport to brief the mission. It was a clear day with a light breeze. We decided to use a creeping line search pattern with half-mile spacing and three-mile legs. The search would be flown at 1,000 feet at a speed of 100–110kts. There were four trained observers on board.

After 10-15 minutes flying this pattern, one of the crew spotted the buoy. It's in

the picture below.