The Navy EP-3 being held by the Chinese is consistently referred to as a "Spy" plane.
Isn't this really a "surveillance" plane? I have always thought of a true spy plane as one designed to intentionally invade hostile airspace and avoid defenses, ala the U-2 and SR-71/A-12. How could a lumbering 4-engine turboprop be considered a spy plane?
Are the RC-135s flying out of Kadena "spy" planes too?
I don't think so.