Navy P-3 Orion...

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  1. Menehune

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    I guess there is an enemy sub in the local river...

    Seen three seperate aircraft in the last two days flying around here. Haven't seen one of these in years, not since Hawaii, where there were some stationed. To see one here in central Georgia is a bit unusual.

    This one was nice enough to dip his wings for me!

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    I'm guessing they are here for some system work, as I know they have been seeing some use in the middle east over land.
     
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    A squadron was based at NAS Jacksonville many moons ago (1970-74). They were grey/white back then - wings were not clipped. BEWARE - PROPELLER. hahahaha. I could walk within yards of parked aircraft with only a chain link fence separating us.

    A high school buddy went into the navy and flew countless hours hunting Soviet subs in P3's. Where-ever you are,"Evil Clay", I wish you well.
     

  3. Menehune

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    I've always thought it was a neat aircraft. Kind of a Cold War relic that is still serving!

    Saw one years ago from Barbers Point NAS. about 400 miles west of Oahu, and here come this P-3, less than a 100' off the water. Past by us about 2000' away, just skimming along a flat sea.
     
  4. Deanster

    Deanster Cheese? CLM Millennium Member

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    I live just a hour or so fromr NAS Whidbey, where 4? squadrons of P-3's, and a couple more of EP-3's are based, so they are a pretty common sight.

    very cool aircraft.

    a whole bunch of EA-6B Prowlers live at Whidbey also... much louder when camping in the area!
     
  5. Jbar4Ranch

    Jbar4Ranch B-Western Hero Millennium Member

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    I was stationed at NAS Whidbey from '75-'78, trained on A6's, but ended up maintaining P3's instead. I think the squadrons were 128, 129, 131, and 132...?

    A lot of them have been converted for use as retardant bombers fighting forest fires. Here's one bombing my house in 2000. I suppose it's possible I could have worked on this same bird a quarter century before.
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    Robins AFB is here and is home to JSTARS, another airborne surveilance platform. I figure they are here cross training or some systems work since they are also flying in the mid east right now doing over land operations.

    Jbar, awesome shot!
     
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    My Squadron had EP-3Es and EA-3Bs. I enjoyed working on Aircraft.
     
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    I see them once in a while around here. Cool planes. There aren't many planes I haven't seen, F22 is about the only one. We've had the Osprey here even. I live near MacGuire AFB and Lakehurst NAS.
     
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    Before I cross rated to MA i was an aviation structure and hydraulic mechanic (AMS) now shortened to AM I was attached to VX-1 in Patxent River MD We had P3's, S3's(vikings) and H60's(seahawks) we were a test and evaluation squadron I have alot of time flying aircrew in a P3 even more in the H60 and a little but not much in the S3 (they didn't see much flight time) we only had a couple pilots for the war whooper
     
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    You either don't pay attention or haven't lived in Central GA very long. The P-3s are here at Robins every week.

    And you should notice some F-15s flying around too. They test them here and go Mach about 3 times a week. Sonic booms are pretty cool.
     
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    :thumbsup: AE3 with VQ-2 Rota Spain here.
     
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    Cool airplanes. They were pretty common off the west and north coasts of St. Croix flying training missions out of Roosevelt Roads in PR. You never knew when you would end up in a flock of sono buoys or have one zoom over just above the deck.
     
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    Ummm...

    I have lived here since '95. And the F-15, yeah, I know them well too.
     
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    I've seen them here in Kansas. But I guess we have several subs in the Arkansas River!! :rofl:
     
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    Ahhhhh....Rosy Roads...fun times! :)

    We see P3s off the NC and VA coast quite often. Then, between all the mil bases in NC and VA, not many planes we don't see.
     
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    Neat airplane - four 4,600 HP direct reading Allisons, 405 knot Vne and a 350 knot cruise - jet speed. The AC makes his power commands in horsepower to the pilot in the right seat, "Give me 4,000 horsepower." I used to mock them when on board by repeating "Give be turns for 20 knots!", but I secretly admired the airplane.
     
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    Another reason you may see them is that, if I am not mistaken, they were all BUILT in Georgia.

    Built at the Lockheed plant in Marietta, Georgia just outside of Atlanta.

    Also known as "Dobbins Air Reserve Base" and "Naval Air Station Atlanta". It's all the same complex.

    They may be on their way back "home" for work of one kind or another.

    That is also where all the C-130's were, and still are, built, as well as all C-141's (now all retired) and C-5's.

    Also where F-22's are currently being built.
     
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    Those airplanes are how old?:wow:

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

    I see Boeing is building 737 replacements for them here in Renton WA. Probably not fast enough because I see those P3s flying around this area all the time.
     
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    flatag Must have tacos

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    All of the east coast P-3's are now stationed at NAS Jacksonville. They will soon be replaced by the P-8 which is based on the 737.