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  1. oldcrowcv63

    oldcrowcv63 Well-Known Member

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    check out this web site: for anyone who is interested in modern Maritime patrol aviation... as it was practiced a decade ago :?::?::?: :confused: :rolleyes:

    ORIONS forever!

    P-3 Orion Research Group

    My former VP-93 Skipper sent me the link....

    For folks in the UK or Neherlands

    check out an interesting story at:

    P-3 Orion Research Group
     
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    Love the Orion...we use P-3Ks in NZ. Thanks for posting mate!
     
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    Terrific big bird; I did a couple of Group Servicings on P-3s at Woodbourne. Great machine, massively overpowered. Faster than a Spitfire in level flight.

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    :cool: Thanks for sharing the link sir.
     
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    The kiwi birds as they looked in their sexiest scheme, the old high-vis job (plus yours truly 21 years younger....)
    Photos taken by my mate Dean Crafts, rank AC at the time (1991)

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    #6 oldcrowcv63, Apr 1, 2012
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    cool photos! Loved those big fans. That was the paint scheme in which I was introduced to the bird. Later, late 80s, transitioned to the haze gray scheme. with the squadron artistry muted or gone. I can't remember which.

    Photos: original paint scheme, interor of Selfridge ANGB museum P-3B: "the tube," low vis paint scheme and museum flight line. Squadron mates act as docents on weekends. Mt. Clemons MI, North of Detroit, is the location of Sekfridge ANGB.

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    Cool site and shots. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Excellent! A P-3 photo thread! Great shots of NZ4202 A4K, Woody, I suspect. Here's one of '02 a couple of years ago. Great pics Old Crow, that looks like a great display, or do US P-3s always have their crew's photos above their work stations?! ;)

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    NZ4201 getting a shower before the first P-3K2 upgrade.

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    Interior of '03 I think.

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    Great shots guys! Get some more of my own up here shortly.
     
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    Oh yea, and their names scrawled on the side of the fusalage! NO! Those are the unit (VP-93, Executioners) CO's. the squadron was disestablished in 1994.

    The RNZAF P-3's appear to be modified (upgraded) Bravos. I just assumed they'd be Charlies. Good photos nuuumannn. Lookin forward to seein more of yours A4K. :)
     
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    The reasons for the pictures is they need to know where to sit and the written name was confusing . What is not visible is the mirror so they can look and figure where to sit.:lol: They are navy afterall
     
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    OK Lead Foot, At least I'm not wondering what happened to my Airforce, Navy and Army. Oh wait! They are all there you just can't tell them apart anymore!. :rolleyes:


    From a former crew mate with VP-93

    Here are some images I took during the Maritime Patrol Association Symposium at NAS JAX. They rolled the first P-8A that VP-30 received. These are just some of the many images I took but it was really great to walk around an active P-3 ramp. The building, P-3C and P-8A tours and dinners were well done.

    Bob Pxxx and I took a quick trip to the Pensacola Naval Air Museum where I saw the father of all P-3's (dressed in NASA colors) and this very rare Vought P6U-1 'Pirate' which just came out of the restoration shop. I never saw a Pirate before.
     

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    Awesome photos Old Crow! That Pirate's a neat looking little bird.
     
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    Great photos Mal!

    You're right too - ours were purchased in 1966 as P-3Bs, redesignated P-3K. Not sure of the exact modifications, but the MAD booms were empty in '91 if I remember right.

    Are yas intersted in pics during servicing aswell or just upon completion?
     
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    I think anything ya got would be interesting evidently to a bunch of folks. :) I didn't realize P-3s were that poplular. :D
     
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    #17 FLYBOYJ, Apr 5, 2012
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    Just catchin up - great stuff!

    I've mentioned previously I spent 6 years with VP-65 and actually worked on the P-3 production line. I also spent 5 years in Canada as a QA Rep as almost half of the later model P-3C airframe components were built in Canada.
     

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    Great pics there Flyboy, when I did my apprenticeship I worked on overhauling those ESUs, C-130's as well, they were full of corrosion! Old Crow, I really like that WW2 blue colour scheme.

    Here's a couple of an Armada de Chile P-3 that we overhauled, before and after.

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    A couple of pic scans of NZ4201 in 5 Sqn anniversary colours. The six seagulls represent the number of aircraft in the fleet!

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    NZ4201 the morning after her repaint after a group servicing a year later. I've posted this pic before, but I like it, so I'm posting it again. :)

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    awesome photos! FJ and nuuumannn. I wish I knew what that blue paint scheme was about. It startled me.
     
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