Nose art applied
to AP-3C Orion A9-661 Nicky in the MEAO in March 2008 before
the aircraft returned to Australia. The artwork, which was designed
by Avionics Fitter CPL Jarrod Rueff, is based on a blackjack theme with
the ace of spades representing an "Ace" squadron and a ten
of spades representing 10 Squadron. In blackjack this hand adds up to
21 representing the 21st rotation of Orion "Spider Operations".
The two redback spiders represent Task Group 633.2 the home of "Spider
Ops" and "Spider Maintenance" in the MEAO. Number 10
Squadron's chimera emblem is featured in red and the name Nicky
is featured on a central scroll. Similar artwork appeared on A9-656
at the same time but with the name Hollie.