AP-3C A9-752 photographed
at RAAF Edinburgh, SA on 27 October 2007. Having gone to extraordinary
lengths to deidentify a grey aeroplane in a grey environment, it then
becomes necessary to make the aeroplane identifiable to its crew. This
is achieved with a dayglo "glove" fitted over the nose landing
gear door. This glove bears the last three of the aircraft's serial
and, like other dayglo appendages, is a "Remove Before Flight"
item. It is assumed that the ground crew have fitted the correct glove!
With the AP-3C Orion presumably relinquishing any clandestine ELINT
roles to the E-7A Wedgetail which is now in service, many admirers of
Lockheed's maritime surveillance masterpiece must be hoping that the
Orions might be allowed to carry some colour in their twilight years
as they are about to be replaced by the Boeing P-8A Poseidon. (This
Webmaster editorial does not necessarily reflect the views of the photographer
although it is suspected that this view is shared by any photographer
who has attempted to capture these elegant aeroplanes in the grey years!)