ITINERANT ORIONS


RP-3A Orion 149667 El Coyote at Brisbane on 1 March 1982. This Orion was operated by VXN-8, based at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland. The aircraft was adorned with the familiar Warner Bros cartoon character Wile E. Coyote. Project Seascan was a U.S. Navy program to monitor the state of the world's oceans. The aircraft was withdrawn from service in October 1984 and subsequently scrapped at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.
RP-3A Orion 149667 El Coyote at Brisbane on 1 March 1982. This Orion was operated by VXN-8, based at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland. The aircraft was adorned with the familiar Warner Bros cartoon character Wile E. Coyote. Project Seascan was a U.S. Navy program to monitor the state of the world's oceans. The aircraft was withdrawn from service in October 1984 and subsequently scrapped at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.
RP-3D Orion 158227 of Project Magnet at Brisbane, Eagle Farm on 3 December 1975. This Orion was operated by VXN-8, based at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland. Although the aircraft carries the Warner Bros Roadrunner character, it does not yet carry the name Paisano Tres. Project Magnet was a U.S. Navy program to monitor the earth's magnetic field. This aircraft was subsequently retired to AMARG at Davis Monthan and scrapped.
RP-3D Orion 158227 of Project Magnet at the Brisbane Temporary International Terminal on 7 November 1982. This Orion was operated by VXN-8, based at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland. By this time, the aircraft carried the name Paisano Tres in addition to the Warner Bros Roadrunner character. Project Magnet was a U.S. Navy program to monitor the earth's magnetic field. This aircraft was subsequently retired to AMARG at Davis Monthan and scrapped.
VP-3A Orion 149675 at the Brisbane Temporary International Terminal on 3 May 1982. By this time, the aircraft had been converted as an "Admiral's Barge" with an unattractive "bobbed" tail. The aircraft has since been scrapped. Noteworthy in the background is the Qantas Freight Terminal still under construction. Also noteworthy in the distance is an Ansett Airlines Boeing 727-277 making a typical southbound departure off Runway 04.
The very nature of its work dictates that this WP-3D Orion N42RF (BuNo 159773) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is rarely photographed in fine, sunny weather. Photographed at the Brisbane Temporary International Terminal on 5 March 1979, the aircraft was conducting research into tropical cyclones under Project Stormfury. This aircraft is still in service with the NOAA at the time of writing.

 

 

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