The Lockheed flight
line at Burbank showing RAAF P-3Bs A9-292 to A9-295 (right to left).
It is likely that the aircraft at extreme left is the ill-fated A9-296.
This photograph accompanied a Lockheed press release which was embargoed
until 18 April 1968 (exactly one week after A9-296 crashed) but clearly
the photo was taken much earlier. A9-292 was delivered from Burbank
to Moffett Field on 23 January 1968 so its presence in the photo suggests
that it was taken in the interval between 23 January and 10 January
when A9-291 was delivered to Moffett Field. Curiously, the fin and rudder
of A9-294 and A9-295 have been "cropped" in this photo which
also appears in printed sources complete with the same anomaly. The
Constellation in the background has been identified by Constellation
specialist Peter Marson as L-749 N107A (msn 2524) which was last operated
by Admiral Airways but was broken up at Burbank in 1969. The DC-7 is
believed to be N6318C (msn 44282) of Vance International Airways. This
aircraft later served with Butler Aircraft Services as Tanker 67 until
broken up at Redmond, Oregon in May 2007.