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Lockheed P-3 Orion (16-2318)


US Navy P-3C Orion (162318)), VP-46 (Patrol Squadron Four Six), NAS Whidbey Island, taxiing south on Bravo to position for a late afternoon departure on 34L. This is the first photo of 162318 to be posted into the FA photo gallery.


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Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
No unit identifiers on it, but the newest data I was able to find places it in VP-46 now. One fairly recent I-net post (in October, 2017) reported it was "enroute" to the graveyard but, as can be seen, it was still active and flying when I clicked it here last month (December, 2017).
Tom Vance
Hmmmm...P-3C with 16-2318 number going to the graveyard? P-8s phasing them all out? 5q's on that one....weird.
Tom... Joe Baugher's information on this U.S. Navy Orion and Navy BuNo 162318 shows this:

"Lockheed P-3C-220-LO Orion"

"162318 (MSN 285G-5794) modified to P-3C CDU Jan 2998, to P-3C AIP Dec 2003, to ATRTR in 2011. To P-3C AIP+ Jan 2013".

I'm sure his reference to "Jan 2998" is merely a "typo" and was intended to be "Jan 1998".
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