Aviation Photo #1787795 Lockheed P-3C Orion - Portugal - Air Force

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    Luis Rosa
    Portugal - Air Force
    Lockheed P-3C Orion
    Lockheed P-3 Orion
    Lockheed P-3 Orion
    Lockheed
    285E-5773
    14811
    Beja (BA11)
    Portugal
    July 27, 2009
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Photo Added: September 29, 2010

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Anonymous
7 years ago
What are the holes for?
Anonymous
7 years ago
Sonobuoys.
Anonymous
7 years ago
They're sonobuoy chutes. Sonobuoys are used in anti-submarine warfare. Very simply, there are two types - active buoys send out sonar pulses, which reflect off of the submarine, and the return is datalinked back to the aircraft. Passive buoys are just that - they listen for any radiated noise from the submarine contact that you are prosecuting.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Nice Angle. And to answer the above, Sonar buoys, I believe, that are dropped in flight. (Sub hunters...)
Anonymous
7 years ago
Sonar Buoys that are deployed in flight.
Anonymous
7 years ago
A very unique perspective! I love the detail in the flaps, and the reflections (none of those with JMSDF Orions). The holes are to drop sonobuoys.
Anonymous
7 years ago
This is really intersting and usual- which is why I gave it 5 stars. I've been around the block a few times and an aviation entusiast all my life but - I hvae NO idea what we are looking at here. Please explain!! Thanks.
Anonymous
7 years ago
Ya i agree what the heck are the holes for??
Anonymous
7 years ago
We're looking at a fishing vessel for subs!
Anonymous
7 years ago
Very nice! This is something I've truly never seen before, very interesting!
Anonymous
7 years ago
PS. - Each of those chutes is 5 inches (12.7cm) in diameter.

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