Aviation Photo #1536630 Lockheed (E)P-3B Orion - USA - Navy

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Another spooky Orion, though this may be the only time one of these appeared with its correct BuNo on the fin, as one of the VPU-1 specials was 153450 and the other one 154577. It is also the first I saw carrying full squadron markings with tail insigina like all the P-3 squadrons were using at the time. Here you can see the usual special equipment like on 153438, but further it has a specially painted white outline to the star and bar. This is probably to make it look more like a new P-3C. This outline is however painted in a style used on no new Orions, whith a step down just behind the insignia. This step was seen later on a few of the sightings of the special Orions, which probably means that they really were 153450.
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    Baldur Sveinsson
    USA - Navy
    Lockheed (E)P-3B Orion
    Lockheed P-3 Orion
    Lockheed P-3 Orion
    August 29, 1978
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