Aviation Photo #1098596 Lockheed P-3C Orion - USA - Navy

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This Orion called in an emergency over Tucson and was vectored into Davis-Monthan ... It appears there was a lightning strike. Most of the nose cone was ripped apart and luckily did not hit the props. Aircraft landed safely. Not a whole lot of information is known about the mission these "blank" Orions carry out. They are supposedly run by the CIA for missions most likely classified as "unknown." Not even the "NAVY" titles or bureau number is labeled on these Orions ... Crazy.
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    Tim Lachenmaier
    USA - Navy
    Lockheed P-3C Orion
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    Lockheed P-3 Orion
    Tucson - Davis-Monthan AFB (Municipal)
    August 15, 2006
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11 years ago
Amazing damage! It looked like it hit a flying Ostrich!
11 years ago
Composition and detail very good...whoever took the shot had to keep cool and not blow it, considering the unusual aircraft!
11 years ago
What a rare capture, well done indeed!
4 years ago
CIA airplane really? Take that tinfoil hat off because it's frying your brain cells. Maybe it's just a NAVAIR test platform....

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