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Lockheed RP-3D Orion - USA - Navy
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"Paisano Tres". VXN-8/US Naval Oceanographic Office "Project Magnet", mapping Earth's magnetic field for nav charts. Prev aided search for Titanic. Here to search for wreckage of ship SS Koombana, which sank in cyclone in 1912. Was based at Port Hedland for the search, and several promising sites were found. Converted to RP-3D on production line with sensitive magnetometers, extra navaids, extra fuel tank of 4543L in weapons bay. Del 15.11.71. Later cvtd to NP-3D with VX-30. To AMARC 29.12.03, SOC 23.1.04
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