NOAA Orion based(?) PDX


#1

flightaware.com/live/flight/NOAA42

Been doing a lot of PDX-PDX patrols recently. Anyone know what it’s looking for ?


#2

Looking at it’s history, the aircraft may be based in MCF (MacDill AFB, FL).

I think it’s funny (but not funny ha-ha) that the aircraft ID translates to Norontair and the aircraft type is the Canadian version of the P3. In actuality, it’s a NOAA P3 aircraft.

A tad of research finds that NOAA 42 is a WP-3D nicknamed Kermit and based in MCF. It’s registration is N42RF.

Some links for this aircraft:
aoc.noaa.gov/article_Ocean_Winds_2007.ht
aoml.noaa.gov/hrd/Storm_page … 819I1.html


#3

The Canadian version of the P3 is called the Aurora; everywhere else it’s the Orion or more usually just P3.

EDIT: OK, belay that comment. It got changed while I was posting. :confused:


#4

Ocean Winds looks a good bet, as it states “The winter of 08 will see one of the P3s heading north again, to Alaska or perhaps to Norway, to continue this effort.”


#5

There’s about 25 different names for the aircraft code P3 so the code just picked the first one alphabetically. I changed it to something more generic and representative of the fleet.


#6

You might want to update “Norontair” too while you’re at it. They ceased operation in 1996.


#7

It’s working from PDX right now.