What kind of plane is this?


#1

This plane flies around my house all the time. It is/was a military plane because it still has that star on the wing. Just want to know if anyone knows what it is. View it in full for a bigger picture.

flightaware.com/photos/view/8675 … ate/page/1


#2

PC-3 Orion

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PC-3_Orion


#3

Thank you so much! Can a normal person own one of these or is the Navy flying around Dallas?


#4

The P-3 Orion is an Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW) plane. It was in service back in the Vietnam era, and continued for years. I have not kept up at all, but I really doubt it is still in significant service. I invite corrections and collaborations, as I definitely am long in the tooth about this old bird. It could be there is a Navy Reserve group still flying them.
Hope they are based at Houston or Corpus, and just fly into Dallas occasionally - or, their gyro compass severely needs caging and resetting!!
However, they must be doing a great job… No news of enemy subs terrorizing the Gulf Coastal waterways. Hummmm… Could it be that P-3’s are now on drug interdiction missions now? Lots of loiter time in this old bird - could be good for something! :laughing: :wink:


#5

I read somewhere that they used them for border patrol now too. Dallas, however, is a good 500 miles aways. If they are chasing immigrants that far then I would think they would just give up.


#6

Believe the P-3’s are based at JRB Fort Worth


#7

They also use to fly them out of Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, 10 years ago…


#8

Theyre still at Whidbey island. They come down to eugene All the Time (about three times a week) to do pattern work and CAT 3 ILS. Last week i saw three seperate p-3s doing approches and pattern work at the same time. They are still very active military birds. just like the B-52 there is no set date to retire them.


#9

P2 and P3 are popular as slurry bombers for fighting wildfires.
aerounion.com/

The photo you posted clearly isn’t a slurry bomber though.


#10

NOAA still uses them for research…

aoc.noaa.gov/aircraft_lockheed.htm


#11

Can a normal person own one of these?

You can always buy a Lockheed Electra . . .

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lockheed_P-3_Orion

Currently 18 Electra’s on the USA register and 18 in Canada.


#12

Interesting it’s showing 18? I didn’t realize there were that many civil Electra’s still flying. In my opinion the Electra was by far the best looking airliner of it’s day.


#13

“On the register” and “still flying” are two different things. No Electras (outside of P-3’s) on the USA registry are flying. In Canada, there are a few operating as fire fighters. Atlantic Airlines in the UK operates a few in cargo configuration.


#14

Doesn’t appear to be any USA Electra’s flying. A few stored or museums.

In Canada on Buffalo buffaloairways.com/ us them for freight.

Buffalo has 3, Conair 2, and Air Spray 13, last 18 in the world flying.

34 listed in various stages of ‘stored’ or on display - worldwide.


#15

According to airlinerslist.net, this is the current status of the Electra:

Currently operated:
9 Air Spray
3 Atlantic Cargo
3 Buffalo Airways

56 written off
64 scrapped
32 stored

That’s out of a total 170 Electra’s built


#16

Sorry for the late reply - I have a family member that works on them (P-3’s) at NAS Jacksonville. I thought most of them were based down there - we get a good many of the Jax P-3’s in and out of Charleston pretty often.


#17

P-3s in its various forms are still very active and flying. AFAIK there are 0 civilian P-3s flying, I believe even the fire bombers are Government owned. Many countries fly and operate P-3s.

We are building the P-8 based off of the 737 that will eventually replace the P3. But I bet in reserves and else where the P3 will still be flying for a couple more decades.

If I had the Moola I would love to have a “Airshow” P3 the bop around in.

Rick Scott

4500 hour former P-3 Aircrew (both EW Operator and Flight Engineer)


#18

Then you’ll like this site;

p3orion.nl/operators.html

and the P-8 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boeing_P-8_Poseidon