First Rewinged US Navy P-3

Posted 19 December 2011
Photo by Victor Pitts

Technicians at the US Navy’s Fleet Readiness Center Southeast at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, completed the installation of the first new set of wings on a Navy P-3C Orion maritime patrol aircraft in November 2011. The Navy officials noted that the new wings, manufactured at the Lockheed Martin facility in Marietta, Georgia, will add 7,500 flight hours before a structural inspection is required. This first P-3 was inducted into the modification line in January 2011. The aircraft is shown near the seawall at NAS Jacksonville on 19 December 2011 prior to a wet check on the fuel systems in the wings. The aircraft is scheduled for redelivery in early 2012.

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