RAAF Centenary of Military Aviation 2014 Airshow

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Jabs767
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Re: Take A Close Look At The P3C
In reply to Lucky Sky, 7 months ago

Lucky Sky wrote:

Judging by your screen name, I think it's safe to say we both fly with former P-3 guys/gals. Most of the more experienced P-3 aircraft commanders tell me that over time, they just refused to shut down two motors when on patrol.

Real nice series you did there.

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Lucky Sky
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Lucky, I've had a fly of a P3 once on an Indian Ocean patrol chasing some funny grey boats and aircraft from an opposition's operation (nudge, nudge, wink, wink ;-)) and it is very heavy to pole around as at the time I was flying the Mirage III but had previously flown the 'Pommy' HS748 with mechanical controls and the P3 didn't feel any lighter even with hydraulics.

It's a great old airframe and has served admirably for a long time and is still unbelievable that it can exceed its Vne even on two engines at sea level and that's over 40 its faster than my 767!!! 

Here's a shot with the #4 shutdown and the weapons bay open.

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