US Navy P-3C Orion to increase static line up
09 September 2015
The latest addition for this year’s programme comes from the United States Navy. A P-3C Orion will join the static display line-up at this year’s Malta International Airshow.
VP-9, better known as the Golden Eagles, is a squadron of Maritime Patrol aircraft normally based at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, and will fly in on the Friday before the show to join the rest of a varied static display prepared for this year’s airshow.
The Lockheed P-3 Orion is a four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft developed for the United States Navy and introduced in the 1960s. The aircraft is easily recognizable by its distinctive tail stinger or "MAD Boom", used for the magnetic detection of submarines.
At this time the squadron detachment is based in NAS Sigonella in Sicily, for patrol in the Mediterranean and further afield.
The Malta Aviation Society is honoured to again host crews from a Hawaiian-based P-3C squadron at Malta’s airshow.
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