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German Navy P-3C Orion

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The Lockheed P-3 Orion first flew in 1959 and is a derivative of the commercial L188 Electra that took to the air two years earlier. Upgrades have ensured that the four-turboprop maritime patrol aircraft remained a hugely capable asset. Such is the case with the P-3Cs of the German Navy. It has a force of eight, all acquired from the Royal Netherlands Navy. Service induction in Germany with Marinefliegergeschwader 3 to replace the previous fleet of Breguet Atlantics began during 2006. Since then the Marineflieger's Orion fleet has seen extensive use on multi-national operations, notably European Union-led anti-piracy taskings in the Horn of Africa. New mission equipment is being added under the latest update effort, which should see the P-3C remain in German Navy service until 2035.

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“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Former Formula 1 Racing Driver

“Probably the most complete air show I’ve ever been to!”

Al Worden, Apollo 15 Astronaut

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