On Oct. 3, 2019, three P-3C Orions belonging to VP-40, coming from Souda Bay, Crete, landed at Lajes Field. The aircraft were the first P-3s belonging to the “Fighting Marlins” to perform a stopover in the Azores, on their way from the type’s final deployment to Sheik Isa Air Base, in Bahrain.
August 1962-October 2019… 57 years of US Navy active duty service for the P-3 Orion.
Full article, HERE.
It’s been a helluva run. And a lot of us owe our lives to the airplane, and the maintainers that kept them flying and bringing us home time after time.