Yet another federal spy plane arrives at PDX

An alert reader reports that this one just flew in all the way from West Virginia.

It's a Lockheed P3B owned by the border patrol, according to the flight tracking apps. The Lockheed P-3 Orion is a spy plane:
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. Lockheed based it on the L-188 Electra commercial airliner. The aircraft is easily distinguished from the Electra by its distinctive tail stinger or "MAD Boom", used for the magnetic detection of submarines.
Over the years, the aircraft has seen numerous design developments, most notably in its electronics packages. Numerous navies and air forces around the world continue to use the P-3 Orion, primarily for maritime patrol, reconnaissance, anti-surface warfare and anti-submarine warfare.
The Covid Era Rose Festival Air Show continues.


  1. "Johnson, get in here. I've got a secret mission for you."
    "Let me guess: You want me to fly a B-1 bomber to the South China Sea."
    "Not exactly. They're running low on teargas in Portland. It's important."
    "What jet should I take?"
    "Who said anything about a jet? It's not that important. Just swing by the supply depot, and get a few crates of teargas. You can take the propeller plane."
    "Ahh, but sir..."
    "That's an order, damn it."
    "Yes, sir."

  2. “But Colonel Cathcart.....”

    “Yossarian, a mission is a mission.”


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