Why this huge ex-military plane is coming
A P-3C Orion A9-752 military aircraft will fly into Lismore this weekend as part of a grand plan to house the old submarine hunter at the Evans Head Heritage Aviation Museum.
The plane is too big to land at Evans Head, so the museum has devised a plan to land it in Lismore, have it demilitarised and dismantled, and move the parts to Evans Head for reassembly.
The Lockheed P-3C 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 distinguishable by its distinctive tail stinger.
Aviation enthusiasts will have the opportunity to watch the 30-tonne aircraft fly into Lismore tomorrow between 12.30pm and 3.30pm.
It will then go through ‘demilitarisation’ and have the classified equipment removed before being converted into a static display.
There will be an official ceremony at Lismore Regional Airport to ‘hand over’ the Orion from the RAAF to the museum with Air Commodore John Meier, Director RAAF History and Heritage, on Sunday, December 16, at 10am.
The Orion will then be dissembled and moved to its final home at the Evans Head Heritage Aviation Museum where it will be open to the public for tours.
“It’s exciting for us here at Lismore and definitely exciting for the Evans Head Heritage Aviation Museum,” Lismore City Council’s Kevin Trustum said.
SLICE OF HISTORY: A P-3C Orion military aircraft will land in Lismore to be dismantled and taken to Evans Head.