Why this huge ex-mil­i­tary plane is com­ing

The Northern Star - - NEWS -

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.

Photo: Rod Kin­nish

SLICE OF HIS­TORY: A P-3C Orion mil­i­tary air­craft will land in Lis­more to be dis­man­tled and taken to Evans Head.

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