Australia Retiring P-3s as P-8s Arrive


11/25/17: The Air Force’s first AP-3C Orion, with tail number A9-751, was transferred from operational service to the Royal Australian Air Force Museum for static display on 16 November 2017.

A9-751 conducted its maiden flight on 5 January 1978 and was subsequently delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force at United States Naval Air Station Moffet Field on 17 February 1978.

The aircraft was ferried to Australia and arrived at Royal Australian Air Force Base Edinburgh on 26 May 1978.

The AP-3C Orion aircraft will be replaced by both the P-8A Poseidon and the MQ-4C Triton.

Australian Department of Defence