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One would think it unusual to see a US Navy P-3 Orion at a landlocked airport like McNary Field in Salem, Oregon. But surprisingly, I had seen this type of aircraft, used for hunting submarines, in Salem on three occasions, two of which I had my camera with me.
In my late teens and early twenties I would often stop by the airport to watch things come and go. It wasn't the most exciting airport in the world, but it did provide some entertainment value and a few decent photo opportunities.
One day in August 1980 this plane happened to arrive at the little airline terminal. The two engines on the left wing were shut down to allow one man to safely exit the plane. The other two engines were kept running. Once the man was inside the terminal the left engines were restarted and the plane quickly departed. It was pure luck that I and my camera were on the scene to record this unusual visitor's very brief stop.
Photo Copyright James B. Toy.
April 26th, 2019
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