Skywatch Friday: US Navy P-3C Orion

For this Skywatch photo, we leave our usual South Fidalgo camera location.  While visiting the West Beach area in Deception Pass State Park, I grabbed this quick shot.  There wasn't even time to check the camera settings.  This is a US Navy P-3C Orion coming in for a landing at N.A.S. Whidbey Island.  Long range patrol is the aircraft's mission.  I also learned the stunning paint job is a heritage design from the 1960's.  This is part of the Navy's celebration of a century of naval aviation.

Naval aircraft are part of the wildlife around here, a feature many of us enjoy.  You can Google the tail number for more details about this particular plane.


  1. like the paint job and the photo!

  2. Very good photo.

    Regards and best wishes

  3. Yea, I recall seeing and hearing LOUD Naval aircraft in that neck of the woods when out kayaking and camping near Deception Pass and camping. quite a contrast to the surroundings.


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