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Love Field's mystery aircraft...no reg number or decals...rumored mission is drug interdiction along the Texas/Mexico border, but who knows? I've been able to ask numerous officials at DAL about this aircraft and I get the same answer every time, "That aircraft doesn't exist". This photo says otherwise, but the government is doing a great job in suppressing info about its mission. Note the SLAR under the fuselage.
Nothing much is known about this variant. Just one Orion (#152739) has been operated under this designation. It belonged to a “secret” unit called NAWC-23. It is thought that the aircraft was utilized for special projects in which NASA and Texas Instruments have been involved. NAWC-23’s home base is Dallas Love Field. The NP-3B was fitted with a large “banana-shaped” container below its fuselage, most likely containing a Side Looking Airborne Radar (SLAR) system. NAWC-23 later received a new aircraft (P-3C-III #161410) that was modified with the equipment container from the original NP-3B.home.wxs.nl...
Originally posted by satcom
I just thought it was cool and of some interest. I have no agenda.