Today In Aviation History – March 22, 1979 – First Flight – Lockheed CP-140 Aurora

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March 22, 1979.  First flight of the Lockheed CP-140 Aurora.  Based on the P-3 Orion airframe, the Aurora is a maritime patrol aircraft operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force.

18 CP-140’s and 3 CP-140A Arcturus aircraft were built and with a recent announcement 14 upgraded Auroras will continue to provide long range reconnaissance for the RCAF until 2030.