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EP-3E ARIES II Photo Exterior Details:

 

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The photographs in this set were taken at NAS Widbey Island, Washington, in August 2003.  The aircraft was assigned to VQ-1, and the photographer, Bert Kinzey, thanks VQ-1 for their cooperation and assistance in making these photographs possible.

All of these photographs were taken of EP-3E, BuNo. 156507.  This is the same aircraft that was photographed for the interior detail shots found in Photo Set 1.

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From the front, about the only way to tell an EP-3E ARIES II from a standard P-3C Orion is to notice the large belly radome aft of the nose gear and the multiple blade antennas extending down from the outer wing panels.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Bert Kinzey)

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Details of the nose gear are seen here from the left.  Note also the whip and blade antennas next to the nose gear door.  A pitot probe and total temperature probe are also visible just aft of the radome.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Bert Kinzey)

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Additional details of the nose gear, antennas, probes and the large radome are visible from this angle.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Bert Kinzey)

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The right side of the nose is shown here.  Note the vanes above the radome that direct the airflow over it.  The small blade antenna on top of the cockpit is the upper TACAN antenna.  A red rectangle outlines the natural metal APU exhaust door.   (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Bert Kinzey)

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The large radome beneath the forward fuselage is seen here, and it becomes evident as to how this large addition to the underside of the aircraft would make ditching the aircraft problematic.  Note also the large black blade antenna next to the nose gear door. (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Bert Kinzey)

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The two Allison T-56-A-14 turboprop engines on the right wing are shown here.  The large fairing covering antennas and sensors on top of the fuselage is also visible in this photograph.   (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Bert Kinzey)

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The wing tips of the EP-3E ARIES II are modified to contain sensors not found on the standard P-3C.  Several long blade antenna are also mounted under the outer wing section.  Note also the extended flap in this photograph.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Bert Kinzey)

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A good look at the long canoe fairings on top of and below the fuselage is provided in this view.  The small dome faring on the underside of the fuselage is called “R2D2, because of its resemblance to the shape of that droid from the “Star Wars” movies.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Bert Kinzey)


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A general view of the right side of the tail reveals some of the antenna wires as well as the antennas of various shapes under the tail section.  The PR tail code and the black bat with the yellow lightning bolt indicate that the aircraft is assigned to VQ-1.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Bert Kinzey)


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The three large antennas under the fuselage are seen here from behind and too the right.  It should be noted that these are black on some aircraft and gray on others.  This is also true for the canoe faring on top of the fuselage.  Note how the demarcation line between the white and gray paints changes in height as it goes past the national insignia.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Bert Kinzey)


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Details on the underside of the aft fuselage are revealed here along with how the gray paint curves around beneath the white under the tail of the aircraft.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Bert Kinzey)


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The various shapes and lengths of antennas under the tail are shown here.  Modelers should note that most of the underside of the horizontal tail is painted Light Gull Gray, but that the gray does not come all the way to the root of the horizontal tail.  The designation of the aircraft, as painted on the aft fuselage, is simply EP-3.  This is one of the relatively rare instances where the entire designation of the aircraft is not lettered on the tail section.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Bert Kinzey)


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The blade antennas under the outer section of the left wing panel are shown here, however the reflection of the antennas on the glossy paint of the wing makes them look longer than they actually are.  The antennas are mounted just forward of the aileron.  (Detail & Scale copyright photo by Bert Kinzey)


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