Lockheed P-3C Orion A9-760 at Butterworth circa July 1984 with 492 Squadron tail markings. Orions were repainted by 2AD at Richmond and returned to Edinburgh with only a blank white band on the tail so that the squadron emblems could be applied by 492 (Maintenance) Squadron at Edinburgh. This unique marking was applied with dayglo tape to the left hand side only. The CO at Edinburgh was reportedly displeased but there wasn't sufficient time to remove the markings before the aeroplane had to be returned to service. It is understood that the markings remained on the aeroplane for several months before they began to fade and had to be removed.
Picture: Peter Gates Collection