By Clark Pierce
A demolition team from Ram Metals of Pensacola recently cut up a surplus P-3 Orion near NAS Jax Hangar 1000 due to the diminishing number of squadrons operating the Orion anti-submarine warfare aircraft.
On the east coast, only the reserve squadron VP-62 still flies the more-than 50 years old P-3C Orion.
On the west coast, squadrons are transitioning to the P-8A Poseidon, that will add more retired aircraft to be disposed of.
Randy Monroe and Jody Aplin of Ram Metals travel the country disposing of old and unwanted government aircraft.
"When Fleet Readiness Center Southeast (FRCSE) has removed any hazardous fluids or salvageable parts, we set up our chainsaw and forklift and begin the demolition process," said Monroe.
"It's not unusual when retirees see what we're doing that they ask for a part from an aircraft they used to fly. It's kinda touching to watch them tear up as they remember something from their personal aviation history."