Watch An Argentine P-3 Orion Aircraft Perform A Low Pass Over Ushuaia “Argentine Malvinas International Airport”

Pretty cool low pass by a Lockheed P-3 Orion.

The following video shows the P-3B Orion “6-P-53”, belonging to the Escuadra Aeronaval N° 6 – Escuadrilla Aeronaval de Exploración of the Argentine Navy, as it performs a low pass over Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas International Airport, located near the city of Ushuaia, on the island of Tierra del Fuego in the Tierra del Fuego Province of Argentina.

Interestingly, the airport, opened in 1995, was given a name that reflects Argentina’s claims of sovereignty over the Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas): Aeropuerto Internacional de Ushuaia Malvinas Argentinas that could be translated as “Ushuaia – Argentine Malvinas International Airport”.

Anyway, Argentinian pilots have a good tradition of low-level flying: they conducted ultra low altitude attacks on British warships during the Falklands War (Malvinas) and, more recently, we’ve commented daredevil flybys of Argentine Air Force IA-63 Pampa, Mirage 5P or C-130 Hercules.

Not as low as other passes we have seen, still a pretty interesting footage of a rather unusual flyby.

Although in the majority of the current scenarios combat planes can quietly operate at medium or high altitude with stand-off weapons, military pilots still train low-level high-speed flying to face enemy threats they could face during attack, special operations, reconnaissance, Search And Rescue, troops or humanitarian airdrop missions in troubled spots around the world.

H/T Emiliano Guerra for the heads up

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