Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Sailors mark end of era with last P-3 engine test run

September 13, 2018 – Though it may lack the pizzazz of the GTO’s 389 from The Beach Boys’ famous song, the T-56 turbo-prop engine that powered the venerable P-3 Orion for decades was a stalwart of the U.S. Navy for more than half a century. As the P-3 gives way to the new P-8A Poseidon, Fleet Readiness Center Southeast Detachment Jacksonville marked a milestone Sept. 11 as the unit tested its last T-56 engine. “With a four-engine plane, you can imagine how many engines we were running in its heyday,”…

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