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P-3 Orion Aft Observer Seat

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Posted 20 November 2019 - 02:41 PM



Just acquired this P-3A Orion starboard aft observer's seat.  I haven't actually received it yet but it is paid for.  It was removed last week from a P-3A in a storage yard in Tucson, Arizona that is being used as a source of spare parts for similar aircraft employed in fire-fighting service.  I was just informed today that it has been crated up and will be shipped to me very soon.  I expect to receive it within the next week or two.


I would like to restore it for personal use as a chair for reading, watching TV, or working on my computer.  I spent twenty years as a non-acoustic sensor operator on P-3s and have many hundreds of hours as an aft observer on pilot proficiency training flights, cross countries, etc.


Can anybody recommend somebody who's a specialist in restoring aircraft seats?  I have a feeling that this thing might need a new cushion and some work done to the back and head rest.  I'd also like to have it mounted on some kind of wheeled base.  As far as I know, it was removed from the aircraft by cutting the floor around it with a skill-saw so it includes a section of plywood floor holding the two metal rails that the seat slides side-to-side on.



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