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The P-3 AEW is an airborne early warning derivative of the U.S. Navy's P-3 Orion long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft. The first example was a modified ex-Australian P-3B traded in to Lockheed in the early 1980s. It is in service with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP)as a drug-interdiction aircraft.

The basic airframe is adapted from the L188 Electra commercial airliner. The wings have straight leading edges, tapered tailing edges and squared...

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