Earned their rest? They are machines. If they have residual
value to our friends in Sg, better that they be used to tie
up and observe Chinese while we sneak in unnoticed.
Get those planes reworked and sold!
The P-3 may be a machine, but it is a highly developed machine that is regularly subjected to physical stresses of nature that ultimately has deleterious effects on the metal structure and skin of the aircraft. In addition, let’s recall the history of the P-3 - it is the military version of the Lockheed Electra which, in the late 50s and early 60s, became notorious for pulling their wings off (while in flight) because the wing root was underdesigned for the engines.
The P-3 and the C-130 are the same vintage aircraft and share many design similarities. As I said, I dearly love this aircraft, but it is pretty old. Would you want to put a Model-T on the road and expect it to perform at today’s levels.
It’s an old aircraft and it should be retired before its age causes more deaths.