ORION
ORION

Manufacturer

LOCKHEED

Markings:

CINCNAVEUR Executive Transport Detachment Sigonella, Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, 1999

Designation:

VP-3A

Serial Number:

150511

LOCKHEED VP-3A ORION

The P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft was based loosely on the Lockheed L-188 Electra airliner. Development of the P-3 began in 1958 and the prototype first flew in 1961. Since then the Orion has served as the primary long-range patrol and anti-submarine aircraft for the U.S. Navy, as well as for nearly 20 other countries. The VP-3A designation indicates that the aircraft has been modified for use as a VIP transport. Modifications include passenger seating, a galley, restroom, and baggage compartments.

Specifications

  • Wingspan: 99 ft 8 in
  • Length: 116 ft 10 in
  • Height: 33 ft 9 in
  • Weight: 135,000 lbs (loaded)
  • Max. Speed: 476 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 28,300 ft
  • Range: 4,765 miles
  • Engines: 4 Allison T-56-A-10W @ 4,500 hp. each
  • Crew: 12 (when used as an anti-submarine)