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 U.S. Navy began replacing the Orion with the Boeing P-8 Poseidon in 2012.
The VP-3A designation indicates that the aircraft has been modified for use as a VIP transport. Modifications require the removal of all anti-submarine and patrol equipment including the removal of the Magnetic Anomaly Detector boom at the tail of the aircraft and includes passenger seating, a galley, restroom, and baggage compartments.
|Wingspan||99 ft 8 in.||
|Length||116 ft 10 in.||
|Height||33 ft 9 in.||
|Weight||135,000 lbs (loaded)||
|Max. Speed||473 MPH||
|Service Ceiling||28,300 ft||
|Engines||Four Allison T-56-A-14 turboprops with 4,600 horsepower each||
CINCNAVEUR Executive Transport Detachment Sigonella, Naval Air Station Sigonella, Sicily, 1999