Lockheed VP-3A Orion

A picture of the 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)

Maximum Speed

473 MPH

Service Ceiling

28,300 ft

Range

4,765 miles

Engines

Four Allison T-56-A-14 turboprops with 4,600 horsepower each

Crew

12

Manufacturer
Lockheed

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

Serial Number
150511

Designation
VP-3A "Catbird"

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