Lockheed VP-3A Orion

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

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)