Lockheed P3V-1 (P-3A) 'Orion'


  Base model:P3V
  Equivalent to: P-3A P3AP-3A
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1923-1962
  Basic role:Patrol
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  Length: 116' 10" 35.6 m
  Height:33' 8" 10.2 m
  Wingspan: 99' 8" 30.3 m
  Wingarea: 1,300.0 sq ft 120.7 sq m
  Empty Weight: 61,491 lb 27,887 kg
  Gross Weight: 135,000 lb 61,224 kg
  Max Weight: 142,000 lb 64,399 kg

  No. of Engines: 4
  Powerplant: Allison T56-A-10W
  Horsepower (each): 4500

  Range: 4,765 miles 7,673 km
  Cruise Speed: 378 mph 608 km/h 328 kt
  Max Speed: 460 mph 740 km/h 400 kt
  Climb: 1,950 ft/min 594 m/min
  Ceiling: 28,300 ft 8,625 m

Known serial numbers
28-189 / 28-193, 152140 / 152187

Examples of this type may be found at
NAS BrusnwickBrunswickMaine
NAS JacksonvilleJacksonvilleFlorida
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida

P-3A on display

National Museum of Naval Aviation


Recent comments by our visitors
 Greg Lewis
 Winchester, IL
Ye old P3. I was first introduced to them at Patuxent River Md. while assigned to Weapons Systems Test. Love at first sight! Missed the worlds record endurance flight but did work on her and knew the crew the flew her to the record book.
For those who don't know, this P3 took off from Atsugi {IIRC} Japan and flew nonstop to land at Patuxent River Md.
Buno 150512, 156512 and 156443 stick in my mind. I later worked on 156512 while we were in VP-45, and after I retired met her again while performing a tech rep job at Pt. Mugu NAS.
Many fond P3 memories remain.

Greg Lewis
USN Retired
08/20/2011 @ 11:38 [ref: 46530]
 Raymond D Santiago
 , MS
In early 1965, VP-47 transitioned from the P-5M2 to the P-3A at NAS Moffett Field, California.
Buno 152152 was their first Orion. Others were to include Buno 152166, (the 1st P-3 to have an on board APU).
07/10/2011 @ 23:38 [ref: 40117]
 Daryl Swanson
 Maquoketa, IA
I transitioned to the P3A from the SP2H in 1962 or 63. Went to Lockheed Burbank, then to Moffett Field where we taught the new a/c to pilots and crewmen. I knew from the first flight in the P3 that I was going to enjoy every minute of it. Flew in the A, B, and C models of it, and am lucky enough to still have the model that I received after my first 100 hours (which didn't take long). The basic a/c is still flying after how many years? In fact, the pictures you show here is a real memory trip. I was the IFT on 151391 from Feb 65 through Sept 67.
12/15/2008 @ 19:39 [ref: 23252]
 jim brink
 Red Bluff, CA
I started on the P3V-1 while at Service Test, MATC, Pax River in 1961. Went to numerous schools at Lockheed Burbank, took part in the BIS of the aircraft. A lot of flight hours. Took the P3 to many Naval Air Stations to show off the new plane. Far different from the old P2V Reported to VP-9, Moffett in 1964, took the first P3's to WestPac flying out of Naha AB, Okinawa. When VietNam got hot and heavy, had detachments at Sangley Pt, among other places. Lost two planes on that deployment. Many happy memories.

Jim Brink
03/02/2008 @ 19:28 [ref: 19841]


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