U.S. Navy P-3C Orion

U.S. Navy P-3C Orion

The P-3 Orion was originally designed as a land-based, long-range, anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft and later evolved to include surveillance of the battlespace, both at sea and over land. The P-3 came into service in the 1960s and has remained the Navy’s frontline, land-based maritime patrol aircraft since its implementation. It will travel to Dayton from Patrol Squadron Thirty (VP-30) Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville, Florida.


  • The Orion can shut down one of its four engines to help conserve fuel! With one engine shut down, the Orion can have a mission lasting over ten hours!
  • The P-3 is used for a variety of missions including submarine hunting, stopping drug smuggling attempts, protecting shipping lanes and preventing pirates, and deterring illegal immigration!
  • The Orion has been in service for over 50 years and has served in conflicts such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Cold War!
  • The distinctive tail stinger or MAD (Magnetic Anomaly Detection) boom is the main purpose of the Orion. It contains a high-tech array of sensitive detection instruments.


Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin

Engines: Four Allison T-56-A-14 turboprop engines (4,600 horsepower each)

Length: 116 feet, 7 inches

Height: 33 feet, 7 inches

Wingspan: 99 feet, 6 inches

Maximum Speed: 411 knots

Ceiling: 28,300 feet

Range: 2,380 Nautical Miles

Maximum Weight: 139,760 pounds

Crew: 11: Three pilots, two naval flight officers, two flight engineers, three sensor operators, one in-flight technician

Unit Cost: $36 million

Website: https://www.navy.mil/navydata/fact_display.asp?cid=1100&tid=1400&ct=1