P-3 Orion

How the flawed L-188 Electra airliner originated the P-3 Orion, the most successful compromise in the history of maritime aviation

How the flawed L-188 Electra airliner originated the P-3 Orion, the most successful compromise in the history of maritime aviation

The P-3, the most successful compromise in the history of maritime aviation Designed to replace the P-2 Neptune, Lockheed's P-3… Read More

2 weeks ago

US Navy P-3 crew member recalls when a USAF C-130 Hercules provided Buddy Start to his Orion after #2 engine failed to start

The C-130 Hercules The C-130 Hercules primarily performs the tactical portion of the airlift mission. The aircraft is capable of operating from… Read More

4 months ago

The story of the US Navy P-3 pilot who was able to land his Orion with two engines out on the same wing

The P-3 Orion Far from sight of land, skimming over rough seas whose depth and darkness hide a possibly hostile… Read More

6 months ago

P-3 NFO tells the story of when his Orion had to flew a 13 hours anti-submarine patrol and shut down 2 engines because the P-3 due to relieve his aircraft had been delayed

The P-3 Orion Far from sight of land, skimming over rough seas whose depth and darkness hide a possibly hostile… Read More

7 months ago

Black Orions! The P-3 Aircraft operated by CIA for Black Flights over China and North Vietnam (one is believed to have Shot Down a MiG by means of a Sidewinder Missile)

The P-3 Orion The P-3 Orion maritime patrol aircraft was based loosely on the Lockheed L-188 Electra airliner. Development of… Read More

7 months ago

Biden Administration notifies Congress on potential sale of 38 F-16s to Argentina in a move aimed at countering the JF-17 fighter jets offered by China

The proposed arms package includes the sale of up to 38 F-16 Fighting Falcon fighter jets from Denmark and four… Read More

12 months ago

The story of the Norwegian Air Force P-3 Orion that was damaged in a collision with a Soviet Su-27 Flanker over the Barents Sea

Lt. (SG) Vasiliy Tsymbal manoeuvred Su-27 Flanker dangerously close to the P-3 Orion and the port fin struck the No.… Read More

2 years ago

Boeing debuts the first P-8A Poseidon aircraft for New Zealand featuring iconic Kiwi Roundel

“The aircraft features the iconic Kiwi roundel, a native bird to New Zealand,” Sheena Vince Cruz, Boeing P-8 Asia-Pacific region… Read More

2 years ago

Republic of Korea Navy P-3 Orion Squadron marks 40 Years of Mishap-Free Flights

Patrol Squadron 615 achieved the record having logged a total flight distance of 15.3 million kilometers, equivalent to traveling around… Read More

2 years ago

US Navy P-3 NFO tells the thrilling story of a night, anti-submarine patrol flown to track a Soviet sub transiting from Murmansk to the Mediterranean Sea

‘When we detected a Soviet submarine on the surface, we were authorized to deliberately make our presence known – we… Read More

3 years ago

The story of the US Navy F-14 Tomcat pilot that scored an AIM-7 Sparrow ‘soft kill’ on an Iranian F-4 attacking a US Navy P-3 and saved the Orion crew

F-14 Tomcat pilot Lt William 'Bear' Ferran saw his AIM-7 Sparrow drifting slightly from left to right and then, shortly… Read More

3 years ago

P-3 NFO recalls when his Orion shut down 2 engines and flew a 13 hours anti-submarine patrol because the P-3 due to relieve his aircraft had been delayed

P-3 Orion engines shut down The P-3 Orion is a four-engine turboprop, land-based, long-range, anti-submarine warfare patrol aircraft. To conserve… Read More

3 years ago

Maiden flight for Norway’s first Boeing P-8A Poseidon

The first of five Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft for Norway performed its maiden flight on Aug. 9, 2021. The first… Read More

3 years ago

Former P-3 NFO tells the story of when his Orion intercepted a Soviet Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber

‘We had been conducting operations at low level (200 - 300 feet) in the Norwegian Sea, when we received a… Read More

3 years ago