Inflight200 Diecast Models
|Length||17.8 cm||7.0 in||Approx|
|Wingspan||15.2 cm||6.0 in||Approx|
- Constructed with metal and plastic components
- Undercarriage fixed extended
- Display stand included.
Inflight200 IFP3SPEC003 – 1/200 Scale P-3C Orion, US Navy
Inflight200 diecast model IFP3SPEC003 replicates in 1/200 scale the Lockheed P-3C Orion, s/n 161591 of Patrol Squadron 30 (VP-30) “Pro’s Nest” in the 100th anniversary of US Naval Aviation scheme, 2011.
100th Anniversary of US Naval Aviation
As part of the 100th anniversary of US Naval Aviation celebrations in 2011 numerous aircraft were given retro style colour schemes. This aircraft wore the markings of the VP-44 PBY Catalina that spotted the Japanese fleet at Midway in June 1944.
Lockheed P-3 Orion
The Lockheed P-3 Orion is land-based, four-engine turboprop anti-surface warfare (ASUW), anti-submarine (ASW) and maritime surveillance aircraft based on the L-188 Electra airliner. It first flew on August 19, 1958, entering service in August 1962 with VP-8 and VP-44, US Navy. The airframe differs from the Lockheed L-188 Electra with the forward fuselage 2.1 m (7 feet) shorter, a bomb bay, modified nose radome, a fibreglass tail boom to house the magnetic anomaly detector and wing hardpoints. The Orion has served with numerous countries for over 50 years and manufactured in Japan under license.
The all-metal airframe is constructed mainly of aluminium alloy. The fuselage is a semi-monocoque structure with a 2.03 (6.7 ft) wide by 3.91m (12.8 ft) long bomb bay in the forward section. The rear houses 48 sonobuoy launch tubes, externally loaded, an additional four launch tubes can be loaded internally. The wings are cantilevered low mounted. The tail unit is a conventional cantilever single fin design and the undercarriage a retractable tricycle type. A US navy P-3C crew would typically consist of ten, three pilots, tactical coordinator, navigator/communications operator, two acoustic sensor suite operators, electromagnetic sensors systems operator, ordnance crew member and the flight technician.
The Orion uses four Allison T56 turboprops mounted two on each wing, driving four-bladed Hamilton Standard constant-speed propellers. Once on station, up to two engines can be shut down to conserve fuel. The Orion has a cruise speed of 610 km/h (379 mph), a service ceiling of 8,625 m (28,300 ft), an endurance of 16 hours and range of 4,400 km (2,734 mi).
Armament consists of ten underwing hard-points and eight internal stations in the bomb bay, able to carry up to 9,100 kg (20,000 lb) of payload. Ordnance includes air-to-surface missiles, cluster and general-purpose bombs, torpedoes, sea mines, active and passive sonobuoys.