Orion, in ancient mythology, was a mighty hunter and the son of Neptune, god of the sea. Orion, in modern aviation, is a mighty submarine hunter and the offspring of the US Navy's P2V Neptune patrol bomber.
The P-3 Orion was designed for use by the US Navy as a submarine hunter and replaced the Neptune. The P-3 was nearly twice as fast as the Neptune and its range increased by almost 60% over that of the P2V. The first Orion was delivered to the US Navy Squadron VP-8 in July 1962 and within six months this unit was fully equipped with P-3's.
The P-3 was developed from the Electra turboprop powered airliner. The airliner's spacious interior offered an ideal compartment for the many radar and electronic consoles necessary for effective anti-submarine warfare. The Orion's prototype was the third Electra airframe modified to the anti-submarine configuration. The overall dimensions of the P-3 are slightly larger than the Electra airframe: Wingspan is 99' 8", Length 116' 10", and Height 33' 8".
1/115 scale, molded in white with additional markings for Project Magnet Naval Oceanographic office. Originally released as the Lockheed Electra. Skill level 2.
Miniatures are supplied unpainted and some assembly may be required.