Prints of the Lockheed Martin P-3 Orion and EP-3E Aries II Aircraft
In mid-1957, the US Navy sought a replacement for the P-2V Neptune and P5M Martin with advanced capabilities for use as a land-based maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare. Lockheed Martin won the competition, and in August of 1958 the prototype, based loosely on the commercial L-188 Electra made its first flight. Initial deployment of the first production version began in August 1962. Numerous improvements to the aircraft, mainly in the areas of its sensors, navigation and communications, and avionics have been made over the aircraft's 50 years of continuous service. Three models, the A, B, and C variants, have been in use by the USNavy.
The typical crew for a P-3 Orion was initially made up of 5 officers and 7 enlisted personnel, but this was cut to 11 in the early 2000s. The P-3C Orion has an internal bomb bay for torpedoes or "special" (read that "nuclear") weapons, as well as underwing pylons for carrying assorted other armament, including Harpoon, SLAM, SLEM-ER and Maverick missiles. A distinguishing feature of the P-3 Orion is the Magnetic Anomaly Detector (MAD) in its extended tail. Once the aircraft has reached its patrol area, it is common for one, and sometimes 2, engines to be shut down to conserve fuel and extend "time on station." P-3 coastal and border patrol missions can last over 10 hours, and sometimes include extra crew.
The US Navy currently (check us on this!!!) maintains 12 acitive duty squadrons, one training squadron, 2 reserve patrol squadrons, 1 special projects squadron, and 2 active duty T & E squadrons. There is also 1 fleet reconnaissance squadron (VQ-1) operating the EP-3E Aries SIGINT variant. The remaining P-3C Orion aircraft will eventually be replaced by the P-8A Poseidon.
P-3 Orion Profile Drawing Prints by George Bieda
One of our most popular items! These drawings are produced to be as historically accurate as possible, based on currently available references. You can order a profile from any squadron, from any time frame. Here are a number of examples of drawings we've done for previous customers -
Shown here in her typical anti-submarine warfare (ASW) configuration, the P-3C Orion is a peerless airborne hunter. This particular P-3C Orion hails from Patrol Pquadron 5 , "The Mad Foxes" (VP-5) The versatile P-3 airframe has many variations, and George has captured them all in his artwork.
Shown here in her EP-3E Aries II configuration, the Orion becomes the ears of the US Fleet, and a feared electronic warfare (EW) bird. This particular Aries II hails from fleet air reconnaissance squadron VQ-1, "The World Watchers."
Here is the P-3 in yet another configuration--this time as an Airborne Early Warning (AEW) platform operated by the US Customs Service. Similar to the US Air Force AWACS or the Navy's carrier-based E-2C Hawkeye, this P-3B extends the radar horizon by thousands of miles, helping US forces see the bad guys coming.
With it's varied missions and multiple configurations, it's obvious that the P-3 Orion is an amazingly flexible platform. Click on any of the three thumbnails for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here. Most squadrons are available via the pull-down menu under "Squadron/Configuration." Be sure to select a configuration and print options when ordering!
Select your squadron (if we've inadvertently missed your squadron, please let us know!!!), aircraft variant (model), and time frame in the order form below. We can also add up to 3 lines of personalization (25 characters max per line) at no additional cost. Add it in below exactly as you'd like to see it on your drawing. We suggest you use your name, rank/rate, call-sign, nickname, duty station, and years served with the squadron. Use 1, 2, or all 3 lines. The choice is yours. If you should have any special requests, put a note in the "Comments" section on page 3 of the Order Form. Of course, if you have any questions, don't hesitate to email (email@example.com) or phone us (609--264-5256) to get answers!
P-3 Orion Prints by Michael (Mickey) Harris
"You Can Run..."
A peerless airborne hunter, the P-3 Orion has earned itís reputation as the ultimate sub finder through its proven electronic ďears,Ē and the skills of her crew. The P-3 Orion has tirelessly performed itís service as a sub hunter and maritime surveillance platform for over 35 years.
"You Can Run..." is limited to an edition of 500, and is carefully reproduced on 100 lb. Archival Stock, each print is individually signed and inspected by the artist, Michael Harris, for color consistency and accuracy. Click on the thumbnail for a larger view, then click the BACK button on your browser to return here. Click Here to get a detailed view of Mickey's work. There is also an unsigned print available separately or framed--please be sure to select a print type when ordering!
"...But You Can't Hide"
"...But You Can't Hide" by Michael Harris is the sequel to You Can Run...
Like its predecessor, this edition is limited to 500 prints, and is carefully reproduced on 100 lb. Archival Stock. Each print is individually signed and inspected by the artist for color consistency and accuracy. Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here. Click Here for a detail shot Michael's work. The watermark in the bottom left is for copyright purposes only, and doesn't appear on the actual print.
"P-3 Orion" by Jim Stovall
"P-3 Orion (In Flight)" by Jim Stovall
Jim Stovall's sketch catches this P-3C Orion as she banks into a port turn. Click on the thumbnail image for a larger view, then click your browser's BACK button to return here. The word "sample" does not appear on the actual print, and is for copyright purposes only.
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