Yanche wrote: Devil5052 wrote:
Yanche wrote:How about posting some Navy sub hunter airplanes?
Here you go...tell me all you know about it please:
P3 Orion anti-submarine warfare (ASW) patrol aircraft. Made by Lockheed. Based on the American Lockheed L-188 Electra turboprop airliner. In the mid 1970's as a civilian I was one of engineers that designed the next generation of navigation equipment for the P3. It combined the Navy Transit navigation system with Loran C. It greatly improved the existing navigation system. The prototype system was installed on a P3B at Patuxent River, Maryland and flown to Barbers Point Naval Air Station in Hawaii. I spent a month flying patrol missions looking for Russian subs in the Pacific between Hawaii and Alaska to prove the initial navigation concepts. This was long before GPS. The long stinger probe at the rear of the plane is the magnetometer. It's a highly sensitive instrument that can detect a change in magnetic field caused by a submarine close to the surface. The first time we found one I was stunned by how close we circled and tracked the sub. The props made waves in the ocean water. I had been asleep at the forward observers station, looked out and saw one inboard prop feathered. I thought we were going in. We were in a tight circle above the sub. Scared the you know what out out me.
It's the plane with the famous $800 toilet seat. I can tell you that toilet seat seldom got used. If it did get used on a particular flight it was well used. The tradition and rule by the Navy crew was that the first person to use it, cleans it. So it was avoided. But if it did get used every crew member strained to use it.
The pea funnel did get used a lot. Flights were long, 6-8 hours mostly boring flying to get on station. I learned a lot of respect for all of the flight crew, Navy mechanics that kept the planes working and the Lockheed tech reps that flew with us. Upon return to Hawaii the plane went through a giant car wash to remove the salt water sprayed on the plane by the props. Great experience for a young engineer and it couldn't have been in a better location, Hawaii! We stayed in the hotel that Don Ho entertained. He would get grandmothers on stage and then sing the tune "Tiny Bubbles" to them. Only he would change tiny bubbles to tiny boobies. Many a red faced grandma!
Thanks alot for the info!
Lockheed P-3 Orion
In 1957, the Navy called for design proposals for a new high-performance anti-submarine patrol aircraft. It suggested that manufacturers try to adapt an existing plane to the task. Lockheed won the design contest by adapting its commercial turboprop, the L-188 Electra. It retained the wings, tail unit, power plant and much of the fuselage. The latter was shortened by about seven feet and incorporated a weapons-bay together with extensive new electronics and other systems. A prototype of the ASW aircraft (designated YP3V-1 and later changed to P-3) was first flown in late 1959. The name "Orion" was adopted in late 1960. Delivery of P-3A production models to fleet units began in August 1962.
The "Orion" was fully equipped for its ASW role, with extensive electronics in the fuselage plus stowage for search stores, and a 13 ft-long unpressurized bomb-bay equipped to carry torpedoes, depth-bombs, mines or nuclear weapons. Ten external pylons under the wings could carry mines or rockets. A searchlight was located under the starboard wing.
Variants of the P-3 included weather reconnaissance aircraft and electronic reconnaissance aircraft that carried special radar, with radomes in long fairings above and below the fuselage and an additional ventral radome forward of the wing. P-3A models were followed and replaced in quick succession by the P-3B and P-3C models each of which incorporated improved electronics. A limited number of P-3s were produced for export under the Military Assistance Program