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Describe the physical characteristics of a P-3 aircraft
Four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft designed for patrol, and fleet support
Primary Function:
Primary Function: Antisubmarine warfare (ASW)/Antisurface warfare (ASUW)
Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems Company
Unit Cost
$36 million
Four Allison T-56-A-14 turboprop engines (4,900 shaft horsepower each)
116 feet 10 inches
99 feet 8 inches
34 feet 3 inches {To top of fin (antenna),24 feet
4 inches {top of fin to lower skin}
Max gross take-off: 135,000 pounds
maximum - 411 knots (466 mph, 745 kmph); cruise - 328 knots (403 mph, 644 kmph
28,300 feet (8,625.84 meters)
Maximum mission range - 2,380 nautical miles (2,738.9 miles) for three hours on station at 1,500 feet - 1,346 nautical miles (1,548.97 miles)
20,000 pounds (9 metric tons) of ordnance including: Harpoon (AGM 84D) cruise missile, Slam (84E) missiles, (Maverick (AGM 65 ) air-to-ground missiles, MK 46/50 Torpedoes, rockets, mines, depth bombs, and special weapons
Date Deployed:
First flight, November 1959; Operational, P-3A August 1962 and P-3C August 1969
Describe the all-weather capabilities of the P-3 aircraft?
Ice controls on the P-3 enable the aircraft to perform its mission under various weather conditions and return home safely.
Mission Commander ?
The MC shall be a properly qualified Naval Aviator or Naval Flight Officer designated by appropriate authority.
Patrol Plane Commander (PPC)
The PPC is responsible for the effectiveness of the aircraft and crew for all matters affecting safety of flight.
Patrol Plane Pilot (PPP)
The PPP shall assist the PPC in preparing the crew for flight and in ascertaining readiness for flight of the aircraft and aircraft systems. He shall read the checklist, as required by the flight mission
Patrol Plane Copilot (PPCP
the PPCP shall act as a relief for the PPC or PPP during extended flight operations.
Flight Engineer (FE)
is directly responsible to the Pilot in Command. The FE shall perform exterior and interior checks IAW current NAVAIR pubs and MRCs. During flight the FE shall continually monitor engine and system flight station controls and indicators
Second Flight Engineer
Shall act as a relief for the FE during extended flight operations
Tactical Coordinator (TACCO
he TACCO's function is to employ appropriate tactics and procedures to most effectively carry out the mission of the aircraft and it's crew.
Navigation Communication Officer (NAV/COMM) -
The NAV/COMM's function is to maintain an accurate record of present and past positions, to insert navigation fly-to points, update the geographic position, transmit position reports, and maintain an accurate record of the flight
Acoustic Operators (SS1/2) -
It is the responsibility of the acoustic operators to detect, classify and report sonobuoy contact data
Electronic Warfare Operator (SS3) -
The Electronic Warfare (or non-acoustic) Operator is to support the mission by utilizing RADAR, ESM, MAD/SAD, IRDS, and IFF systems and subsystems, as directed by the TACCO, to detect and analyze targets of operational significance and provide radar intercept and navigational information to the TACCO and NAV/COMM
Safety of Flight Radar Operator (SOFRO) -
The responsibility of the SOFRO operator is to provide weather, terrain, and aircraft avoidance using radar and IFF systems
Ordnanceman -
The responsibility of the ordnance man shall be to obtain the mission search and kill stores required by the TACCO and ensure they are properly loaded
Ordnance Qualified Crewmember -
shall ensure that the mission search stores required by the TACCO are properly loaded
Assistant Ordnance Qualified Crewmember -
will assist the primary Ordnance Qualified Crewmember with in-flight duties as required.
In-Flight Technician (IFT) -
The IFT is responsible for preflight checks on the data processing system and for in-flight repair of all equipment as listed in NAVAIR 01-75PAC-12 series, acting as visual observer and such other duties as may be required.
A P-3 observer is an in-flight crewmember qualified to perform basic safety-of- flight duties. .
Radio Operator -
The function of the radio operator is to maintain HF radio communications as directed by the MC
State the maximum number of ditching stations?
There are 23 ditching stations on the P-3C aircraft except for the Update III model, which has had stations 16 & 17, deleted leaving 21 stations
State the purpose of engine loiter operations.
Two and three engine loiter operations provide a substantial reduction in the fuel usage thereby allowing the aircraft to remain on-station longer
Describe the general arrangement of the P-3 aircraft as stated on the NATOPS Flight Manual.
The fuselage is pressurized from the forward bulkhead of the flight station to the aft bulkhead in the cabin. Entrance to the cabin is by way of the door in the port side of the fuselage