P-3A Aerostar N920AU

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2022 has been a stellar year for PlaneTags releases so it’s only fitting that we end with an incredible aircraft, a plane that collectors ask about all the time. The Lockheed P-3 Orion has been in service for 60 years, proven to be reliable and versatile in multiple missions in countries all over the globe. Meet N920AU, also known as P.3-06, BuNo 150513, and Tanker 20, a Lockheed P-3A Orion Aerostar.

Here's the rest of the story P-3 Orion: Mission Ready For Over Sixty Years

The Lockheed P-3 Orion is a land-based, long range, four-engined turboprop aircraft developed for anti-submarine warfare, for the U.S. Navy during the 1960s. Based on Lockheed’s commercial airliner the L-188 Electra, it was modified with an extended tail boom equipped with submarine detecting MAD, as well as a bomb bay and wing pylons to support a variety of armament. The P-3 went through several developments, including improvements to its engine mounts and wings for safety, and an extension program to replace all fatigue-life-limiting structures with new materials to extend its years. Although production ended in 1990, the P-3 has continued to evolve and remains mission ready today. 

OUR PLANE'S STORY


This P-3, c/n 185-5039 (150513), was built in 1963 and delivered to the U.S. Navy. It served with VP-68, a Patrol Squadron of the U.S. Navy Reserve for training and operational missions in support of fleet operations in the Atlantic, Mediterranean, Caribbean Seas, and the Gulf of Mexico. In 1979, it went to the Spanish Air Force for several years, before returning to the U.S. Registered as N920AU in 2001, it was one of a handful of P-3s converted to the Aerostart variant of aerial fire bombers for Aero Union Corporation. After Aero Union’s doors were closed in 2011, N920AU was scrapped. Its front fuselage landed at United Aeronautical Corporation, where it remained for almost a decade. MotoArt acquired what remained of it in 2022 for PlaneTags.


Lockheed calls the P-3 Orion the “World Standard in Maritime Patrol Aircraft”. Don’t miss adding one to your PlaneTags collection. Order your Lockheed P-3A Orion Aerostar PlaneTags today.

P-3A AEROSTAR - # N920AU


Characteristics:

  • Manufacturer: LOCKHEED MARTIN.
  • Tail #: N920AU
  • Crew: 3
  • Wing Span: 99 ft 8 in
  • Length: 116 ft 8 in
  • Height: 33 ft 8 in
  • Armament: 33 ft 8 in

Performance:

  • Range: 1,346 nm
  • Cruise Speed: 330 knots
  • Ceiling: 28,300 ft
  • Empty Weight: 61,491 lb
  • Max Takeoff Weight: 125,500 lb
  • Rate of Climb: 1,968 ft / minute
  • Engine: 4x T56-A-10w Allison Turbo Props


DISCLAIMER

LOCKHEED MARTIN®, associated emblems and logos, and body designs of vehicles are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Lockheed Martin Corporation in the USA and/or other jurisdictions, used under license by MotoArt PlaneTags LLC.

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PlaneTags are: 

      • Authentic - made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. 
      • Unique -  each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. 
      • Collectible - each one is numbered in a limited edition and comes attached to a display card. 
      • Versatile - comes with a durable metal ring, strong enough to attach to luggage or keys or display.

 

*Important Notice – Please Read Carefully

PlaneTags are made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. Because PlaneTags are made from real fuselage, each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. These variations and imperfections are not product flaws. They are part of the beauty of PlaneTags. As a result, you will not have an option to select the color of your PlaneTag. The images on this website are provided for reference only and should not be used as the sole basis for choosing a particular PlaneTag.

Caution: Not recommended for children under 8 years of age. This product contains chemical-based paint which may cause respiratory irritation if ingested or inhaled in large quantities. Keep out of mouth.

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    LP
    02/18/2024
    Logan P.
    United States United States

    Great Tags!

    Love having another fire bomber tag in the line up! Great release!

    JS
    02/17/2024
    Jamie S.
    United States United States

    A firefighting workhorse

    Living in a place where wildfires are common, I used to see these P-3s fly over all the time on their way to save the day. Unfortunately these planes have mostly left the skies now, so it's great to be able to have a piece! The orange paint is very bright, there's no mistaking what this plane was! It looks great.

    M
    02/07/2024
    Matthew
    United States United States

    P-3 Tag

    I have this tag in all black. It's a nice tag, very thick compared to others I have. Great piece of history to have. I love that this plane was used as a fire tanker.

    RA
    03/09/2023
    Richard A.
    United States United States

    P-3 Orion

    Bought this for a Navy buddy because we both served in the P-3 community. It’s actually bigger than what I expected and looks great. Thanks for putting out a nice product that can mean a lot to so many people.

    JH
    03/09/2023
    John H.
    United States United States

    P-3A Tag

    Having a few friends that worked for Aerounion and worked on the tankers, I had to have this tanker tag too. Color is great and shipping was fast. That said, I don't recommend any of the tags to anybody. That guaranties I have a chance to get mine.

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    MG
    03/08/2023
    Mike G.
    United States United States

    Fire Orange for this P-3A Aerostar Tag

    Love this P-3A Aerostar tag in fire orange...perfect! Thanks for another excellent tag and ordering/customer service experience!

    CH
    03/02/2023
    Craig H.
    United States United States

    P-3A Orion Planetag

    Having worked on the Lockheed P-3A Orion as a civilian, I've always wanted an Orion Planetag. Mine arrived in great condition, and the shipping was very prompt.

    TS
    03/01/2023
    Trevor S.
    Australia Australia

    Always good Quality

    Loved the plane tag, we just need more australian planes to have tags made. I did think it was a bit expensive. It worked out to just over $AU100.00

    PL
    03/01/2023
    PATRICK L.
    United States United States

    P-3 Plane Tag

    My old man flew P-3s for 30 years in the USN, and this was a gift for him. Had it been from a Navy P-3 it would have been extra cool, but he was super impressed with it

    DG
    03/01/2023
    Douglas G.
    United States United States

    Nicely made tag

    Enjoy having this piece of history, I used to fly this airplane for Aero Union back in the day

    LB
    03/01/2023
    Lawrence B.
    United States United States

    P-3A Aerostar Review

    Being a retired Lockheed Martin employee, I've been collecting all the Lockheed Plane Tags I can find. This is one of them. The white on black is a nice contrasting look.

    AG
    03/01/2023
    Anthony G.
    United States United States

    It’s my first time

    I’m very happy with my product. Very durable and colorful. I’m also a fan of aviation

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