The squadron was established in May 1946 as a reserve squadron and the first aircraft assigned  were 6 PBY Catalinas.  The squadron also flew PV-2 Harpoon. The dates are not clear when the change from the initial PBY’s to the assignment of the Harpoon was made.  The PV-2 went through several changes and modification and was designated as P2V-2/3/4 during the era of 1946-1955.

The squadron received the first P2V-5 Neptune in early 1955.  The P2V-5 went through further and continuing changes and upgrades (P2V5FS)  and left the squadron in the spring and summer of 1964 as the SP-2E Neptune.  

On 30 July 1964 the squadron received the first P-3A Orion under the command of CO CDR. Vought. The P-3 went through several changes and modifications, P-3A DIFAR, P-3B, P-3C, P-3C UII.5 and P-3C UIIIR. The Orion served the squadron for 48 years.  After returning from deployment, in 2012  CO CDR. Boron “turned in the Orion”  and the squadron began training for the current P-8A Poseidon.

On 11 July 2012 @ 0800 all aircrew  personnel reported for the “P-8 Welcome Aboard” at the VP-30 Auditorium.  Under the Leadership of Commanding Officer CDR Molly Boron, and Executive Officer CDR  William Pennington, a new chapter in our squadron aircraft history began.  

The P2 served our squadron from the early 1950’s through 1964 and the P3 from 1964 through mid 2012.  There were multiple versions of each over that time span.   Our active membership covers from 1953 to present so our group experienced different  versions of essentially the same aircraft.  We seek all the information we can gather.  We encourage your accurate input.

Please inform us of any incorrect and missing information.  We have researched what we believe to be creditable sources, some from our own pilots and aircrewman.



Length:  63’ – 10”
Height:  21’ – 1”
Wingspan:  104’

Empty:  – 20,910

Max:  Takeoff
Wheels:  35,420
Water (smooth):  34,500
Water (rough):  27,300

Max:  Landing
Runway:  – 28,000
Water (rough):  27,300

Power Plant: (2)
Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp 1200 bhp
Engine O/H:  1000 hrs.

Range:  2,520 miles
Max Endurance:  Longest 31 hrs. 45 min.
Service Ceiling:  15,800’
Max Cruising:  18,200’

Max Power at T/O:  1200 BHP
T/O Power setting:  2700 RPM – 48” mp
Take-off Speed:
Water 75-80 kts.
Land 75 kts.
Climb Power:  2325 – 34” mp
Climb Speed:  90 kts.
Cruise Power:  1850 – 2050 – 30” mp
Cruise Speed:  108.6 kts.
Max Speed:  170.3 kts.
Landing Speed:  75 kts.
Max Water Landing Speed:  80 kts.
Clean: 55 mph
Dirty: 58 mph

Hydraulic System:
Total Capacity 10.5 us gal including 2.4 gal reservoir operating at 800-1000 psi supplied by one pump on starboard engine.

Fuel Supply:   Engine driven fuel pumps
Carburetors:  Two barrel Stromberg
Fuel:  Avgas 100/130
Minimum Octane:  Avgas 91
Capacity:  1750.5 us gal
Consumption (per engine):  33.6-42 us gal/hr
Engine Oil:  75.9  Usable per engine 64.8
Consumption: .5 gal/hr

2000 lbs. of bombs and (2) Torpedoes or
(4) 325 lb. Depth Charges
Plus Ammo for:
(3) .30 cal. machine guns (2 nose- 1 tail)
(2) .50 cal. Machine guns (waist blister)

Crew: (9)
Pilot, Co-pilot, Radioman, Navigator, Flight Mechanic, Bow turret gunner, (2) Waist gunners, Ventral gunner.


The Lockheed P2V/P-2 Neptune is a twin-engine long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer Lockheed Corporation. The P2V was re designated P-2 in 1962.
Crew 9-11

The Lockheed P2V/P-2 Neptune is a twin-engine long-range maritime patrol and anti-submarine aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer Lockheed Corporation. The P2V was re designated P-2 in 1962.  Crew 9-11

Propulsion 2 & 2 Radial Engines & Turbojet
Engine Model Wright & Westinghouse R-3350-32W & J34-WE-36  
Engine Power (each):  3500 hp
Engine Power (each):  3395 lbf

Speed:  350 kts  403 mph

Service Ceiling:  22000 ft   
Range:  3202 NM  3685 mi

Empty Weight:  49935 lbs
Max. Takeoff Weight:  79895 lbs

Wing Span:  103,8 ft
Wing Area:  1000 ft²
Length:  91,7 ft
Height:  29,3 ft

First Flight:  17 May 1945  
Production Status:  out of production  
Total Production:  1181




Primary Function Antisubmarine warfare(ASW)/Antisurface warfare (ASUW)
Contractor Lockheed  
P-3A P-3B (L) P-3B (H) P-3C
Date Deployed August 1962   August 1969
Power Plant Four T56-A-10
Allison turbo prop
4,300 horsepower each Four T56-A-14
Allison turbo prop
4,600 horsepower each

Maximum gross weight 127,500 lbs 127,500 lbs 139,760 lbs 139,760 lbs
Endurance 10-13 hr 10-13 hr 10-13 hr 10-13 hr
Crew composition 5 – minimum flight crew
11 – normal crew
21 – maximum accommodation  

Cruise speed (average) 330 knots 330 knots 330 knots 330 knots
Fuel capacity (approximate) 60,000 lbs 60,000 lbs 60,000 lbs 60,000 lbs
Fuel consumption (lb/hr) 4000-5000 4000-5000 4000-5000 4000-5000
Unit Cost    $36 million (FY 1987)


Armament  up to around 20,000 pounds (9 metric tons) internal and external loads
Bomb Bay:
8 MK 46/50 Torpedoes
8 MK 54 Depth Bombs
3 MK 36/52 1000 lb Mines
3 MK 57 Depth Bombs
2 MK 101 Depth Bombs
1 MK 25/39/55/56 2000 lb Mine

Two Center-Section Pylons:
2 Harpoon (AGM-84)
2 Maverick (AGM 65)
2 MK 46/50 Torpedoes
2 2000 lb Mines

Three Under Outer Wing Pylons,
[Per Wing –Inboard to Outboard):

2 MK 46/50 Torpedo or 1000 lb Mine
2 MK 46/50 Torpedo or 1000 lb Mine or Rockets
2 MK 46/50 Torpedo or 500 lb Mine or Rockets

A total maximum weapon load includes
6 2,000 lb mines under wings
2 MK 101 depth bombs
4 MK 50 torpedoes
87 sonobuoys
pyrotechnics, signals,





Wing Span:  123.6 ft (37.64 m)
Height:  42.1 ft (12.83 m)
Length:  129.5 ft (39.47 m)
Propulsion:  Two CFM56-7B engines, 27,000 lb thrust
Speed:  490 kn (564 mi/h)
Range:  1,200 nmi with4 hr on station
Ceiling:  41,000 ft (12,496 m)
Crew:  9
Maximum Takeoff Gross Weight:  189,200 lb (85,820 kg)

The Navy P-8A buy is scheduled for 117 aircraft (37 LRIP, 80 FRP), however current-era DoD/Navy budgetary issues may impact the plan. The current Navy POM supports purchase of 109 aircraft through 2020, with the “objective” remaining 117. The 109 number will be sufficient to finish the P-3C to P-8A transition. Prices of initial deliveries have averaged around $200 million each with final average costs to be considerably less and somewhere around $140 million. (These are “flyaway” costs which are less than the total per-aircraft procurement costs over the life of the contract.) Thus far the Navy has taken delivery of 22 P-8As. These include six (6) Test Articles at the Naval Air Test Center, NAS Patuxent River, MD. T-1 through T-6, some of which are not fully production representative, continue to undergo various testing routines, including: Weapons, SD &D, and follow-up Air Worthiness testing.

Squadrons transitioned from P-3C to P-8A: VP-30 (Training Squadron), VP-16 (currently terminating deployment to West Pac/ASIA), VP-5 and VP-45. In consideration of the early Navy purchases and Boeing delivery schedules, operational squadrons do not take delivery of their full complement of aircraft until nearing deployment. Initially, squadrons will deploy with six (6) aircraft, and eventually seven (7). Nominal Squadron Combat Air Crew complement for deployment: 12.

“The P-8A Poseidon information contained herein this “Fact Sheet” is derived from open sources and is not sanctioned or approved by the Department of Defense or the Department of the Navy. It is provided solely for the information of members of the Patrol Squadron SIXTEEN (VP-16) Reunion Association, the vast majority of whom have never operated with the P-8A Poseidon, the Navy’s newest Maritime Patrol Aircraft.” June, 2014.