Lockheed P-2 Neptune
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Lockheed P-2 Neptune

The first US Navy contract for two XP2V-1 Neptune maritime-reconnaissance bombers was placed in April 1944. The first prototype flew in 1945. From then Lockheed received contracts for the P2V-1 to P2V-7 versions which were subsequently redesignated in the P-2 category.

Last versions in operational service were the P-2E (formerly P2V-5) which introduced the glazed nose, MAD tailboom, Julie/Jezebel ASW systems, etc, and later fitted with auxiliary underwing turbojets; SP-2E, as for the P-2E but with modernised equipment; P-2H, the first version to introduce auxiliary underwing turbojets and incorporating equipment and detail changes; and the SP-2H, as for the P-2H but with modernised equipment. These served with the Argentinian Navy (P-2H), Australian Air Force (SP-2H), Brazilian Air Force (P-2E), French Navy (P-2H), JMSDF (P-2H, and Kawasaki P-2J), Netherlands Navy (SP-2H), Portuguese Air Force (SP-2E) and the US Navy (SP-2H).

Lockheed P-2 Neptune

 ENGINE2 x Wright R-3350-32W, 2575kW
    Take-off weight36191 kg79788 lb
    Empty weight22592 kg49807 lb
    Wingspan31.7 m104 ft 0 in
    Length27.9 m92 ft 6 in
    Height8.9 m29 ft 2 in
    Wing area92.9 m2999.97 sq ft
    Max. speed648 km/h403 mph
    Ceiling6800 m22300 ft
    Range w/max.fuel5930 km3685 miles
 ARMAMENT2 x 12.7mm machine-guns, bombs, missiles, torpedos

Lockheed P-2 Neptune

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Mike McKinney, 21.07.2015

I went from Point Mugu (PMR) flying Wv-2 and AD-5Q,to VP-31 for P2V training, then to VP-1 in July 62. VP-1 was deployed so I was assigned to VP-17 until they returned. I joined a Point Mugu buddy, Jim Baker, assigned to 141913 (YB-III) with LTJG M.E. Huston as PPC. It was called III instead of 3 because when it went from A/C #1 to #3 instead of repainting the number on the port tank, they just painted two more 1's. Flew Jezebel, MAAD, and Radar as 2nd class AT. Most memorable flight was when the a/c filled with smoke. Opened the back hatches to draw it out but signal came to prepare for bailout. I was first to go off the flight deck, was on the ladder looking at the water when I was called back. Baker found the fire caused by a radar magnatron and extinguished it. After the extension for Cuba was discharged in 1963. Served with VP-702 in NAS Dallas. A great airplane.

Rick Dombrowski, 26.03.2015

Spent two years with VP-2 home based at Whidbey Island, WA; with deployments to Kodiak, Adak & Shemya in the Aluetians. My aircraft and crew was YC-10, BuNo 141247 from '61 to '63 with LT Vic Gulliver in command, Ltjg Jerry McDonald and Ltjg Dan Bowen as 2p and 3p; I was the PC, Dick Whipple as Radio, Henry VanAller and Daniels as AT's; Charlie Jennings as Ordnance, Ron Surman as Electric and my dependable 2nd mech Floyd Palmer. The crew achieved 'E' Status with the new equipment installed prior to our last deployment and had the distinct pleasure to nab a Rusky 'Whiskey type' that surfaced off the northwestern coast of the US. I am very proud to have served in the squadron and to fly the SP-2H.

AMS1 (Ret.) Bruce R. MacNair, 24.02.2015

I flew as aft observer, SP2H, NAVSTA Adak, Al. SAR, from April 1967 to April 1968. With Bombay fuel bladders installed, we could stay airborn for over 18 hours. Ir wasn't the most comfortable plane to fly in, especially the two after station seats, but it was dependable. We once were called out on a Search and Rescue mission close to Kodiak Island. It was for a sinking cargo ship named the Pan Oceanic Faith. The round trips, plus on-station time came to about 18 hours, give or take. I remember having to move foeward to the wing station during take off and landing. As aft observer, I also made the coffee, so on a long flight, I became the most important crewmember aboard. I also rember, when, many years later in my Navy career, while stationed at the bone yard in Tuscon, Az., I had to open up one of the P2s in class A storage. As I stuck my head up inside the aft hatch, I got a wiff of the pecular wood odor that all P2s had. Almost instantly, a flood of memories came back. I always enjoyed telling the Pilot, just before rollout: two turnin and two burnin. What a great plane!!

Fred S Morris ATC, 08.02.2015

I was a crew member in VP-23 in Brunswick, ME. Deployed to Iceland, Newfoundland and Porto Ric. This was in 1959-1962. Later served in VP-42 in Whidby Island, WA and went to Sangle point, PI and to Nam in 1967.

Gerald Lillie, 23.01.2015

I'm an 80 year old ex P2V radioman. Retired as ATC in 1973. Spent my time in P2V's with VP-28 (Home, Barber's Point) 1959 to 1962. Then went to VP-31 rag outfit (Home, North Island)1962 to 1955. Then I transitioned to the P3 in 1965 (VP-9)

Ron Olson, 20.01.2015

To Anthony's comment dated 7/1/2010
I was a reservist at Los Alamitos from Nov. 1949 to May 1964.
I was an ADRC in VP 772. I flew all over the country in the P2V-5F and loved every minute of it. Also flew to Hawaii for our 2 weeks cruise in 1960. I may have known your dad.

Richard Fowler, AMH1, 25.11.2014

I was with VP4 from Mar.1956 until Sept.1957 as an Am striker and AM3. In Aug.1956 we transferred our permanent home from Whidbey Island, Wash. to Naha, Okinawa. I wasn't part of any crew but I flew with all of them. I flew with crew 9 a lot. The plane captain(flightengineer) was AM1 Canfield. Ron Reimenschneider (AT3)was our radio man. Also a ordnance man by the nickname of Smitty but I don,t remember his full name. It was fun flying those P2V-5Fs.Anyone who was there about that time please send me an Email. We might know each other.

Alisa Butscher, 04.09.2014

I was born while my dad, Robert Butscher (aka Butch or Bob) was on active duty in the Navy at Patuxent River. Prior to that my dad was stationed in Jacksonville, fla.

My dad worked on the airplanes, he was not a pilot, and he was a friendly outgoing guy. My dad died from mesothelioma in mid-march, 2012.

We are looking for people who may have known my dad and what he worked with on the planes. I know he worked on P2V-7. My dad would have been 18-20 yrs old when at Jax in '55-57/58 and 20/21 years old at the time he was at Pax River in '57-'58. He left active duty and Pax River the end of June, 1958.

He became a reservist in 1960 and retired from the Navy in 1987. Most of his reserve time was spent at Selfridge AFB in Mount Clemens, Michigan. I think the last planes he worked with there were P-3's

We are looking for anyone who might know if my dad replaced brakes, clutches etc on the planes or if they don't have personal knowledge themselves, if they know someone who might know, or if they know how to find records of the duties my dad performed at any time he was in the Navy, whether active or as a reservist. Also anyone who would know who manufactured the brakes, clutches etc used by the Navy on the P2V Neptune, or P-3's. We also think he may have worked on the A-4 Skyhawks as a reservist. We suspect that my dad was exposed to asbestos working on those planes and this may have caused his mesothelioma.

My dad loved the Navy, made a number of life long friendships while serving, and he also loved those planes.

I would appreciate any information anyone would like to share.

Thank you for your time and I wish you a wonderful, blessed day!

Alisa Butscher
daughter of Robert Butscher (aka Butch or Bob)

Jim Creasy, 28.07.2014

I was a member of crew #6 in VP-56 in 1963 and 1964. Rated as AX-2 (ATS-2). We operated out of NAS Norfolk and shared a hangar and ramp with VP-24. Many deployments and patrols along the east coast and the Caribean. Most time was in Buno 148354 an incredible Neptune and LQ-6 was a great crew.
Learned to love those 3350s and the big props. Two turnin' and two burnin'.

Mark McD, 11.07.2014

I was in the last operational P2 squadron out of Millington, VP-67. We transitioned in to P3A's while I was an ATAN. Accordingly I had limited experience on the P2. But during that short time I grew to love the smell of burning avgas, the wing beam, and the stories of brooms out of the aft windows. The ride was so much better in the flex wing P2 than the P3.

ALLAN (AL) LAMBDIN, 20.06.2014


JIM VICK, 24.03.2014

I was in the us navy from 1/65 thru 10/68. I trained in p2v radar electronics in Milington, Tenn. and San Diego, Calif. then on to VP-1 for the rest of my career. Our first duty was Saigon VN thru Iwakuni Japan and Cam Rahn Bay VN thru Sangley Point PI. Total of 3 tours in Viet Nam flying in a P2v. I loved every minute. I left in Navy in 10/68 as an E-5, ATR2 second class airman with my patrol airmans wings which I am very proud of.

May GOD Bless all of my fellow P2 shipmates,
J.E.Vick 290-52-92

Dean Marchione, 22.12.2013

Checked in to VW-4 HURRICANE HUNTERS on the 25th of December(yes, Christmas Day) 1955 as an ADRAN. The Squadron had three(3)WV Constellations and seven(7) P2V-5s at that time. I worked in the maintenance office for CDR Westover until I made ADR-3, then went to Power Plants and worked both the J33-WE36 jet engines and on the Wright 3350 Turbo compound engines, became a Flight Mech on the P2Vs, flew several missions including hurricanes. After making ADR-2 I becan to fly as a Flight Mech on the Constellations. I served as a Flight Mech in VW-4 Jacksonville, AEWBARRON PAC in Hawaii and then as a Flight Engineer in VW-1, TYPHOON TRACKERS on Guam. I truly enjoyed working and flying these Lockheed Aircraft. The WV-2 Super Constellation aircraft, to this day, are my ALL TIME Favorite aircraft. I finally retired as an Aviation Support Equipment Senior Chief (ASCS) in 1985. Dean Marchione

Robert D. Ford, 16.11.2013

Need Help for disabled vet from Patrol Squadron Six 1964-1965. I am author of "War Against the U.S. Navy"- Blog at "WarAgainstNavy.com" I am just an old Marine trying to get justice for you guys regarding Agent Orange claims.

Contacted by daughter of Harold O. Rose. Rejected by VA as no proof of being in Vietnam. Flew missions out of Da Nang under command of H.S. Potter. Need statements from anyone who can state that Navy patrols did in fact fly in and out of Vietnam,etc. This is what you need for Agent Orange claims. Please contact me at RDFord@Hotmail.com

Bob Wilson, 08.08.2013

VP 10 Oct 1955-Dec 1958 AT3 1st tech/radio op on P2V5F 128 series. VP 10 (second tour) Jan 1961-Jun 1964 AT2 Radio Op on P2V5F 131 series. Over 4,000 hours flight time during two tours. While on split Deployment to Port Lyautey in 1958, moved to Malta when Lebanon Crisis began, three plane detachment to Beirut Lebanon, slept under wings of planes at International airport. 12 hour patrols on sixth fleet, 12 hours off, third day off to work on A/C. Deployments to Argentia, NFLD. Keflavik, Iceland, Sigonella. Despite cramped quarters on P2V, especially when wearing "Poopy Suits", or crawing over wing beam or through nose tunnel to bow observer position, it was good plane...

Larry McDonald, 09.06.2013

I was an Aircrewman on the SP-2E out of Barbers Point. I was in squadron VP-6 from 1963 to 1966 and flew as ECM operator and back-up radio operator. We deployed on emergency orders after the Gulf of Tonkin incident to Okinawa.

Dick Hamlet, 17.03.2013

We had a P2V-5 and a 7 at WST, NATC Pax River. I was just out of boot camp and would go down to the hanger at night, clean drip pans, spark plugs what ever and quite often go on a hop in one of our P2V's. It's still my all time favorite airplane. Several years later as a plane captain for a UH2B, we spent the night in Brunswick ME and they put my helo in a hanger, The next morning there were neptune spears painted on our aux tanks. My buddies back at Lakehurst got a kick out of that.

Tom Tumelty, 11.03.2013

This message is for Barney Welsh. When you were shot down over the Ho CHi Minh trail, did you get picked up by a USAF H-53 'Jolly Green Giant'? You and your crew may have been picked up by my brother-in-law, Lt Col Ken Duckworth, USAF (Ret). Ken was killed in a tragic car accident, Flag Day 2010.

R W Carrier, 03.03.2013

VP22 1952 thru 1954 Started as ADAN Started flying with LCDR Carter PC Jackson P2V4 Deployed to Naha, and Kadena returned to BP, Departed to Kodiak AK To Fasron Whidby Released to Reserves. VF901 Spokane wa Closed in 58 Went to Vp771 los Alamos Fleet Qualified Plane captain Transferred to VP892 NAS Sandpoint Seattle Activated for the duration of the Cuban crisis Plane captain for Admiral Jim Russel From Seattle. Made the last reunion of VP22, The 51 to 55 crowd was the Old timers, Met the younger fellows and it was like I had Gained a bunch of Younger Brothers. when we had 2 engines we use to Fly 20 Hours at a time,P2V4 and 5s. Flew over4200 hours only had 1 engine failure, Saved an engine that was Detonating only to have the maintenance officer Blow it up on takeoff because he didn't think the carburetor was failing, he left parts on the runway at Sandpoint, the tower made him take it to Whidbey. I think the P2V Ranks right up there with the Mustang and the Corsair Lots of good flights she always brought us home

Palmer Bowling (Bo), 26.02.2013

Was in VR-6 (MATS)At McGuire AFB, 1960-62. Went to AE "B" school in Jax. Fla.,then was sent to VP-23,in 1963, NAS Brunswick,Me.,as AE-2. Flew flightcrew in LJ-8,LJ-7,and then LJ-1. Flew on crew from 1963-1967. The bow belonged to me. I loved the T.O.s & landings,(no,no,I know),but what a rush.In 1968 I ran night shift Electric Shop, and made AE-1, but got out and went to work with Vocaline CO.of
American crewing on their P2V "StopSign" at same duty station. Loved the Driftwood, the Heathwood, and the Maine woods. I bought a Marlin 38-55 lever action from a trapper, and shot a nice buck the same day that our VP-23 Squadron Commander was reported to be lost deer hunting up
around Moose Head Lake. My brother was a Sgt Major in Nam.,with a silver star & a couple of purple hearts, so I joined up, and they sent me to Ft Eustis,Va. instructing U.S. & Iranian troops in our helo and aircraft electical and instrument systems. I pulled my two years, and then got back in the game by joining the local police department.
They gave me 34 years, which included 10 yrs. workmans comp.,after having a heart attack, open heart, going back
to work chasing bad guys, and then having another heart attack, and five years later having another open. Any way I guess I got off the track. I loved those P2Vs, and sleeping on the wing beam, and riding in the bow, and shouting "madman" "madman", and throwing box lunches at submarines. The Captain said he got too far away from his vehicle, and decided to sleep in the woods and walk out the next morning. I still have that Marlin and those antlers, and now I hunt in Virginia woods. You all take care and don't walk into any props.........that was another lifetime, wasn't it..........BO

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