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).
| ENGINE||2 x Wright R-3350-32W, 2575kW|
| Take-off weight||36191 kg||79788 lb|
| Empty weight||22592 kg||49807 lb|
| Wingspan||31.7 m||104 ft 0 in|
| Length||27.9 m||92 ft 6 in|
| Height||8.9 m||29 ft 2 in|
| Wing area||92.9 m2||999.97 sq ft|
| Max. speed||648 km/h||403 mph|
| Ceiling||6800 m||22300 ft|
| Range w/max.fuel||5930 km||3685 miles|
| ARMAMENT||2 x 12.7mm machine-guns, bombs, missiles, torpedos|
|Roger Hunz, 10.01.2016|
Reservist, ATN2, Aircrewman-Jezebel, Glenview NAS between 1961 and 1966. Exciting times: on the way to Memphis for AT school the back door on the R4D opened and we all got sick. In late October of 1962 VP 723 was in Jacksonville for our 2 week training when President Kennedy (former USNR) decided to get the USNR involved so we took pictures (from the bottom camera hatch) of departing (from Cuba) Soviet missiles and aircraft. These 12 hour patrols were hard for a bunch of civilians with only box lunches. On another 2 week training out of Willow Grove we developed 2 engine fires over the Atlantic and made a MADAY landing at Norfolk and watched the starboard wing burn immediately after we landed and exited.
|Les Palmer, 09.01.2016|
I'm building a Neptune P-2V, the original Hasegawa 1/72 kit (JS-082). The kit instructions would have me paint the crew's uniforms orange. However, I'm using PrintScale decals, and building tail code “ZE,” 140967, Patrol Squadron 17, “White Lightnings,” NAF Cam Ranh Bay,1967. From what I find on the Internet, I haven't been able to figure out whether the flight suits for this squadron during this deployment were orange or olive green. I'm also wondering what model and color life preservers they were using. Anyone out there with a good memory for detail? I can barely remember what I was wearing yesterday ... .
|Daniel E Kiser, 01.11.2015|
I served in the Navy from '66-'70. Was assigned to VP-19 in 1968 for almost two years at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. I flew as an AO3, crew 9 as the ordnance man in the SP-2H7,(140963). I loved every minute of it. Our squadron was decommissioned and I was sent to the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt CVA-42 where I was stationed in the Ship's Armory. I got out with an honorable discharge as an AO2. Sure did love that old plane!!!!
|cecil pearson, 01.08.2015|
Addition to first post. I was on ADAK from 1965 to 1967. I was a crew member that brought SP2V 135569 from Seattle to ADAK in February 1967 ( 4 months before I discharged)
|cecil pearson, 01.08.2015|
I was stationed on ADAK 1965/1967 and was a crew member ( February 1967. It replaced Adak 135560 ( which I turned many a screw and bore scoped many a jug and replaced a few props from the gravel runways on a few of the islands) Had many a traini.ng mission searching for life boats and bouys dropped in the worse weather you could imagine!
|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!
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|
I FLEW IN LT.CDR.RILEYS V.P.4 SQUADRON CREW #3 FROM 1952 THRU 1955.HOME BASED AT N.A.S.WHIDBEY IS. WASH. WE DEPLOYED TWICE . FIRST TO BARBERS POINT HAWAII THEN ON OUT TO GUAM.TOTAL OF EIGHT MONTHS. AFTER ABOUT 5 MONTHS BACK AT HOME, WENT TO OKINAWA FOR EIGHT MONTHS,THEN BACK HOME AGAIN WHERE AFTER A FEW MONTHS WAS DISCHARGED. FIRST TRIP OUT,I WAS A THIRD CLASS,SECOND MECH., AND PLANE CAPTAIN FLYING IN COMMANDER ANDERSON,S CREW IN P2V-5 MODELS.4 YEAR HITCH ALTOGETHER.REALLY ENJOYED MY TIME AND SQUADRON BUDDIES.
|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,
|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...
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