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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Tony Roberts, 24.02.2017

I was on final assembly/check out P2-7 & then on a mod line P2-5 @ Lockheed, Burbank, early 60's. The crews were great & it was a fun airplane to work on. Don't remember any armament though (guns, bombs, etc.) but the a/c did have the MAD gear, sono buoy stuff & a huge searchlight built into the r/h wingtip tank. Also had the jets which were modified to burn avgas. Lockheed also had a P3 line going at the same time. That a/c was based on their L188 Electra airliner.

Gordon Lothrop, 17.02.2017

Hey Bo, (Palmer Bowling I remember when the Capt. got lost in the woods. a funny story all ended well.

Gordon Lothrop, 17.02.2017

I can mirror Joe Rokowski's comment from above. made the tours to Key West, Argentia, Keflavik, Norway. Never made Sicily, though. I was second tech, ("2nd tron")on Crew 6. I mustered out just as that deployment was leaving. I wish that I could revisit those days for just one more patrol. Where did all those years go?

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Curtis W Lambert, 13.01.2017

VP-26 was my first duty station at NAS Brunswick, Maine. 1959-1962. Started flying as an AEAA ECM operator and left VP-26 as an AE2 in 1962. In 1969 it was back to P2V aircraft as an AE1 at NAS Alameda, CA as the Work Center 220 Supervisor. The flying years were great and so were the non-flying years. For those interested, I have a blog. Memoirs of a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer at curtislambertmemories.blogspot.com

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James H Melville, 01.12.2016

I was in P2V7's and transitioned to P3A. Served in VP10 1963-1966. Both great planes. Does anyone know where I can find the noise level inside p2v and P3A


Larry LaCoursičre, AO2, 29.11.2016

Why Are We Here?!
A new squadron was assembled at the Whidby Island Naval Air Station (Washington) - 1954. Their objective or mission was a complete mystery! It appeared that they were only recruiting farm-boys! The main objective appeared to be “No police reords of any kind”. Also, we had no idea what our next station would be! Finally, we are flying to Alameda California and Hawaii with a final destination of Kwajalain, Marshall Islands. So......we drop a few torpedos which are being developed and a ga-zillion tiny, rubber rafts. Also, we are asked to report the presence of natives on certain islands. After a couple weeks, the officer-of-the-day tells everyone that we should be awake, bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 1 AM. [We STILL have no idea what the prime reason was for our presence in this part of the world!]
The time was 1AM [100 hours] and.............the sun came up! Twenty minutes later we felt a shock wave. We had experienced a nuclear experiment.
The P2V Neptune was an exceptionally reliable aircraft.
While patrolling the Aleutian Islands, we lost one engine (One of 2 IS alot!!). ANYTHING, which was not nailed down, was “tossed” and we went home without a problem.
Larry LaCoursičre, AO2

Dan Mc Knight, 08.11.2016

Don't see many photos of P2V2's and 3's They were unigue to what I see now. They had (6) 20mm cannon in the nose, and 2 20's in the tail turret along with the twin 50cals in the top deck turret Dan Mc Knight VP7 1950/1953 dm15389@frontier.com

Roger Bitzer rbitzer@rtcol.com, 10.09.2016

I was stationed at Roosevelt Roads in VC-8 (VU-8) from ‘63-’65 as an ATN3. I spent a short time in our P2’s before being reassigned to the Fox Van. One of our P2’s (BU# 147969) is on display at the Air Museum, Greenwood, NS, Canada. Also know Paul Mosbacher who commented several months ago. Many found memories.

Angelo "Skip" Guarino, 18.07.2016

My father, Angelo "Ang" Guarino jr. ADR1, was a plane captain in VP-836 for the P2V-5 aircraft. He retired as ADRC November 1963. I would like to hear from anyone who may have been stationed with him at Floyd Bennett Field.We lived in the projects on base.I was born 9/48, and we moved to LI in 1952. I joined the Navy, became ADR and flew heavily modified AP-2H with Project Trim/Vah21 in Viet Nam '68 - '69. Great memory's of time spent at FBF.

Dan Mc Knight, 03.07.2016

Served with VP7, late 1950 to 1953. Crewed on P2V2s and 3s.Flew in radar position and later filled in on radio due to temporary shortage of radiomen. Flew patrols out of Argentia, Nfld. and Iceland (AJE3). Anybody left, I would like to hear from you. dm15389@frontier.com

raymond smith, 30.05.2016

i was in vp7 in 1955 to 1959 on he 12

Ed Jaworski, 16.05.2016

I flew in P2V-7's from 63-67. Does anyone know what was in the Soundproofing in these Aircraft. Fiberglass or Asbestos.
Ed Jaworski

Paul Mosbacher, 17.04.2016

I was an air crewman on the DP-2E, Crew 3, in VU-8. We were based at Roosevelt Roads, P.R. I flew from 1962 to 1965 as an ATR. It was a great old aircraft. I loved every minute of it.

Joe Rokowski, 05.03.2016

Flew with VP-23 out of Brunswick, Maine 63 to 67 was an Air Crew member on LJ-10 as an AE3. Deployed to Key West, Iceland and Sigonella, Sicily. Great aircraft. Logged about 1000 hrs on them. It waas a good time in my life and I'm proud to have served.

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)

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