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|
|William Albers, wpalbers1953=aol.com, 15.01.2010|
I was in VP-1, Whidbey Island, flying the SP-2H. Flew two deployment to Alaska, one a PPC. I graduated to OP-2E flying the Ho Chi Min trail in Laos, Viet Nam under Igloo White project. The P-2 was a great aircraft to fly. On my P-2 check flight at NAS Hutchinson I experience a split flap configuration on take off. The only other I am aware of crashed.
|Marian Bruce, brubru=comcast.net, 07.01.2010|
Was in VP46 from 1959 to 1963. Transitioned from P5M1 to P2V-5F to P2V7 during tour. Returned to SP2H (P2V-7) as OINC of VP66 1972 to 1975 after flying the P3As in VP28 and VP22. Transitioned back to the P3 in 1973.
|Anthony, Arstrain=aol.com, 07.01.2010|
My father, thinks computers are a waste of time, so I'll write this for him. He was stationed at N.A.S.Los Alamitos in a V.P.squad. He was a flight engineer. He had a turn card an I got to sit on the plane during night duty, an go to high power turn-ups,what a ride and memory.He flew to Barbers Point, Haw.many times it took 17 hrs after picking up aux. tanks in S.F.
|Cleland McBurney, sockeye=terraworld.net, 04.01.2010|
I flew the P2V-5F with VW-3 at NAS Agana, Guam 1954 to 1955. Mission was typhoon hunting. This plane can penetrate a wall cloud of a 165 knot typhoon at 500' over the water. I know, I was there. It is a tough bird and a beauty to fly.
|Richard Neault, rneault=calcoldwar.org, 15.09.2009|
I am President of the CA Cold War Museum here in Northern California. We have been offered a P-2 as a donation. It has been used in firfighting operations. We will be restoring it to its original military configuration. If any of you have interior/exterior photographs that may be of help, we would definately appreciate the assistance.
|Jim Stark, stark3217=aol.com, 04.09.2009|
I was PPC of P2V7 1965-1967 in VP-21, NAS Brunswick. I wrote a book "Two Turning, Two Burning" about my experiences. Check it out at If interested in buying a copy, contact me directly for signed copy at a discount.
|Dempsey (Jesse)James, dejams=aol.com, 26.08.2009|
I flew with VP-10 in the SP-2E version from 1960 thru 1963 and accumulated around 2500 hours. We visited Iceland, Greenland, NorthWest Terr of Canada, Norway, Amsterdam, Denmark, Scotland, Argentia, Labrador, Halifax and the carribbean countries.Loved my tour with them. Cdr Jens Hansen was our PPC along with LT Breeding and LCDR Snively. AD2 D,J. Shaw was my Engineer.
|Nevins A. FRANKEL, nfrankel=vpnavy.org, 01.06.2009|
I have all squadrons represented on http://www.vpnavy.org/
If you have time - please visit.
|John Spinelli ADR3, PUTTER1947=ATT.NET, 25.05.2009|
I flew the flight plane captains seat and was a NATOPS evaluator on the SP2H. Loved this aircraft to death. Best duty station was NAS N.Y. ( Disney World East ). Station keeper trying to keep the reserves from killing themselves. Flew with 2 great officers Lt. Trim and LtCDR Schuster. They gave me a lot of rt seat time and taught me to fly so they could catch some winks. Finished up with VP 26 but could never get the same feelings for the P3. Maybe because you could stand up and get comfortable.
|Richard "Rick" Stark, rcan3=juno.com, 05.05.2009|
Plane Capt.in Crew 4 VP-2 "66-67" Great moments in small lives! Did two trans pacs including the Vietnam thing. Loved every minute of it. Had a fantastic crew and PPC Al Rogstad. I enjoy the vp-2 reunions every two years. Grear reliable aircraft.
|BOB DE LA HUNTY, DELAHUNTY=BIGPOND.COM.AU, 15.04.2009|
For those interested we have three P2V7 Neptunes at our HARS Base south of Sydney at Albion Park.We will be flying one over this ANZAC march next week.We have 149273,149281 and 147566 Web site www.hars.org.au
|Keith Miller, millerk1=optusnet.com.au, 13.04.2009|
What type of radios did the Neptune have make model etc a photo would be great, if I could purchase one even better
I was based at Number 10 SQN towsville Australia but I was with ground support Thanks so much for your time to you all Keith
|pierre ciofini, pierre.ciofini=orange.fr, 13.03.2009|
hi first i apologize my english sorry .I was in the french navy in 1973 at this time i was avionics on these wonderfull p2v7 ; flying on this unit was fantastic (and longer 14 flight hours) I have learn my job on this aircraft ; the beautifulest aircraft in the world
|Bill D. Simms, billjanconn=bellsouth.net, 13.03.2009|
I was in the Naval Reserve, vp-671, 1964 thru 1970. My rate was AX2 and i was a Julie and radar operator on a P2 flight crew for 5 years of active reserve duty. My pilot was also our C.O. and also flew all the time in his private business, therefore he was always current and our crew could fly the P2 anywhere, in any weather. I loved it.
|Wilfred Oswald PhD, nsoh1=earthlink.net, 04.02.2009|
I served as Nav/Tacco with VP 4 in Okinawa for three years. The P-2 never let us down. On one of our daily flights through the Taiwan Straits, we received warning of an
interception wih a ChiCom aircraft. We hit the deck,added full jet power and found out just how fast the aircraft could travel! Low pressure on the wing surfaces caused a number of "bird patches" to blow with a tremendous "Pop".
We made it home safe and sound. Loved that plane!
|Frank Taylor, ftaylor=localline.com, 23.12.2008|
I was a radarman in CIC on the USS Bataan cvl. 29from 1952-1954. We had a P2V Neptune doing sub chasing (we had a grid over the radar and guided them along the grid). When they started home to NaHa I had to give them a vector to get home, nothing on altitude. I followed them till they merged with a mountain and supposibly landed at Naha. The next morning we hear they crashed into the mountain. I felt bad but had no way of telling them the altitude to fly.
|Charles Holman, charlieho48=msn.com, 13.12.2008|
I served with VP18 at roosey roads PR.and VP21 Brunswick Me.I was a ground pounder (ADJ-2) most of the times I still managed to get 180hours.The P-2 was a great plane.I still have nightmares about changing that #10 cyl.on that 3350eng.I'll never forget those years,1965-1969.
|Jackson I Newberry, Jr, jacknewberry=windstream.net, 30.09.2008|
I flew P-2s for VP-4 1963-1966 in Hawaii. I am now retired, but there is a P2V-5 as a static display at the campus Southwestern Technical School in Americus, GA.
While the RAAF operated the P-2 until replaced by the P-3 Orion, I never actually saw one in RAAF service (except in photos). However I was lucky enough to see a Neptune at Perth domestic airport in the late 1990s/early 2000s.
It had been converted to firebombing configuration and I believe was being offered by an American couple for hire to the Western Australian government to help fight bushfires although the West Aust government never took them up on the offer.
A mistake on their part as they had to buy & convert some crop dusting aircraft for exactly that purpose some time later and much later they decommissioned the planes and hired helicopters for the same task. After seeing the Neptune moved to another part of the domestic airport (and also locating it on Google Earth) sometime around 2002-03, I never saw it again and I believe that it is now gone from Western Australia. I don't have any details of the model type or history and I'm kicking myself now because I never thought to take any photos.
|Darryl Crum, webmaster=capecod12.org, 01.09.2008|
My brother was one of 12 men who died in the crash of a P2V in November 1964 just on the edge of Cape Newenham in Alaska. We are building a site to honor these 12 men, who were given the name Cape Cod 12 and the url is www.capecod12.org. I am aware of the memorial at Whidbey Island but would like to find out if anyone has additional information about this crash or this crew. Thank you.
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