Lockheed P-2 Neptune

1945

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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

Specification 
 CREW7
 ENGINE2 x Wright R-3350-32W, 2575kW
 WEIGHTS
  Take-off weight36191 kg79788 lb
  Empty weight22592 kg49807 lb
 DIMENSIONS
  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
 PERFORMANCE
  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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Paul Scott, e-mail, 27.05.2020 20:31

Nice underrated 'plane.

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Joe Wagner, e-mail, 07.02.2020 03:35

VP-42 Crew 11 and 4A 65,66,67

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Edwin Burdick, e-mail, 20.02.2018 03:40

I was stationed with VP-6 at Barbers Point Hawaii from 1957 to 1960. Made a deployment to Iwakuni Japan. Upon my return to Barbers Point I was assigned to Crew 12 as a radio operator. The P2V-5f was a fantastic aircraft.

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cecil pearson, e-mail, 26.08.2017 23:38

trying to contact AMS1 Bruce R MacNair who flew ADAK Search and Rescue in 1967 in SP2v May have been in my crew

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Wes Crook, e-mail, 06.07.2017 00:53

My father, F. Wesley Crook, was the xo of VP-28 Barbers Point. The squadron deployed to Kodiak in early 1953, to the best of my recollection. He thought the P2V was one of the finest airplanes he had ever flown. He was plane commander of crew #2, VP-28. Once, upon letting down below a 400 foot overcast to photograph a Soviet ship one of the engines swallowed a valve resulting in, according to his words, "big bloopers of flame" streaming over the wing. He said he had never seen his crewmen don their survival suits so fast! He flew it back to Adak (?) 400 nautical miles on one engine. (No jet assist engines on this plane). He loved the Navy and went on to fly Super Connies out of PAX River. He retired in 1967. He had two other close calls in the P2V, (one in a foreign country) but the plane was tough. The foreign country story probably still can not be told. He loved the Navy and this country and was buried in his dress blues with a military funeral.

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Nick Hallinan, e-mail, 02.04.2017 20:40

I went through P-2 training at VP-31 in San Diego in 1969 then it was off to VC-5 on Okinawa flying in the DP-2E. We flew all over the place even into Vietnam. Our flight suits were olive green and we had LPAs, not the orange may wests. We flew many Drone launches dropping BQM-34s and we also had 2 P-2s modified for the BQM-34E. One memorable flight we were out training our skipper in the P-2 as he was an A-4E pilot. We did a bunch of primary training and my PPC said let's do an inflight shut down of the right R3350. We did and flew around on 1 recip and 2 jets then we restarted the right recip. We went back to Naha for some touch and goes. We touched down, the skipper pushed the jets up to T /O, I rezoed the Varicam and toke the recips up to takeoff Wet. As we broke the main gear off the right recip decided to shutter, oil pressure, BMEP and Chips light came on and then over the ICS came, "We are on Fire" well the pucker factor went sky high, I pushed the right feather button and like it should the prop feathered. Needles to say when we turned down wind we declared an emergency and landed with fire trucks following us. All the flames went out when we shut down the engine. Lucky us. We taxied into our regular spot and all our squadron mates were out to welcome us back. They thought we were going to crash as we trailed flames about30 feet behind the aircraft. I found out later that # 13 cylinder had broken a valve and hammered a big hole in the piston. Needless to say we had a ton of aluminum in the oil filters. Man what a flight.

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William Reynolds Dalton, e-mail, 24.03.2017 08:16

My Dad flew the PBY4-1 for 35 missions during WW2 in England. After the war we were in SanDiego . He was flying the P2V Neptune . We were in SanDiego at least two years. He was LtJg Forrest Adolph Dalton Jr. I remember the patch with Neptune and his Trident coming out of the sea. Later , around 49 we were in Milton Fl at Whiting where he served as a Navy Flight Instructor. He had also graduated from Pensacola in 1944 as a Aviation Cadet. We then moved to Langley where he transitioned to the Air Force and A26. He served as a Capt. In Korea flying Night Interdiction mission over N. Korea , receiving the DFC. He was killed April 4 th , 1957 when the B57 he was piloting lost an engine in severe weather near Van Cleave, Mississippi. He was assigned to the Inspector General Headquarters Staff at Eglin Air Force Base.

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Donald L Ward, e-mail, 19.03.2017 21:49

My uncle who was my Mom's brother was assigned to Patrol Squadron Seven, stationed at a base in Iwakuni, Japan in December, 1953. His squadron was sent home, I think to San Diego, in Jan 1954. He volunteered with seven other crew members to stay with the last P2V which had been cannibalized for parts, and got it ready to bring home. They left Japan and were attempting to land at Barbers Point on Oahu to refuel, Jan 21st, 1954. They missed their approach, and the pilot steered left to attempt a go around. The plane plowed full throttle into the side of a 3000' mountain in the Waianae Range, behind Schofield Barracks at 9:30 PM. His name was Richard (Dickie) Brown, from Waverly, Ohio. I have the last letter from him, all the telegrams from the Navy, and a couple items recovered at the crash site. The remnants of the plane are still there, you can even read the aircraft number, 124874 on the fuselage. David Trojan, who is retired from the Navy, and I think lives near San Diego, sent me the full report of the crash with pictures of the site and wreckage. He has been to the site at least four times. I have asked questions about this crash all my life, I am now 65, and have learned more from Mr. Trojan than from anybody else. I would love to find out if there is anyone still living who might have served with Uncle Dick. Uncle Dick's high school sweetheart flew to San Diego to meet him, he had bought a ring in Japan, and the were going to get engaged. She stayed a close family friend all my life. I would love to learn more if anybody is out there. Thank you, Don Ward / Cincinnati, Ohio

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Mark rogers, e-mail, 18.04.2020 Donald L Ward

Hi, my father was killed two months after I was born in 1947. He was a pilot on a crew doing submarine exercises off the coast of San Diego. I have tried to track down the only two survivors of a crew of nine, the co-pilot and naval observer on board from the cockpit. It seems as the mission ended, my father went back to the fuselage where the the rest of the crew was, and the plane took a sharp left bank loosing altitude at same time and cartwheeled not far from the ships in the exercise. They rescued the two survivors from the cockpit but the rest of the crew were lost and memorialized at sea. I will always miss not knowing my father even at my age of 72. The Navy was no help in me contacting the 2 survivors on P2v.

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Tony Roberts, e-mail, 24.02.2017 01:40

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.

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Gordon Lothrop, e-mail, 17.02.2017 21:32

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

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Gordon Lothrop, e-mail, 17.02.2017 21:28

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, e-mail, 13.01.2017 00:55

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, e-mail, 01.12.2016 06:06

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

Thanks,
Jim

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Larry LaCoursière, AO2, e-mail, 29.11.2016 07:39

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 LaCoursière, AO2

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Dan Mc Knight, e-mail, 08.11.2016 16:28

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

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Roger Bitzer rbitzer@rtcol.com, e-mail, 10.09.2016 13:47

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.

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Angelo "Skip" Guarino, e-mail, 18.07.2016 00:00

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.

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Dan Mc Knight, e-mail, 03.07.2016 23:49

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

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raymond smith, e-mail, 30.05.2016 17:27

i was in vp7 in 1955 to 1959 on he 12

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Ed Jaworski, e-mail, 16.05.2016 22:59

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

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