Lockheed P2V-3 'Neptune'

  Base model:P2V
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1923-1962
  Basic role:Patrol
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  Length: 77' 10" 23.7 m
  Height:28' 1" 8.5 m
  Wingspan: 100' 30.4 m
  Wingarea: 1,000.0 sq ft 92.8 sq m
  Empty Weight: 33,962 lb 15,402 kg
  Gross Weight: 54,000 lb 24,489 kg
  Max Weight: 63,078 lb 28,606 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Wright R-3350-26W
  Horsepower (each): 3200


Known serial numbers
122923 / 122951, 122964 / 122987

Examples of this type may be found at
Florida Military Aviation MuseumClearwaterFlorida


Recent comments by our visitors
 , FL
I would have gladly placed this Plane on my property and would have kept it up, it would have been FREE to view.
Let me know if you are planning to junk another great piece of History. What a Shame :(
11/10/2010 @ 05:48 [ref: 33035]
 Wesley Chapel, FL
I could not believe it when I heard that The neptune was just dumped in the Ocean. That plane sat in the Lowery Park Zoo since I was a kid and I had a lot of great memories of it.
The last time I visited the museum, it was freshly painted in NAVY blue with great looking decals, from the outside the plane looked like it had just come from the factory. Why put that much money,time and labor just to dump it. I would have GLADLY put it in my yard and keep it up. Now it is gone :( with all of the sweet memories that went with it from Lowery Park. I would have been back to your museum and even paid to see that plane again but now I doubt very much if I will ever go back.
WHAT A SHAME!!!!!!!!!
02/11/2009 @ 05:31 [ref: 23694]
 Bob DeShazo
 , TN
"Not historical enough"... Wow. I sure wish I had known how 'unhistorical' it was when we were flying over the sea of Japan during the Pueblo Incident freezing our butts off (lost cabin heaters!) or just the Market Time patrols flying out of Cam Ranh Bay and Tan Son Nhut Viet Nam.

The lack of history, interest and general lack of respect for P2s and what we accomplished is an ongoing pain in the ass to many of us.
07/08/2008 @ 06:22 [ref: 21800]
 Lcdr Robert Zafran USN (Ret)
 Salem, OR
Hi, I recently visited the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville OR. Right in the front is a P2V-5 Neptune, a most beautiful aircraft!! It is a fire bomber, but is still a Neptune. I flew Neptunes from 1959 to 1970, including night combat reconnaissance in Vietnam, Laos. It is a extremely saddening that your short sightedness destroyed your P2V-3!! A true shame.. Any aviation museum would have gladly taken it.. Lcdr Robert Zafran USN (Retired)...
05/23/2007 @ 04:52 [ref: 16570]
 Raymond F. Voigt
 Boca Raton, FL
Re; Your P2V-3

Too bad it was not considered worthy of moving and was trashed. These aircraft in military configuration are becoming scarce. Considering the number of years the P2 served in the US Navy inventory the late WWII years and into the 1970s and some special rolls into the 1980s and the huge numbers of navy men and women that had careers centered around the aircraft I feel was a very large mistake. The fact that yours was a P2V-3 makes it a rear bird.

I am doing studies on the number of aircraft still around and in Museums and making visits to all of those that were available. We are trying to get more ideas of the condition of the aircraft and configurations and how much equipment still remains of the first aircraft that brought the atomic bomb and its capability to sea.

Being that your museum is located in Florida would have made it a definite a stop on my research and would have been given recognition in the several VP web sites around the world.

Ray Voigt
Boca Raton FL

08/28/2006 @ 09:30 [ref: 14013]
 Joe Brack
 Glen St. Mary, FL
Your callus disregard for a priceless relict (P2-V-3 Neptune) of Naval Aviation history is beyond reason or understanding and is only exceed by your stupidity to destroy such a great piece of military history.

There were many first rate air museums that would have gladly paid for the P-2 and in reviewing your inventory of military aircraft I can only surmise that your museum is managed by a bunch of s__t for brains air force pukes. Maybe you should destroy all the aircraft in your inventory and close the doors.
10/24/2005 @ 23:58 [ref: 11563]
 Keith Shifferd
 Emerald Isle, NC
I was planning to visit your museum today, however, when I found out that you had the stupidity to dump a P2V in the ocean because it was "too large", I decided that the brain power must be minimal at the museum. To those of us that flew in that fine aircraft, you are not a museum that cares. Just a money grabber from the tax payers. That being the case, I decided to spend my time else where.

S.K. Shifferd
11/26/2004 @ 09:46 [ref: 8718]
 Memphis ( formercly CLW), TN
In 1995and 1993 and took my ww2 vet grandpa, had a GREAT time. miss those days

07/16/2003 @ 22:17 [ref: 6583]
 Don Gilham
 Hook, Hampshire, OTH
I am ABSOLUTELY DISGUSTED with your so-called museum. You have a rare aircraft such as this (not ALL Neptunes are the same, unless you hadn't noticed) and you throw it away like a piece of junk ?????????????????????

How many more aircraft in your supposed care are due for the same treatment ???????????

And don't bleat money as an excuse......there are many museums that would jump at the chance to PRESERVE an aircraft with a history such as this one HAD.

Why not just join the scrap metal business and be done with it ??????????????
10/04/2000 @ 13:07 [ref: 849]
 St.Petersburg, FL
The P2V-3 Neptune on display at the Florida Military Museum at the St.Pete-Clearwater Airport was removed in late June 2000 and sent to a watery grave off Clearwater. It was deemed to large and apparently not historical enough to save and move to the museums new location in Wimauma.
07/05/2000 @ 14:51 [ref: 397]


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