Lockheed P2V-5 'Neptune'

  Base model:P2V
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1923-1962
  Basic role:Patrol
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  Length: 78' 3" 23.8 m
  Height:28' 11" 8.8 m
  Wingspan: 104' 31.7 m
  Wingarea: 1,000.0 sq ft 92.8 sq m
  Empty Weight: 39,900 lb 18,095 kg
  Gross Weight: 72,000 lb 32,653 kg
  Max Weight: 77,850 lb 35,306 kg

  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Wright R-3350-32W
  Horsepower (each): 3500


Known serial numbers
51-15914 / 51-15965, 127720 / 127782, 128327 / 128422, 131400 / 131543, 133640 / 133651, 134664 / 134670 , 134671 / 134676 , 134718 / 134723

Examples of this type may be found at
Fred E. Weisbrod Museum / International B-24 MuseumPuebloColorado
NAS JacksonvilleJacksonvilleFlorida
New England Air MuseumWindsor LocksConnecticut

P2V-5 on display

New England Air Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Tom Reynolds
 Lubbock, TX
I served in the 50's at the end of the Korean War and the P2V was one of the best spy aircraft we had. I was an Air Intercept Tech and had to make many calls for this type of aircraft shot down off the cost of China where they were about the business of checking out the Communist defense system. The Chinese shot at them all the time but their system was very bad and they usually missed but sometimes they did not. This aircraft is very good and can travel long distance and even fly with only one engine.
03/24/2009 @ 08:16 [ref: 24004]
 grant bussard
 Lancaster, CA
Tanker 48 has the yellow tail and is owned by menden air of menden NV. It's a -7 p-2v. During the fires (2007) We also had almost all of the p2v's owned by neptune inc of missoula MT. -5's and -7's. You should hear the jets as they take off, still a cool sound! There was also few SP2h's around as air tankers up til 2003 then Areo Union sold them to companies overseas.

Grant Bussard
Fox Airtanker Base
Lancaster ca.
11/22/2007 @ 13:55 [ref: 18635]
 Walt Edminster
 Scottsboro, AL
In the mid fifties I was a radar operator (AT1) in VP6, crew 12 based at Barbers Point, Hawaii. A short time ago I received an email from my old PPC saying, “Do you realize that a half century ago we were flying P2Vs all over the Pacific?” Actually it didn’t seem like it was that long ago. More like it was just yesterday. After leaving the Navy I spent 50 years in the space industry. Twenty of those years were spent in the Middle East trying to survive two wars while teaching Arabs how to keep their missile systems operating. These were exciting times but I can truthfully say my years in VP6 were the most exciting years of my life. My wife, who I met and married in Hawaii, used to say I loved those darned P2Vs more than I loved her. She might be right but on the other hand, I did keep her 50 years. I was just watching TV coverage of the California Malibu fires (Oct 2007) when a P2V with a big yellow tail flew across the screen dumping chemicals. My heart skipped a beat. I was glad to see there were a few still flying.
10/24/2007 @ 18:06 [ref: 18294]
 Cdr. A. G. Alexander USN. (Ret)
 Whitefish, MT
I first started flying the Neptune (P2V-5) in 1953 , VP-9 . based in Alameda, CA. I then flew in the Reserves at NAS Oakland, (P2V-4) , went back to Active Duty with orders to the Advanced Training Command, ATU-64 Hutchinson KS.,(P2V-2, -3 , -4), when it closed, NAS Corpus, ATU-501,(2.3,4, and the -6 , which we changed into P2V-6T) and then orders to VP-2 (P2V-7).

After several tours on College, a Carrier and then Lockheed, Production Test in P3-B. After fast orders to VO-67 , back to P2V-5F's, completely overhauled into what was then named the OP-2E. I lost my Medical Ticket after a heart Attack.

The last thing I have seen about the Neptune are the overhauled -5F's and -7's at Neptune Aviation Services in Missoula, MT., I had been invited to stop by and see the Aircraft. I met Chis Holm and he gave me a "Cooks Tour" and as a career Aircraft Maintenance Officer, I was really impressed. Those good old Neptunes are really a great aircraft.

06/05/2007 @ 15:43 [ref: 16751]
 Billy Rawl
 Columbia, SC
Like a previous commenter, I was also an AO2, but served in VP-23 at NAS Brunswick, ME from 1952-1955 as a crewmember in P4Y's and P2V's. This is a picture taken during that period of either a -5J or -7.
Although after my discharge from the Navy in 1955 I thought I was through with airplanes, after a couple of years attempting to go to college I reconsidered, and wound up in the USAF Aviation Cadet Program and served in the USAF as a Pilot. After my obligation was up I was employed by TWA until my retirement as a Captain. My experience at an early age in P2Vs had a great deal to do with my subsequent career!

03/20/2007 @ 04:37 [ref: 15967]
 Ron West (Arby)
 Flower Mound, TX
I served in VP-4 as an AO2 and was an aircrew member in Sugar Charlie 7 during 1954-1956 LT Norgart was the PPC, LT(jg) White flew the right hand seat. Chief Willy Williamson was the PC

Home base was Whidbey Island Washington. Flew out of Iwakuni, Japan, Kadena, Okinawa and Chitosi, Japan (detachment Able) and Barbers Point, Hawaii.

Made the grand tour of Australia in 1955. Wound up in the 3rd RAAF hospital in Sydney with for an appendectomy; got back to the states about two months after everyone else. Wasn't too bad though, the Aussies treated me like royality.
10/05/2006 @ 17:28 [ref: 14384]
 Mac McComas
 Grayville, IL
When I graduated from AT "A" school in 1956, we were allowed to choose our billets. I graduated down around the middle of the class and all the VW's and VP's were gone. I chose VA (HM)13 only because I had a buddy stationed there. What a surprise when I checked in to Chincoteague, VA in 1957 and saw 12 P2V-5's on the ramp. Little did I know that VA(HM)13 was actually VP-24. I was
made 2nd Tech for about 3 months and then 1st tech on the Skpper's crew. The old "5" was a good-flying aircraft and I have many hours in it, until we switched to "7's". I always felt safe in the "5" because in certain instances, it would fly itself (off the runway, etc.). Good, good
aircraft. I retired as AVCM in 1975.
09/08/2006 @ 03:43 [ref: 14096]
 Robert H. Colley
 Round Rock, TX
I was an AE-1 and flew as an ECM operator on a P2V-5F while stationed at Barbers Point Hawaii, in VP-28. Our deployment to the Marshall Islands for the Atomic tests of 1957 let all the VP-28 crews log many long HOT hours at 1000 feet looking for shipping to shoo out of the test areas and various other jobs. I will never forget the salt water showers and toilets at lovely (?) old Kwajalein where we flew out of for the tests. The old Neptune was a great plane and a very stable platform for its many missions it was called on to perform.
08/25/2006 @ 04:11 [ref: 13986]
 Howie Romano
 Greenville, PA
I was in VP912 stationed at NAS South Weymouth,Mass from

1966 to 1968. My rate was ADJ3.I worked on the J34 jet engines on this airplane.I was a great aircraft.Its to my understanding VP912 later became VP92 when the P2V's were replaced with the P3 Orion.
07/01/2006 @ 12:28 [ref: 13626]
 Joe Los
 Myrtle Beach, SC
I had the pleasure of being a radio operator for a short time on a P2V 5-J assigned to VW-4, the Navy Hurricane Hunter squadron, stationed at NAS JAX during 1956 and 1957. The P2V 5-J was a great plane! The "J" designated the plane had two J-33 jets engines,one under each wing. Unfortunately,I was reassigned to fly radio on 3 Snow Cloud which was one of 3 Connies in our squadron at that time and I never had the opportunity to fly a low level penetration into the eye of a storm. The accounts of my buddy P2V crew member's experiences were both frightening and also exciting. The P2Vs would begin penetration of a hurricane at 500 ft off the water and work their way into the eye and then fly out the same way! A long process. Talk about a rush! These P2Vs were fantastic. With the 2 Pratt Whitney engines going full blast and the 2 jet engines screaming, I was told of driving rain streaming in through hatches, the crew sweating because of the humidity and the ride of a life time. Not quite like doing "Space Mountain". Our crews were really outstanding brave guys and very well trained. The radio operator would be sending a series of Vs and their call signs to Fleet Weather Central all the while the pilots and co pilot fought to keep the plane level.Their flight suits would be soaked and they wore a may west under a parachute harness like that was going to save them if they plowed in. The September before,1955, before I got to the squadron,we lost a P2V flying Hurricane Janet. What ever happened,nobody knows but our P2Vs kept flying low level missions until they were replaced by Connies in 1958. The P2V Neptune was an outstanding aircraft as I am sure their crews in all the patrol squadrons that flew them would agree.The Connies were also great planes and fullfilled our missions but it was not the same. VW-4 flight crews out of NAS JAX were know as the "Hurricane Hunters" throughout the Caribbean and I am proud to be part of the squadron's history.
05/31/2006 @ 18:00 [ref: 13422]


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