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

NAS Jacksonville

New England Air Museum


Recent comments by our visitors
 Bobby Cammer
 Lexington, SC
The photo showing CD-5 (VP-1) in 1953 is not correct. We were deployed to Kadena AFB Okinawa in 1953 and were still flying the P2V-5A. This is the P2V-5F that we received in 1954 on returning from deployment. VP-1 redeployed in late 1954 or early 1955 to Japan and did a “Round the World” on their return. I flew RADAR in 1953 and 1954 (Crew 7) until my discharge in October 1954. I was AT2 at the time. This likely is a photo over Whidbey Island. Note this variant has the “Stinger” (MAD) tail and clear nose and NO jets. Also No 20mm cannons like the 5A. Note also for some reason she is missing the starboard wing tip tank.

09/29/2014 @ 06:36 [ref: 68674]
 Bobby Cammer
 Lexington, SC
The photo showing CD 5 (VP-1)in flight in 1953 is not correct. We were deployed to Kadena AFB Okinawa in 1953 and were flying the P2V-5A. That is the newer version 5F that was supplied in early 1954 after returning from deployment. Note that she has the stinger (MAD) tail, clear nose dome and NO jets. She is also missing the wing tip tank on the starboard wing. The photo looks very much like Whidbey Island. VP-1 deployed to Atsugi, Japan late 1954 or early 1955. They made a "Round the World" on their return. The PPC at the time was Flt. Lt. Peter Dawes RAF. I flew RADAR in 1953 and 1954 until discharged in October that year as AT2.
09/29/2014 @ 06:23 [ref: 68673]
 Ray Burgess
 Williamstown, NJ
I was in the USAF from 57 to 61. Were I was station in
Iceland I flew with the Navy in the P2V on patrol. I love
to fly and every chance I got I would go up with the Navy. They were stationed on the main base, I was from Rockville, 932nd-AC&W. The P2V was some plane. Thank you ALL. Ray
03/19/2014 @ 14:07 [ref: 68425]
 Mike Walsh
 East Falmouth, MA
My first tour of duty was in VP-5 out of Jax, Fla. From boot camp to VP-5 in 1956. When I got there as an AA non-designate, I was assigned to X division until an opening came around. In about 3 weeks of scrubbing heads and doing passageways, I was assigned (thankfully) to Power Plants. I began learning the Engines and systems on the R3350 power plant. I learned everything about the P2V by Korean War vets who had the experience. They were a great bunch. The P2V-5 had the jets (J-34) installed on the 5 in the !954-54 era. When the jets were added, the P2V-5 was then designated as P2V-5F. When I made 3rd class, I was assigned to crew 2 as a 2nd mech. I loved it so much in VP-5 that I ended up staying in the Navy for 30 years. I hated to leave. My final rate was AFCM.
09/04/2013 @ 11:16 [ref: 68046]
 Stan Alsing
 Helendale, CA
I also disagree with the designation period. 1923 is way too early for the Neptune and I flew on the -5s (Later the SP2Es) in the reserves at NAS Oakland and NAS Alameda from Jan 1956 until Nov 1969 when I went back to the AF as Loadmaster on C-141s. I had been a B-29 gunner in the AF 1952-53 and the Oakland P-2s still had a 20mm in the tail and twin .50s in the upper deck turret. The 20mm was replaced by the MAD boom and the .50s lasted until the SP2E conversion. Our Sq (VP-872)got recalled for the "Berlin crisis" and we flew the shipping supression patrols for the atomic tests at Christmas and Johnston Islands in 1962. I'll try to get our Crew 3 picture posted.
Stan Alsing, ex-Navy AOC, MSgt, USAF, Ret
10/07/2012 @ 14:15 [ref: 67289]
 Ron Annas
 Raeford, NC
My dad, James B Annas, was a structural mechanic on a P2V at Jacksonville during Korea. He exited the service before I was born but I remember him talking about the plane. He died a number of years ago and I am interested in finding someone who served in these units at that time and hopefully knew my dad. Its a long shot but thanks.

Ron Annas
08/15/2012 @ 05:33 [ref: 65677]
 , MD
I think the "designation" period is incorrect. I returned from a deployment with VP-1 in May of 1965. We were still flying P2Vs.
03/16/2012 @ 17:37 [ref: 54321]
 Jack Lee
 Montgomery, AL
I was stationed in Brunswick, Maine from 1959 thru the end of the Cuban Crises of October 1962. I flew for VP26 on the crew of LK9 (P2V5)as a aviation electrician. During my stay we were deployed to Rota, Spain and Kevlevik, Iceland.I am now 72 years old and still remember flying like it was yesterday. The P2V was a forgiving aircraft. We got into a few pickles that I believe if we had been in any other bomber we would not have made it. Even though I wasn't a pilot I was qualified as Air Crewman and the pilot did let me fly some towards the end of my tour... If all aircraft are as easy to fly as the P2V I would love to fly them. I would love to fly in a P2V again before the good Lord calls me home.. I have nothing but wonderful memories of my time in the Navy and flying around the world in the P2V....
12/18/2011 @ 07:39 [ref: 51186]
 glenn martinet
 Brick, NJ
I serviced (refueling) the P2V during the summer of 1959 while stationed at Thule AB greenland. There were a group of these aircraft TDY'ed there from NAS Jacksonville I think the crews stayed for about 3-4 wks then back home. One of the crew chiefs complained about how (bad word) cold it was I told him 30 above was a summer day he should be there when it was 50-60 below (before global warming)and that I was there for a year Feb 59- Jan 60. He offered his sympathies. It was a back in time summer as we had B-17,B-29 owned by a logistic co mapping the ice cap for the UN, then a Canadian ANG Lancaster bomber then about 12-18 C-124 Globmasters were there for ice landing training for supplying the McMurdo sound base in Antarticia. All in all a very strang collection.
12/21/2010 @ 13:33 [ref: 34727]
 Wallops Island, VA
I work for NASA at the former Chincoteague NAAS/NAS/NAOTS. We have been collecting information on the former Navy activities at Chincoteague for about 5 years. We have a number of photos from 1943 - 1959 and are willing to share them with former servicemen. If anyone has any photos or stories about either Chinco NAAS, NAS or NAOTS we would really appreciate them. Thank you for all your service!
08/04/2010 @ 09:08 [ref: 28565]


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