Lockheed P2V-5FS (SP-2E) 'Neptune'
|  Base model:||P2V|
|  Equivalent to:|| SP-2E |
|  Designation System:||U.S. Navy / Marines|
|  Designation Period:||1923-1962|
|  Basic role:||Patrol|
|  Modified Mission:||Anti-submarine|
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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 (& 2x J34-WE-34 @ 3,250lb)|
|  Horsepower (each):|| 3500|
|  Range:|| 3,195 miles|| 5,144 km|
|  Cruise Speed:|| 207 mph|| 333 km/h|| 180 kt|
|  Max Speed:|| 353 mph|| 568 km/h|| 307 kt|
|  Climb:|| 2,620 ft/min|| 798 m/min|
|  Ceiling:|| 26,000 ft|| 7,924 m|
Examples of this type may be found at
SP-2 E on display
Historic Aircraft Restoration Projects
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Recent comments by our visitors
| David L. Booth|
Union City, MI
| I served with VC8 at Roosevelt Roads Puerto Rico 1969-1973.
We had 3 DP2E Neptunes for drone operations. Ryan Aero had
a hanger adjacent to ours to service and repair the drones.
Seemed you always were seeing drones on mobile carts going to and from our ramp to theirs during operations. It was interesting watching our navy techs and the Ryan guys working together to mount the Firebee drones on the Neptunes. Just as interesting was watching our Sikorski SH3
Helo's bring them back from recovery and watch the delicate
"dance" as they were lowered onto the mobile carts.
When I finally made PO3 I got sent to the radio shop (AT3)
and began swapping radios and other electronic gear in the Neptunes. It was fun setting in the cockpit doing radio checks with Roosy tower. Wow, what memories!!!!!.........
03/04/2015 @ 07:37 [ref: 68969]
| steve crawford|
I serve in VP-8 squadron at Quonset from 1954 to 1957 as an AD3. I also was Capt Thomas's the Commander plane captain. we served six month tours in NewFoundland and in Morocco.
12/21/2014 @ 16:50 [ref: 68835]
| aaron plump|
| I was a AMH2 petty office in the airframes shop in NATU Quonset Point R.I. 1962-1965. I was crew on "Clyde" |
03/15/2014 @ 10:10 [ref: 68419]
| Robert (Bob) Sexton|
| Crew member on p2v-5f Buno 124902,VP-8 Quonset point 1956. |
12/09/2012 @ 07:53 [ref: 67399]
| Charly Viau|
| I was in NARTU South Weymouth in 1970-1975, then became plank owner in VP92, when we were phasing out the SP2H for the P3's. I was active duty, training reserves as an AW TAR and was a NATOPS evaluator for Acoustic and Non-Acoustic seats. I just loved the P2, nothing like it in the sky then or today. It was real flying. When the sonobuoy chutes were jammed, we just threw the stuff out the aft window. Try that in a P3.
I especially loved the rocket runs on the old target barge off of Otis, downcape. Being in the nose of a P2 on a rocket run was the closest thing to starwars anyone could get.
Eventually transfered to Willow Grove, where I became a B and C school instructor at RESASWTACEAST. Taught AQA-7 and oceanography. Had a great time in the Navy, not a job today could have touched it.
02/02/2012 @ 15:47 [ref: 52400]
| glenn shirer|
| I was attached to NATU Quonset PT R.I. 1959-1963. Flew on P2V-5F Buno 127780. What an exciting Powerful piece of machinery. Loved that plane. Moved a lot of 40 oz cc from Argentia NF to Stateside. Anyone from those good old days please contact me.
LT Glenn Shirer Jr
LDO SEAL RETIRED
02/24/2008 @ 11:50 [ref: 19770]
| Ernst T> E>|
Ypsilanti Mich., MI
| 4 years in V P 5 P/c on LA 6 LA 11 the best plane i ever worked on. Tango Echo Echo |
10/13/2007 @ 14:17 [ref: 18175]
| Walt Edminster|
| I was an AT1 in Crew 12 of VP6 in Hawaii back in the mid Fifties. We were flying the P2V5F 124, 128 and 131 series. I was discharged in 1956 and shortly after that the Russians launched the Sputnik satellite. I was at the right place at the right time and sort of fell into the space industry there in Huntsville, Alabama. I soon realized that I missed those long boring 10 hour patrols so I went over to NAS Atlanta to see about becoming a weekend warrior. Much to my surprise I discovered they had three of the same P2Vs we had just retired from VP6. The electronics officer twisted my arm a little and talked me into coming aboard for two years as a station keeper to teach ASW operation and ASW equipment maintenance.
The flight crew training went quite well but the radio operators kept forgetting to reel in the trailing wire antennas and it was costing us a lot of lead weights. One weekend we were making a training flight to Panama. Our trailing wire antenna was without a weight and we had none in stock so I rigged up a quick makeshift weight out of a Schlitz beer can. We landed at Roosevelt Roads in Puerto Rico for an overnight and the skipper of the base came out to great the PPC, an old friend of his. The first thing he saw was the Schlitz beer can hanging out of the bottom of the aircraft. He shouted, “Get that beer can off of that aircraft immediately!!” When we got back to Atlanta I designed a modified beer can trailing wire weight with a swivel to keep the wire from twisting and painted the beer can soft black. It was still on that aircraft a year later when I was discharged from the Navy.
11/20/2006 @ 18:08 [ref: 14796]
| John Arendall|
| The Army also flew the SP-2E Neptunes, we had them at Cam Rhan Bay, Viet Nam. I flew on 131531 most of the time, we brought it back to Norfork for overhaul in the summer of 1968, we stopped at every Island we came to, blew a prt between Wake Island and Hawaii, had to make a quick stop at Johnston's Atol for repairs. We had six P-2's in our unit, five where mission birds and one was a slick ship, one of them 131485 is in the Army aviaton museum at Fort Rucker, Alabama. The other five where dismantled in Japan after the unit was deactivated. We flew top secret missions, which are still clissified today. I guess you can see that the P-2's made their way around to all branches of the service. |
12/12/2005 @ 01:50 [ref: 11958]
| Douglas B. Jacques|
| Boy, you guys are quick! I just got a phone call about the not-uncommon trailing-wire-left-out-on-landing syndrome, asking didn't we have some sort of low-altitude warning system to guard against such things... Well, yes & no: we had a warning light when the gear was extended with the trailing wire still out. The trouble is, we got so many false positives (warning light on gear down even though the trailing wire was properly reeled in) that it wasn't any surprise to see the light... or NOT because half the time it didn't work at all, wire in or wire out. The best safeguard we had was the Radioman's memory, and after a 10-15-hour hop none of us was in much shape to remember anything. It didn't happen that often, maybe once or twice a year (total) in our squadron of 12 P2V-5FS's. Or so. |
10/16/2005 @ 23:55 [ref: 11492]
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