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Lockheed P2V Neptune

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The Aircraft

By 1944, the U.S. Navy had an urgent demand for a land-based patrol aircraft.  Using a 1941 design study for such an aircraft, Lockheed received a contract and flew the prototype XP2V-1 in 1945.  The prototype carried a crew of seven and had a weapons bay for two torpedoes or 12 depth charges.

In 1946 a P2V-1 named the "Truculent Turtle"

set a world non-stop distance record of 11,235 miles by flying from Perth, Australia to Columbus, Ohio

The P2V Neptune saw service in Korea.  Re-designated the P-2 in 1962, the Neptune also saw service in Vietnam as well as for many U.S. allies.  Lockheed produced 1,181.

Specifications (P2V-7)





Type: Patrol/Anti-Submarine
Engine: two 3,500 hp (2610 kW) Wright R-3350-32W turbo-compound radial piston engines and two 3,400 lb (15 kN) thrust Westinghouse J34-WE-36 auxiliary turbojets
P2V: U.S. Navy patrol aircraft (prior to 1962)
P-2: U.S. Military patrol aircraft (after 1962)
P-2J: Kawasaki variant
AP-2: Attack version
DP-2: Drone controller
LP-2: ski equipped for use in Antarctica
SP-2: anti-submarine designation
RB-69: U.S. Air Force electronic surveillance version

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