Lockheed P-2H Neptune

A picture of the Lockheed P-2H Neptune

Designed as a long-range anti-submarine patrol plane the Neptune first flew on May 17, 1945 and P2V-1s and -2s entered service with the U. S. Navy in March 1947.  Steady technological upgrades and new orders kept the Neptune in production until April 1962.  The final production version, the P2V-7 (later P-2H), began coming off the assembly line in 1954 and was the first version built with underwing jet engines.  The Neptune was retired from U.S. Navy service by the early 1980s.  Many of the aircraft found their way into civilian hands where they were used for fighting forest fires until the last of them were retired in 2017.

Wingspan

103 ft 10 in.

Length

91 ft 4 in.

Height

29 ft 4 in.

Weight

75,500 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

345 MPH

Service Ceiling

22,000 ft

Range

2,200 miles

Engines

Two Wright R-3350-32W with 3,500 horsepower and two Westinghouse J34-WE-34 turbojets with 3,400 pounds of thrust

Crew

9

Manufacturer
Lockheed

Markings
Patrol Squadron 94 (VP-94), Naval Air Station New Orleans, Louisiana, 1976

Designation
P-2H

Serial Number
150281

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