Lockheed P2V Neptune

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
Lockheed
Markings
Black Hills Aviation, Inc., Alamogordo, New Mexico, 1975
Designation
P2V
Registration
N14448
Serial Number
147957

Lockheed P2V Neptune

Design of the Neptune began during World War II to meet the U.S. Navy’s requirement for a large land-based patrol plane. The aircraft’s first flight took place in May 1945 and despite the end of the war in August development of the Neptune continued with deliveries beginning in late 1946. The P2V-7 is the last version of the Neptune produced and included the addition of two jet engines to supplement the aircraft’s pair of propellers. Many Neptunes were converted to firefighters after their military service.

Specifications
Wingspan 103 ft 10 in
Length 91 ft 8 in
Height 29 ft 4 in
Weight 73,139 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 403 mph
Service Ceiling 22,000 ft
Range 3,685 miles
Engines 2 Wright R-3350-32W radial engines with 3,500 horsepower each
Crew 9