DescriptionThe Lockheed P-2 Neptune (designated P2V by the United States Navy prior to September 1962) was a maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft.
The Neptune was developed for the US Navy by Lockheed to replace the Lockheed PV-1 Ventura and PV-2 Harpoon, and was replaced in turn by the Lockheed P-3 Orion. Designed as a land-based aircraft, the Neptune never made a carrier landing, but a small number were converted and deployed as carrier-launched, stop-gap nuclear bombers that would have to land on shore or ditch. The type was successful in export, and saw service with several armed forces.
Beginning with the P2V-5F model, the Neptune became one of the first operational aircraft fitted with both piston and jet engines.
Neptunes were operated by RAAF Squadrons 10 and 11 from RAAF Edinburgh, South Australia.
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- Crew: 7–9
- 91 ft 8 in (27.94 m)
- 103 ft 10 in (31.65 m)
- 29 ft 4 in (8.94 m)
- Wing Area:
- 1,000 ft² (92.9 m²)
- Empty Weight:
- 49,935 lb (22,650 kg)
- 79,895 lb (35,240 kg)
- 2 × Westinghouse J34-WE-34 turbojet, 3,400 lbf (15.1 kN) each; 2 × Wright R-3350-32W Cyclone Turbo-compound radial engine, 3,700 hp (2,759 kW) wet each
- Maximum speed: 316 kn (363 mp/h) (586 km/h) (all engines)
- Cruise Speed:
- 180 kn (207 mp/h) (333 km/h) (max)
- 1,912 nmi (2,157 mi) (3,540 km)