Lockheed P-2 Neptune

The Lockheed P-2 Neptune (designated P2V by the United States Navy prior to September 1962) is a maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft. It 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.

P-2 (P2V) Neptune
SP-2H of VP-56 over the Atlantic.
Role Maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare
National origin United States
Manufacturer Lockheed
First flight 17 May 1945
Introduction March 1947
Retired 1984 from military use
Primary users United States Navy
Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force
Royal Australian Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
Number built 1,177 (total)[1]
Variants Kawasaki P-2J

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