LOCKHEED P2V NEPTUNE

NEPTUNE SERVICE

Manufacturer: The Lockheed Aircraft Corp., Burbank, California, USA
Models: Model 26, 126, 226, 326, 426, 526, 626, 726, 826
Designations: P2V; B-69, P-2, CP-122 (CAF)
Name: Neptune
First official flight: (XP2V-1) 17/05/1945
Factory production period: 1944 - 1962 (1978 in Japan)
Primary service period: 1947 - 1962
Last official flight: (SP-2H) 04/1978
(P-2J) 05/1994

NEPTUNE VARIANTS

1945 Model 026-49-01 XP2V-1 2  
1946 Model 026-49-01 P2V-1 14  
1947 Model 026-52-01 XP2V-2 1  
1947 Model 026/126-52-02 P2V-2 78  
1949 Model 126-52-07 P2V-2N 2  
1948 Model 226-52-03 P2V-2S 1 Total: 0098
         
1948 Model 326-59-02 P2V-3 53  
1949 Model 326-59-04 P2V-3W 30  
1949 Model 426-59-03/426-42-03 P2V-4 52 Total: 0135
         
1950 Model 526-42-06/-11/
-13/-15/-16/526-45-15
P2V-5 372  
1951 Model 526 Neptune MR.Mk.1 52 Total: 0424
         
1952 Model 626-42-12 P2V-6 67  
1953 Model 626-42-12 P2V-6M 16 Total: 0083
         
1954 Model 726-45-14/-17/826-45-14 P2V-7 306  
1961 Model 726-45-18 P2V-7B 15  
? Model 726-45-14 P2V-7LP 4  
? Model 726-45-17 P2V-7S 32  
1954 Model 726-45-14 P2V-7U 5 Total: 0362

Grand Total: 1102

1969 Foreign built - Japan:
Model GK.210
P-2J

82

Grand Total: 0082

NEPTUNE PRODUCTION

XP2V-1
Prototype twin engined, armed, maritime patrol aircraft.
Produced 1945

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.48237, 48238 26-1001, 1002

2

Total: 0002

P2V-1
As XP2V-1, equipment upgrade, dorsal fin deleted.
Produced 1946 - 1947

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.89082 / 89085 26-1003 / 1006    
BuNo.89087 / 89096 26-1008 / 1017

14

Total: 0014

XP2V-2
Prototype for P2V-2, engine upgrade.
Produced 1947

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.89086 26-1007

1

Total: 0001

P2V-2
As P2V-1, lengthened nose, armament / engine upgrade.
Produced 1947 - 1948

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.39318, 39319 26-1018, 1019    
BuNo.39321 / 39368 126-1021 / 1068    
BuNo.122438 / 122464 126-1069 / 1095    
BuNo.122467 126-1098

78

Total: 0078

100 additional airframes cancelled.

P2V-2N
As P2V-2, unarmed, polar equipped aircraft with skis.
Other designation was MCR P2V-79.
Produced 1949

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.122465, 122466 126-1096, 1097

2

Total: 0002

P2V-2S
As P2V-2, ASW version with APS-20 search radar.
Produced 1948

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.39320 226-1020

1

Total: 0001

P2V-3
As P2V-2, engine upgrade, improved ASW systems.
Produced 1948 - 1950

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.122923 / 122951 326-1099 / 1127    
BuNo.122964 / 122987 326-1128 / 1151

35

Total: 0053

P2V-3W
As P2V-3, AEW version with radar under forward fuselage.
Produced 1949 - 1951

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.124268 / 124291 326-1152 / 1175    
BuNo.124354 / 124359 326-1176 / 1181

30

Total: 0030

2 additional airframes cancelled.

P2V-4
As P2V-3, fixed wingtip fuel tanks, turbo-compound
engine upgrade, revised electronics / radar.
Produced 1949 - 1951

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.124211 / 124262 426-2001 / 2052

52

Total: 0052

P2V-5
As P2V-4, larger wingtip fuel tanks, major armament upgrade,
nose turret later replaced by glazed nose station,
MAD tail extension.
Produced 1950 - 1954

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.124865 / 124909 mixed 426-5001 to 5049    
BuNo.127720 / 127782 mixed 426-5051 to 5172    
BuNo.128327 / 128422 426-5173 / 4268    
BuNo.131400 / 131543 mixed 426-5269 to 5424    
BuNo.133640 / 133651
- 12 to Australia as Neptune MR.Mk. 1,
A89-301 / A89-312. Later upgraded
to MR.Mk. 2 then MR.Mk. 3 standards.
mixed 526-5021 to 5122    
BuNo.134671 / 134676
- 6 to Netherlands Navy as 19-21 / 19-26.
526-5273 / 5278    
BuNo.134718 / 134723
- 6 to Netherlands Navy as 19-27 / 19-32.
526-5279 / 5284

372

Total: 0372

8 additional airframes cancelled.

Neptune MR.Mk. 1
As P2V-5, procured by the USAF for
RAF service from 1952-1957.
Produced 1951 - 1952

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

51-15914 / 51-15965 mixed 426-5028 to 5170

52

Total: 0052

All delivered as:
(RAF) WX493 / WX529
(RAF) WX542 / WX556

P2V-6
As P2V-5, engine upgrade, provision for photo reconn.
and mine laying.
Produced 1952 - 1953

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.126514 / 126547 626-6001 / 6034    
BuNo.131544 / 131550 626-6061 / 6067    
BuNo.134638 / 134663 626-6035 / 6060

67

Total: 0067

31 to the French Navy.
26 additional airframes cancelled.

P2V-6M
As P2V-6, anti-shipping version with provision for 2 Petrel
missiles. Original designation was P2V-6B.
Produced 1953

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.131551 / 131566 626-6068 / 6083

16

Total: 0016

P2V-7
As P2V-6, revised canopy, smaller wingtip tanks,
engine upgrade, wing mounted jet-pods, dorsal turret
later deleted, minor changes.
Produced 1953 - 1962

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.135544 / 135621
- 25 to Canada as 24101 / 24125,
redesignated as CP-122 in 1968.
mixed 726-7001 to 7053    
BuNo.140151 / 140160 726-7054 / 7063    
BuNo.140430 / 140433 726-7089 / 7092    
BuNo.140441, 140443 726-7100, 7102    
BuNo.140962 / 140986
- 6 to Japan as 4601 / 4606.
mixed 726-7064 to 7088    
BuNo.141231, 141232 726-7103, 7104    
BuNo.141234 / 141251
- 2 to Japan as 4607, 4608.
mixed 726-7093 to 7123    
BuNo.142542 / 142545 726-7124 / 7127    
BuNo.143172 / 143183
- 2 to Japan as 4609, 4610.
mixed 726-7128 to 7139    
BuNo.144675 / 144692
- 8 to France.
- 6 to Japan as 4611 / 4616.
mixed 726-7136 to 7161    
BuNo.145900 / 145923 mixed 726-7162 to 7195    
BuNo.146431 / 146438
- 8 to France.
mixed 726-7144 to 7157    
BuNo.147562 / 147569
- 8 to France.
mixed 726-7174 to 7189    
BuNo.147946 / 147971 726-7196 / 7221    
BuNo.148330 / 148336
- 7 to France.
mixed 726-7240 to 7266    
BuNo.149070 / 149081
- 12 to Australia as Neptune MR.Mk. 4,
A89-270 / A89-281.
726-7270 / 7281

258

 
11 additional airframes cancelled.

Foreign assembled - Japan:
Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Gifu, Japan

BuNo.149089 / 149130
(JMSDF) 4617 / 4658
726-2001 / 2042    
BuNo.153611 / 153616
(JMSDF) 4659 / 4664
726-2043 / 2048

48

Total: 0306

P2V-7B
As P2V-7, solid four 20mm cannon armed nose, later to glazed
nose, all delivered to the Netherlands Navy.
Produced 1961

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

(Netherlands) 200 / 214 mixed 726-7238 to 7269

15 

Total: 0015

P2V-7LP
As P2V-7, unarmed factory conversions for Antarctic duties,
skis and photographic equipment added.
Produced

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.140434, 140436 726-7093, 7095    
BuNo.140437, 140439 726-7096, 7098

4

Total: 0004

P2V-7S
As P2V-7, ASW sound detection electronics upgrade.
Produced

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.140435 726-7094    
BuNo.148337 / 148362 mixed 726-7222 to 7260    
BuNo.150279 / 150283
- To FMS as 61-2923 / 61-2927.
726-7282 / 7286

32

Total: 0032

P2V-7U
As P2V-7, electronic reconn. version delivered to the
USAF as RB-69A.
Produced 1954

Lockheed Burbank, California (V)

BuNo.135612, 140438 726-7047, 7097    
BuNo.140440, 140442 726-7099, 7101    
BuNo.141233 726-7105

5

Total: 0005

 

Grand Total: 1102

Foreign Built - Japan:
P-2J
Japanese built P2V-7, lighter airframe, turboprop engine upgrade.
Produced 1969 - 1978

Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd., Gifu, Japan

(JMSDF) 4702 / 4783 7001 / 7082

82

Grand Total: 0082

NEPTUNE CONVERSIONS

US Navy

P2V-2L 2 P2V-2, 1949, cold weather conversions with ski-wheels.
P2V-3B 16 10 P2V-3C / 6 P2V-3W, close air support trial aircraft.
P2V-3C 12 1 P2V-2 / 11 P2V-3, 1948-1952, carrier launched nuclear bombers.
P2V-3Z 2 Model 326-59-09
P2V-3, 1950, battlefield staff transports, armour plated cabin.
P2V-5F 372 P2V-5, 1953, underwing jet pods added, upgraded engines / systems.
(P2V-5FD) 9 P2V-5F, drone director conversions.
(P2V-5FE) 1+ P2V-5F, upgraded electronics.
(P2V-5FS) 1+ P2V-5F, sound detection electronics upgrade.
P2V-6F 67 P2V-6, underwing jet pods added.
P2V-6T 1+ P2V-6, crew trainer conversions.
YP2V-7 1 P2V-7(135544), 1954, service test aircraft for P2V-7.
MCR P2V-73 1 Model 126-52-08
P2V-2, 1950, testbed conversion for 4-crew bombing ops.

USAF

RB-69A

7

5 P2V-7U / 2 P2V-7, 1954, electronic surveillance trainers.
New s/n: 54-4037 / 54-4043, last 2 were P2V-7's, all later
back to US Navy as SP-2H.

US Navy / USAF (1962 redesignations)
Original BuNo.'s retained.

P-2D 1+ 1962, redesignation of the P2V-4.
P-2E 1+ 1962, redesignation of the P2V-5F.
(AP-2E) 6 P-2E, 1967-1972, close air support aircraft in Vietnam.
(NP-2E) 2 P-2E, conversions for permanent testing.
(OP-2E) 12 P-2E, 1967-1968, area surveillance aircraft in Vietnam.
(RP-2E) 1+ P-2E, US Army electronic platform in Vietnam.
DP-2E 1+ 1962, redesignation of the P2V-5FD.
EP-2E 1+ 1962, redesignation of the P2V-5FE.
SP-2E 1+ 1962, redesignation of the P2V-5FS.
P-2F 1+ 1962, redesignation of the P2V-6.
MP-2F 1+ 1962, redesignation of the P2V-6M.
TP-2F 1+ 1962, redesignation of the P2V-6T.
P-2G 1+ 1962, redesignation of the P2V-6F.
YP-2H 1+ 1962, redesignation of the YP2V-7.
P-2H 1+ 1962, redesignation of the P2V-7.
(AP-2H) 4 P-2H, 1966-1969, night interdiction aircraft in Vietnam.
(DP-2H) 1+ P-2H, drone director aircraft.
(EP-2H) 1+ P-2H, US Navy airborne relay platforms.
(NP-2H) 1 P-2H(150283), conversion for permanent testing.
SP-2H 53 1962, redesignation of 14 P2V-7B, 32 P2V-7S, 7 P2V-7U (RB-69A).
Many other P2V-7's upgraded to this standard.
LP-2J 4 1962, redesignation of the P2V-7LP.

Foreign Conversions

P2V-7Kai 1 P2V-7(149109, 4637), 1966, prototype turboprop engine upgrade.
Kai (Kaizo - modified). Later to P-2J standard, reserialed: 4701.
UP-2J 6 P-2J, 1978, conversions to ELINT and ECM training in Japan.
(EP-2J) 2 UP-2J, conversions with ELINT gathering equipment.

FOREIGN MILITARY / CIVILIAN SERVICE
 - Neptune aircraft in service with Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada,
   Chile, France, Japan, The Netherlands and Portugal.
 - Many Neptunes sold on the civil market as fire-bombers and freight aircraft.

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