Lockheed P-2 Neptune

(Neptune’s P2V-5F https://www.airlinereporter.com/2014/11/aerial-firefighting-part-one-anchor-flank-and-pinch/)

Lockheed P-2 Neptune

The Lockheed P-2 Neptune was a maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft.
Originally, 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.
The P-2 was used in Vietnam was a US Navy as a gunship, an overland reconnaissance and sensor deployment aircraft, and in its traditional role as a maritime patrol aircraft. The Neptune was also utilized by the US Army’s 1st Radio Research Company (Aviation), call sign “Crazy Cat”, based at Cam Ranh Air Base in South Vietnam, as an electronic “ferret” aircraft intercepting low-powered tactical voice and morse code radio signals.
During the Falklands War the last two airframes in service played a key role of reconnaissance and aiding Dassault Super Étendards, particularly on 4 May attack against HMS Sheffield.
In the civilian world, the P-2/P2Vs have been employed in aerial firefighting roles by operators such as Minden Air Corp and Neptune Aviation Services. The fire fighters can carry 2,080 galof retardant and have a service life of 15,000 hours. They were just retired with Neptune Aviation.

Different models of the P-2 Neptune

P2V-2N "Polar Bear"
Two P2V-2 modified for polar exploration under Project Ski Jump. Armament removed, with ski landing gear and provision for JATO rockets. Fitted with early MAD gear for magnetic survey purposes. Used for Operation Deep Freeze Antarctic exploration. The specially modified P2Vs had 16-foot long aluminum skis that were attached to the main landing gear units that when retracted, tucked into fairing just below the engines. This way the modified P2vs could still land on a regular runway surface.

Airborne Early Warning variant, AN/APS-20 search radar; 30 built

Modification with two 3,250 pounds-force (14.5 kN) J34 jet engines to increase power on take-off, and 3,500 horsepower (2,600 kW) R-3350-32W piston engines, the J34 engines and R-3350 had a common fuel system burning AvGas rather than having dedicated jet fuel (as did all Neptunes with jets except the Kawasaki P-2J),Four underwing rocket pylons removed but increased 10,000 pounds (4,500 kg) weapon load

Specialized night and all-weather ground attack variant fitted with FLIR and Low Light TV systems, tail turret, fuselage mounted grenade launchers and downwards firing miniguns. Bombs and napalm carried on underwing pylons. Four converted in 1968 for Heavy Attack Squadron 21 (VAH-21) for operation over South Vietnam

Specs for the P-2:
Crew: 9 - 11
Length: 77 ft 10 in
Wingspan: 100 ft 0 in
Height: 28 ft 4 in
Max. takeoff weight: 64,100 lb
Powerplant: 2 × Wright R-3350-26W Cyclone-18 radial engine, 3,200 hp wet each
Propellers: 4 bladed propeller, 1 per engine
Maximum speed: 278 kts
Cruise speed: 155 knts
Range: 3,458 nm
Rockets: 2.75 in (70 mm) FFAR in removable wing-mounted pods
Bombs: 8,000 lb (3,629 kg) including free-fall bombs, depth charges, and torpedoes

Specs for the P-2H
Crew: 7–9
Length: 91 ft 8 in
Wingspan: 103 ft 10 in
Height: 29 ft 4 in
Empty weight: 49,935 lb
Max. takeoff weight: 79,895 lb

2 × Westinghouse J34-WE-34 turbojet, 3,400 lbf each
2 × Wright R-3350-32W Cyclone Turbo-compound radial engine, 3,700 hp wet each

Maximum speed: 316 knts (all engines)
Cruise speed: 180 knts
Range: 1,912 nmi
Service ceiling: 22,400ft
Rockets: 2.75 in (70 mm) FFAR in removable wing-mounted pods
Bombs: 8,000 lb (3,629 kg) including free-fall bombs, depth charges, and torpedoes

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Let’s see what can be done about a vote…

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Also may want to vote for your own topic (unless you are out of votes)

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Thought I did lol thanks!

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Very well made too…

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Thank you! I try to do professional presentations lol

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Also am I understanding it correctly that their whole plan was to ditch in the ocean or maby make it back to land? Seems real safe…

I’ll stay on the carrier thanks!

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