NEPTUNE
NEPTUNE

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 fire fighters after their military service and some continue to operate in this role.

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