The Lockheed Neptune was developed as the P2V in the nineteen forties as naval patrol and anti-submarine aircraft. The US Forces were a large user, but also the Dutch Naval Air Service used various versions, like the P2V-5 and SP-2H. Fitted with two prop engines, often 2 additional pods with jets were fitted for dash speed capability. It carried a large crew.
Lockheed Neptune MLD (Dutch naval air service)
This particular Neptune P2V-7 (SP-2H) with code "216" is preserved at the museum Traditiekamer De Kooij / Den Helder. It flew with the MLD from 1965-1980.
Photographed 2010 by Cees Hendriks (c) copyright
This Neptune P2V-7 (SP-2H) with code "201" was located at the MLM Soesterberg.
Photographed by Fred Bachofner (c) copyright
The same aircraft got a new paint coat and is now on display outside the new Dutch National Military Museum (NMM) at the former Soesterberg airbase, The Netherlands.
Photographed July 2015 by Meindert de Vreeze (c) copyright
Here a selection of various Dutch Neptunes is seen. The type flew with the MLD from 1965-1980.
Photographed/ Collection Fred Bachofner (c) copyright
This P2V-7 Neptune has Bu.no148335 was used by the French Marine Nationale, probably Flotille 25F with code 335. This naval service used several versions of the Neptune. Restored and seen at Musée de l'Air et de l'Espace at Paris Le Bourget.
Photographed April 2016 by Meindert de Vreeze (c) copyright
In 1/72 scale, the old FROG model is actually the only one. The kit was later released also by Hasegawa as well as Revell. This model is one of the few plastic Neptune models available.
This walk around page was first created September 2013 by M. de Vreeze