Lockheed SP-2H Neptune

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Lockheed SP-2H Neptune

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LOCKHEED P2V - 7S /SP - 2H NEPTUNE 204: This aircraft (204) was operated by the air arm of the Netherlands Royal Navy – the Koninklijke or Marineluchtvaartdienst (MLD); and is on display at RAF Cosford Museum.
In 22 Jul 82 - Flown from Valkenburg to Aerospace Museum, RAF Cosford, escorted by crew ferry Breguet SP 13A Atlantic 258.
Presented on permanent loan by the Dutch Ministry of Defence (Navy). Loan converted to donation 2007.

The P-2H Neptune is a land based maritime patrol and anti-submarine aircraft. It was designed during WWII and is powered by two piston engines and two jet pods to assist in take-off and for extra power when required to reach submarine contacts. Its first flight was on 15 May 1945 and squadron delivery was in March 1947. More than 1100 were built and no other post war maritime patrol aircraft has been built in such large numbers.

Bought by several armed forces, the Neptune served with the Royal Air Force in six squadrons of Coastal Command and on one flight (No.1453 Flight) for Airborne Early Warning Trials during the period 1952 to 1957.

Source; RAF Cosford Museum

History; 3 page PDF

Photograph taken during a visit to RAF Cosford Museum (poss 2014).
G/son No. 1 looking at the aircraft while G/son No. 3 takes a look at the next exhibit on the route - a Nimrod.
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