John & Anne Wiley

2016/09/15

Lockheed P-2 Neptune N807NA

Filed under: Aviation,Flying,Has Photos,Random — John @ 19:47

For our fellow aviation enthusiasts, here’s a long zoom pic of a venerable aircraft. This Lockheed P-2 Neptune (appropriately operated by Neptune Aviation Services of Missoula), tail number N807NA (sn.131424), zipped past us near Lake Shasta powered by a pair of R3350-32WA radial engines (jets apparently removed) on the way to a fire. At this distance in the smoke we’d probably have missed it, but ATC let us know to look.

9973 Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune

9973 Lockheed P2V-5 Neptune

I’m especially curious about the life story of this plane, given the extensive action reports on this WWII era designed and many deployments including the Korean, Vietnam and Falklands Wars as described in the Neptune wiki. This type also held the un-refueled piston-engine long distance record from 1946 until 1986.

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