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P2V-5F Neptune VP-8 in flight c1958

A P2V-5F of the US Navy.

The Lockheed P-2 Neptune (originally designated P2V until September 1962) was a maritime patrol and ASW aircraft. It was developed for the United States Navy by Lockheed to replace the Lockheed PV-1 Ventura and PV-2 Harpoon, and being replaced in turn with the Lockheed P-3 Orion. Designed as a land-based aircraft, the Neptune never made a carrier landing, although a small number of aircraft were converted and deployed as carrier launched stop-gap nuclear bombers which would have to ditch or recover at land bases. The type was successful in export , saw service with several armed forces and built under license as turboprop-powered version Kawasaki P-2J for the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force. The CIA also operated a small number for covert operations under the Air Force's RB-69 designation.

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