Military History Books
by Harold A. Skaarup   www.SilverHawkAuthor.com   
 
Canadian Warplanes 5: The Post War Piston Era, Lockheed CP-122 Neptune

Canadian Warplanes of the Post War Piston Era, Lockheed CP-122 Neptune

Data current to 3 Jan 2019.

 (RCAF Photo via Chris Charland)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune (Serial No. 24117).

Lockheed CP-122/P2V-7/CL-826-45-14 Neptune (25), (Serial Nos. 24101-24125).

The Lockheed P-2V Neptune was a Maritime patrol and anti-submarine warfare (ASW) aircraft developed for the US Navy.  The Canadian version of the Lockheed Neptune (P2V7) served as an anti-submarine, anti-shipping and maritime reconnaissance aircraft in the RCAF Maritime Air Command from 1955, replacing the Avro Lancaster maritime aircraft.  The Canadian P2V7 was fitted with piston engines, although initially, in 1959, the Neptunes had two underwing Westinghouse J34 jet engine pods retrofitted, similar to those fitted to US Navy variants.  Armament included two torpedoes, mines, depth charges, bombs carried internally plus unguided rockets mounted externally underwing.  A total of 25 Neptunes served with RCAF Nos. 404, 405 and 407 squadrons until 1960.  With the unification of the Canadian Forces in 1968, the Neptune was retired and retroactively re-designated the CP-122.  The RCAF Neptune was replaced by the Canadair CP-107 Argus in the same year.

 (DND Photo via Chris Charland)

An RCAF Neptune and CP-107 Argus Mk. 1 at RCAF Station Summerside.  No. 407 "Demon" (MP) Squadron at Comox, British Columbia, was the last unit to use the Neptune operationally.

(RCAF Photo)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24102).

 (City of Vancouver Archives Photo, AM1376-: CVA 1376-330)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24102), flying over English Bay, British Columbia, ca 1950s.

(RCAF Photo)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24102).

(RCAF Photo)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24102).

 (RCAF Photo via James Craik)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24104).

 (RCAF Photo via James Craik)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24106).

 (RCAF Photo via James Craik)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24106).

 (RCAF Photo via James Craik(

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24106).

 (RCAF Photo via James Craik)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24106) firing rockets.

 (RCAF Photo via James Craik)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24106).

 (RCAF Photo via James Craik)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24106).

 (RCAF Photo via James Craik)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24106).

 (RCAF Photo)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24111).

 (RCAF Photo)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24113).

 (RCAF Photo)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24116).

 (RCAF Photo via James Craik)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune flight line.

 (DND Photo via Mike Kaehler)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24117).

 (RCAF Photo via James Craik)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24117).

 (RCAF Photo via James Craik)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24119), in formation with Avro CF-100 Canuck Mk. 5 (Serial No. 18631).

 (DND Photo via Brian Rempel)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24120).

(Peter Behring Photo)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24121).

 (RCAF Photo via James Craik)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF (Serial No. 24123).

 (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3585050)

Lockheed CP-122 Neptune, RCAF, cockpit, 4 Jan 1955.

 (Author Photos)

Lockheed EP-2H Neptune, ex-USN (BuNo. 147969), c/n 7219, first flown by the USN in 1960, later Reg. No. N702AU.  It has been on loan to the RCAF since it was flown to CFB Greenwood on 27 Aug 1980.  This aircraft was initially painted dark blue to represent an RCAF CP-122 Neptune and marked as RCAF (Serial No. 24117).  It was repainted in 2008 as RCAF (Serial No. 24101).