Air Enthusiast 1998-07
W.Cumming - King of the Seas
Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune 24101 of 405 Squadron, RCAF.
(M)OTC Neptune 24121 alongside Canadair Argus 1 20722 of 415 Squadron, at Summerside, during the mid-1960s. The Argus eventually replaced all the Neptunes in Canadian military service.
Three generations of RCAF anti-submarine patrol aircraft - Lancaster, Neptune and Argus.
Neptune 24101 'XV-101' of 2 (M)OTU over Prince Edward Island shortly after delivery from Lockheed in late 1956. It is sporting a pale blue and white lightning flash and Maritime Air Command beneath the cockpit as well as the OTU crest. The UPD-501 ECM antenna is just visible on the underside of the tip-tank. The -501s were fitted to the aircraft after they arrived in Canada.
Neptune 24110 ‘SP-110’ of 404 Squadron over the east coast of Canada shortly after delivery. Notice the red painted outer wing panels and horizontal stabilisers. Just visible under the wing can be seen the eight rocket pylons. These were reduced to four under each wing when the jets were fitted to the Neptunes.
No.2 (M)OTU 24117 ‘XV-117’ at RCAF Centralia during September 1959 and shortly after retrofit with the Westinghouse J-34 jets under each wing.
The last manufactured and retired Canadian Neptune, 24125, at Patricia Bay, British Columbia, September 1967. This aircraft was assigned to the Canadian Experimental Proving Establishment at RCAF Uplands for use during the Suffield explosion trials in 1964 and 1968.
Neptunes 24123 and 24118 of 407 Squadron in the light blue-grey and white colour scheme with the distinctive RCAF ‘Thunderflash’ along the fuselage. This paint scheme was applied to all Neptunes in the early 1960s.
No.407 Squadron Neptune 24118 overflying two RCN St Laurent-class frigates off Canada’s west coast during the early 1960s. Canadian Neptunes also exercised with US Navy ships.
The RCAF replaced squadron codes on the fuselage sides and under the wings by 1960 - 24102 at RCAF Trenton, May 1960. It is in the late blue scheme with Red Ensign on the tail.
Starboard view of 24106 ‘SP-106’ of 404 Squadron, shortly after delivery.
‘VN-119’, 24119 of 405 Squadron dropping a practice depth charge during a training mission in 1957. No.405’s eagle badge is just visible beneath the cockpit.
Pre-delivery test flight by 24103. The manufacturer’s construction number (8003) is carried on the nosewheel door and on the tail bumper.
Line-up of 407 Squadron Neptunes at RCAF Comox during 1959.
Lockheed P2V-7 Neptune.
A Lancaster Mk.10MR of 404 Squadron carries out a practice torpedo drop over St Margaret’s Bay, New Brunswick, during the early 1950s.
The prototype Canadair Argus Mk.1 in 405 Squadron colours, during an early test flight, June 1957.