The P2V-5, which first flew on Dec. 29, 1950, was the most-produced version of the Neptune. The P2V-5 replaced the nose cone in earlier versions with a turret, and included an APS-20 radar and enlarged wing tip fuel tanks. The Neptune could carry up to 8,000 pounds of mines, torpedoes, bombs or depth charges, and had a range of almost 5,000 miles. The Neptune was never carrier based, but operated from land only. Prior to the introduction of the P-3 Orion in the mid 1960's, the Neptune was the primary land-based anti-submarine patrol craft, intended to be operated as a the hunter of a '""Hunter-Killer"" group, with destroyers employed as killers. In addition to the US Navy, the P2V-5 served in Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Great Britain, The Netherlands and Portugal.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!