Italeri makes a 1/48 scale Tracker buildable as an S-2E/F/G.
"Submarine Killers - NATO Countries get First Look at S2F - US Navy's All-in-One Sub Killer Plane" Naval Aviation News September 1955. VS-26 aboard Antietam during first Tracker deployment to the Med. Numerous photos, including loading underwing rockets and torpedo into weapons bay.
Photo: De Havilland Delivers CS2Fs" Aviation Week December 17, 1956 p.65
"S2F-3 reaches Pacific Fleet - Delivered to VS-41 at North Island". Naval Aviation News May 1961 p.2
"S2F-3 Weapons Trainer - ASW Simulator Pays for Itself" Naval Aviation News July 1962
Photo: S-2 BuNo 133279 flying past a surfaced diesel-electric submarine. All Hands July 1965 p.22
"Fortune Favors the BRave" Photo feature showing VS-33 Trackers at NAS North Island. Naval Aviation News May 1970
"S-2G introduced" Naval Aviation News September 1972 p.43 1 photo.
Douglas Leisy "Stoof" Scale Modeler April 1983 Finishing the Minicraft / Hasegawa 1/72 scale S2F-1 as an aircraft of VS-37.
Photo: Brazilian S-2 reengined with turboprops during catapult tests at Lakehurst. Naval Aviation News May-June 1991 p.9
"Tracker in Transition" S2F BuNo 144725 FlyPast August 1998 1 photo
Photo: S2F-1 of VS-837 in storage. Warbirds International October 2000 p.36
Workbench Reviews: S2F-1 Tracker (Hasegawa/Dragon reissue) FineScale Modeler April 2007 p.63Pual Janicki "Canadian Tracker" Scale Aviation Modeller International December 2013 p.1140-1141 Building the 1/48 Kinetic S-2A kit.
S-2D BuNo 149240 formerly used by the NRL, now on display at Pax River.Report on the crash of a VS-31 Stoof aboard USS Wasp in the early '60s
The P2V-4, first flown in November 1949, was a long-range model with external tanks under the wing tips, the starboard unit also having a searchlight to help spot surfaced submarines at night. The -4s also had the APS-20 radar to a large ventral radome. In order to cope with the increased weight, most -4s had the more powerful R-3350-30W Turbo-Compound engines.
The most produced version of the Neptune, the P2V-5/P-2E was much altered from the -4, with an Emerson nose turret with twin 20mm cannon, and new external tanks, with an APS-8 radar being fitted to the port unit. Later all aircraft lost all gun armament save the dorsal turret, with the nose unit giving way to an observation blister, and an ASQ-8 MAD "stinger" replacing the tail turret.
The P2V-5F restored some of the -5's lost speed performance by fitting J34 turbojets in underwing pods, while the P2V-5FS/SP-2E also had the Julie/Jezebel system fitted. Jet equipped aircraft could carry only four rockets per wing in place of the previous eight. The P2V-5FD/DP-2E was an unarmed converion of -5FS models for launching Firebee target drones.Web Resources:
"Neptune" Naval Aviation News June 1948. A very good article on early Neptune operations, with photos of the nose and tail turrets, bomb bay, and aircraft interior.Photo: "Sub Killer P2V-4 Neptune" Aviation Week March 13, 1950 p.17
"Neptunes probe Arctic Basin" Naval Aviation News November 1961 Survey work over the north Polar region by P2Vs.
"Neptune Crew Finds Astronaut Carpenter". VP-18 P2V locates Scott Carpenter and Aurora 7 Mercury capsule after off-course splash down. Naval Aviation News July 1962
Photo: Keflavik-based P-2 BuNo 131449. All Hands July 1965 p.16
Photo: P-2 BuNo 135596 of VP-11 passing Mount Etna. All Hands July 1965 p.37
Photo: P-2 BuNo 140151 participating in Operation Market Time. All Hands July 1966 p.16.
Photo: Kawasaki P-2J #4707 Air Pictorial October 1971 front cover
Peter J. Howard "The Lockheed Neptune in RAF Service, Pt.2" Air Pictorial September 1972 p.356-360. A well written look at British Neptune operations. Includes a list of serial numbers.Frank A. Tinker "Old Warbirds Fight On" Former military aircraft serving as retardant tankers for the US Forestry Service. Includes several photos of Neptune N128Z in USFS markings with belly tank. Air Classics May 1973
Photo: P2V-3W BuNo 124359 "Cina Lake" at Griffith Park. Warbirds International Summer 1987 p.72
"The Turtle Moves" Naval Aviation News June 1977 p.17. Covers the dissambly of P2V The Turtle at NAS Norfolk for shipment by barge to Pensacola for museum display.
"P-2s at Roosevelt Roads" Naval Aviation News June 1977 p.22
Wally Potts "Lovin Eleven Neptune" Scale Modeler April 1986. Building the Minicraft/Hasegawa 1/72 scale Neptune as P2V-7 BuNo 140155 of VP-11.Photo: P2V-5F BuNo 128393 at NAS Moffett Field. Warbirds International Summer 1987 p.70
Photo: P-2 BuNo 128337 in storage Warbirds International October 2000 p.39
Pete Hogdon "Doomed Neptune" Disposal of P2V-3 BuNo 122944 Warbirds International October 2000 p.40-41
Photo: AP-2H in post-operational storage Warbirds International November 2000 p.47
Photos: P-2 air tankers N96278 and N703AU Warbirds International November 2000 p.61
"Eagles Neptune has secret history" Aeroplane September 2004 p.9 1 photo. P2V-3W BuNo 124359, possibly the only surviving AEW Neptune, in dismantled state.Books