VP-18
NAME:  Flying Phantoms
TAIL CODES: HF (Sept '48 to mid '57) /LG (from mid '57)
Established: 4. February 1953
Disestablished: 10. October 1968 
Last updated: April 11, 2012
Changed format: April 7, 2002
Photo of 141243 added 10 January 2001.
Photos of 140159 and 145914 added 11. April 2001
.
Photos of 147956 and 147964 added July 12. 2002.
Photo of one unidentified P2V-2 added October 19, 2002.
A profile of 140983 added October 20, 2002.
Photo of 140963 added November 8, 2002.
Photo of 135556 added November 23, 2002.
Photo of 128351 added November 24, 2002.
Photo of 135592 added November 28, 2002.
Photo of 135592 added July 24, 2003.
Photo of 135553 added September 22, 2003.
Four photos of 140983 added October 12, 2003

1000 pixel photo of 147955 added January 30, 2004.
Photo of
140975 added January 31, 2004.
A 1000 pixel photo of
147964 added October 7, 2004.
1000 pixel photos of
135592, 140983, 140159, 141239, 141243, 145914 and 147956 added October 7, 2004.
1000 pixel photos of
127782, 128351, 135549, 135553, 135572, 141242 and 141247 added October 24, 2004.
Photo of
135561 added November 01, 2004.
Replaced photo of
147956  and added a 1000 pixel version on August 31, 2005
A photo of
147964 added January 25, 2010.
New photos of
128351, 135592 and 140443 added January 18, 2011
New photos of
140983 and 140986 added April 11, 2012

Click on the Photo for a larger photo
Click on BuNo to get a separate window
with the history of that BuNo as known to me.
Known Neptunes of VP-18 as of April 7, 2002

vp18-256.JPG (27724 bytes)

P2V-2, 
HF8_256.jpg
Photographed near Jacksonville on July 3, 1953. Official USN photo courtesy NAS Jacksonville.

Any assistance with BuNo appreciated.

New October 19, 2002
   
P2V-7, 
hf9-256.jpg (8290 bytes)
Photographed in Prestwick Scotland in August 1955 by Wilfred White.

Any assistance with BuNo appreciated.
   
P2V-5, 127782,
127782-hf12-256.JPG (8319 bytes)
1000 pixels (New October 24. 2004)
Photographed at Argentia Newfoundland in 1955. USN photo, courtesy Ed Cuneo
   
P2V-5, 128351,
128351-hf2-256.JPG (13174 bytes)
1000 pixels (New October 24. 2004)
Photographed in 1955. USN photo, courtesy Ed Cuneo
                       Lower: Date and location unknown. Photographed by Odell, courtesy DavidW. Menard.
P2V-5, 128351,
128351a-hf2-256.jpg (6525 bytes)
Date and location unknown. Photographed in 1954 by Odell, courtesy DavidW. Menard.
P2V-5, 128351,
128351_HF2_256.jpg
Date and location unknown. Photographed in 1954 by Odell, courtesy DavidW. Menard.

New November 24, 2002
128351_HF2_256.jpg
1000 pixels
 Photographed in 1953 at Dayton, Ohio. Courtesy Peter Wright
(
New January 18, 2011)

 
P2V-7, 135547,
135547-lg2-256.JPG (8306 bytes)
Date and location unknown. Photograph courtesy William P. Keyes jr
   
SP-2H, 135549,
135549-lg19-256.JPG
1000 pixels (New October 24. 2004)
Date and location unknown.
   
P2V-7, 135553,
135553-hf12-256.JPG (8095 bytes)
1000 pixels (New October 24. 2004)
Photographed at Blackbushe, England in 1956 or early 1957 by Arthur Pearcy.
P2V-7, 135553,
135553_HF12_256.jpg
Photographed at NAS Keflavik in 1956 or early 1957
USNavy photo.
New September 22, 2003
 
P2V-7, 135556,
135556_HF2_256.jpg
Photographed in England in 1957. Courtesy MAP
New November 23, 2002
   
P2V-7, 135560.
135560-hf6-256.JPG (7866 bytes)
1000 pixels (New October 24. 2004)
Photographed at Blackbushe, England in 1956 or early 1957 by Arthur Pearcy
   
P2V-7, 135561.
135561_HF5_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed over the USA on
March 1, 1956.
Courtesy Norm Taylor Archives.
New November 01, 2004
   
P2V-7, 135572.
135572-lg12-256.JPG (6601 bytes)
1000 pixels (New October 24. 2004)
Photographed at Blackbushe, England on 30. March 1958 by Arthur Pearcy.
   
P2V-7, 135592.
135592-lg8-256.jpg (7300 bytes)
Photographed in England in 1959. Courtesy MAP
SP-2H, 135592.
135592b-lg12-256.jpg (7338 bytes)
135592a-lg12-256.jpg
Photographed at Prestwick, Scotland in October 1963 by Wilfred White.
New November 28, 2002
SP-2H, 135592.
135592_LG12_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New October 10. 2004)
Photographed at Dublin, Ireland on July 27, 1963. Photo Ray Flynn.
New July 24, 2003
135592_LG10_P2V7_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed near NAS Jacksonville in 1964. Courtesy Donald Bailey.
New January 18, 2011
P2V-7, 140159.
140159-lg6-256.jpg
1000 pixels (New February 10, 2010)
Photographed by Robin A. Walker at Blackbushe, England on February 28, 1960 and used with his permission.
Courtesy
AB-PIC
   
P2V-7, 140443.
140443_LG9_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed near NAS Jacksonville in 1964. Courtesy Donald Bailey.
New January 18, 2011
   
P2V-7, 140963.
140963_LG9_256.jpg
A very bad photographed
included for completeness. Date and location unknown.
New November 8, 2002.
   
P2V-7, 140975.
140975_LG8_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New 31. jan. 2004)
Photographed marked for Unitas VII. USN photo.
New January 31, 2004
   
SP-2H, 140983.
140983_LG6_4_256.jpg
Photographed at Reykjavik airport on 25. August 1963. Photographer unknown.
New October 12, 2003.
140983-lg6-256.jpg (8138 bytes)
140983-lg6-256.jpg (8138 bytes)
1000 pixels (New October 10. 2004)
Photographed at Reykjavik airport on 25. August 1963 by Baldur Sveinsson.
SP-2H, 140983.
140983_LG6_1_256.jpg
140983_LG6_2_256.jpg
140983_LG6_3_256.jpg
Photographed at Reykjavik airport on 25. August 1963. Photographer unknown.
New October 12, 2003
SP-2H, 140983.
140983_LG6_Aurora_7_256.jpg
A superb profile by Jeffery Cultice of this Neptune that was involved in the search and rescue of Astronaut Scott Carpenter after his Mercury spacecraft overshot its landing area on May 24, 1962.

New October 20, 2002
140983_LG11_Steve_WILSON_256.jpg
1000 pixels
US Navy photo, courtesy Steve Wilson..
New April 11, 2012
140983_LG3_Steve_WILSON_256.jpg
1000 pixels
US Navy photo, courtesy Steve Wilson..
New April 11, 2012
SP-2H, 140986.
140986-lg8-256.jpg
1000 pixels (New April 11, 2012)
USN photograph during Cuba crisis in 1962
   
P2V-7, 141239.
141239-lg9-256.jpg (8847 bytes)
1000 pixels (New October 10. 2004)
Photographed at Blackbushe, England in 1959. Courtesy MAP.
   
P2V-7,141242.
141242-lg8-256.JPG (8411 bytes)
1000 pixels (New October 24. 2004)
Photographed at Blackbushe, England on 30. March 1958 by Arthur Pearcy.
   
P2V-7, 141243
141243-lg5-256.JPG
USN photo. Bad quality. Included for completeness. Date and location unknown.
P2V-7, 141243
141243-lg5-a-256.JPG
1000 pixels (New October 10. 2004)
Photographed at NAS Jacksonville. Courtesy Richard Johnson.
 
P2V-7, 141247.
141247-lg6-256.JPG (9101 bytes)
1000 pixels (New October 24. 2004)
Photographed at Blackbushe, England on 30. March 1958 by Arthur Pearcy.
   
P-2H, 145914.
145914-lg5-256.jpg
1000 pixels (New October 10. 2004)
Photographed at Blackbushe, England on 30. March 1958 by Arthur Pearcy.
   
SP-2H, 147955.  
147955-lg1-256.JPG
1000 pixels (New 30. jan. 2004)
USN photograph. Date and location unknown.
   
P-2H, 147956.
147956_LG-7_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New August 31, 2005)
Photographed at Reykjavik Airport on 25. August 1963 by  Baldur Sveinsson
New scan Ausgust 31, 2005
P-2H, 147956.
147956-lg7-256.JPG (11210 bytes)
1000 pixels (New October 10. 2004)
Photographed at Reykjavik Airport on 25. August 1963 Photographer unknown..
P-2H, 147956.
147956_LG7_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New October 10. 2004)
Photographed at England. Date and photographer unknown. Courtesy MAP
SP-2H, 147964.
147964-lg11-256.jpg (8855 bytes)
1000 pixels (New October 7, 2004)
Photographed in September 1963. Courtesy MAP
SP-2H, 147964.
147954-lg24-256.JPG (9479 bytes)
Photographed at Roosevelt Roads in 1968 by Richard Olson.

Identified as 147964 vs. of 147954
July 6, 2006
SP-2H, 147964.
147964_LG24_6808_JMF_Mild_256.JPG (9479 bytes)
1000 pixels
Photographed at Mildenhall in August 1968 by Jack M. Friell..
January 25, 2010 
SP-2H, 148359.
148359-lg1-256.jpg (8015 bytes)
Decommisioning photo. USN photograph courtesy Clay Wickstrom
   
SP-2H, 148361.
148361-lg7-256.jpg
USN photograph. Date and location unknown.
   
Send any comments to: Baldur@verslo.is Back to the index  

Known Neptunes of VP-18 as of April 7, 2002