Lockheed P2V Neptune aircraft of VP-21

VP-21
NAME: Black Jacks
TAIL CODES: HC ('53 to mid '57) / LH (from mid '57)
Established: 1. September 1948
Disestablished: 21. November 1969
Last updated: April 13, 2012
Changed format: April 8, 2002
New photo of 148355 added February 11, 2003.
Comment on 141231 and 147959 added on February 12, 2003.
Photo of 135556 added September 23, 2003.
Photo of 135556 added October 11, 2003.
Photo of 126526 added November 20, 2003.
Link to new
VP-21 website added November 20, 2002
1000 pixel photo of 141242 added January 30, 2004
1000 pixel photo of 144681 added January 30, 2004.
Photos of
135556, and 1000 pixel photos of 141231, 141242and 148355 added February 20, 2004
Photos of
140159, 140432, 140962, 147952 and 148355 added September 3, 2004
Photo of
145915 added September 4, 2004.
Photo of
145915 added September 6, 2004.
Photo of
145906 and anonymous SP-2H added October 5, 2004.
Photo af
147959 added April 19, 2006.
Caption for
143176 updated June 26, 2006
Photo of
148340 added June 30, 2006.
Caption for
126527 updated January 28, 2008
Photos of
HC-2, HC-9, 147952 and 148355 added January 25, 2010
1000 pixel photo of
127763 added February 1, 2011.
Photos of
135556 and 148340 added April 13, 2012.

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with the history of that BuNo as known to me.
Known Neptunes of VP-21 as of April 8, 2002

History of VP-21 when equipped with Neptunes excerpted from the
"
DICTIONARY OF AMERICAN NAVAL AVIATION SQUADRONS—Volume 2"

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The VP-21 and VPB-111 (WWII predecessor to VP-21) Veterans Association have a new official website.
It is at
www.vp-21.org and www.vpb-111.org.

P2V-6 HC-3
P2V-6_HC-3_256.jpg
Probably taken in the Azores in 1956.
Photo by Cam Perrone.
Courtesy Bob Wilson of VP-10
P2V-6 HC-2
HC2_P2V-6_1955_490B453154_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Taken at the Armed Forces Day at
Presque Isle ME 1955 .
Courtesy Harkleroad's photos at the
VP-21 Website.
New January 25, 2010
P2V-6 HC-9
HC9_1954_P2V-6_4DC4AD3E71_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Taken over the Mediterranian in 1954
Courtesy Harkleroad's photos at the
VP-21 Website.
New January 25, 2010
SP-2H LH-?? (135556?)
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Anonymous Neptune of VP-21 during the spring of 1965 (April?) at NAS Brunswick. Photo by David Wilding.
After reviewing the record cards, the only 1355?? Neptune assigned to VP-21 during that time was 135556, which was tranferred to VP-7 in October, to be reassigned to VP-21 in April 1966.
New October 5, 2004
   
P2V-6, 126521,
126521_HC2_256.jpg
Photographed around 1953.
Courtesy
VP-21 website.
New January 18
P2V-6, 126521,
1265421_HC2_Gibraltar_256.jpg
Photographed around 1953. Mishap at Gibraltar.
Courtesy VP-21 website.
New January 18
 
P2V-6, 126523,
126523-hc11-256.JPG (8620 bytes)
Photographed at Wilmington N.C in 1954 by McDaniel, courtesy Jim Sullivan and Wayne Mutza.
   
P2V-6, 126526,
126526_HC7_256.jpg
Photographed in Wilmington NC. in 1954. Courtesy Paul McDaniel
New November 20, 2003
   
P2V-6, 126527,
126530-hc5-256.JPG (8620 bytes)
Photographed on 28 August 1954 at the Malta Air show at RNAS Hal Far by Brian Pendlebury
   
P2V-6, 126530,
126530-hc5-256.JPG (8620 bytes)
Location, time and photographer unknown. Courtesy Richard L. Ward.
   
P2V-6, 126533,
126533-HC9_256.jpg
Location, time and photographer unknown, but was HC-9 from at least May 53 to Oct 54, according to Ron Lenhoff.
Photo courtesy
Eugene N. Wiley wilee@btconline.net.
   
P2V-6, 131554,
131554_HC1_256.jpg
Series of photos (Official Navy Photos) taken during the making of a training film on the use of JATO with the P2V. Location: NAS Norfolk, Virginia - Aircraft: P2V-6B - BUNO 131554 - Squadron: VP-21 - Home Base: NAS Brunswick, Maine - Date: May 14-21, 1954..." Contributed by Robert Wolen, Courtesy VPNavy.com
   
P2V-5F, 127732,
127732-hc2-256.JPG
Date and location unknown. Courtesy David W. Menard..
   
P2V-5F, 127750,
127750-lh9-256.JPG
Probably photographed in England in 1957. Courtesy MAP
   
P2V-5F, 127763,
127763-hc1-256.JPG (8620 bytes)
1000 pixels (New February 1, 2011)
Photographed at Blackbushe in 1957 by Arthur Pearcy.
   
P2V-5F, 127770,
127770-hc7-256.JPG
Photographed in England in 1957. Courtesy MAP.
   
P2V-5F, 127777,
127777-lh11-256.JPG
1000 pixels (New February 9, 2010)
Photographed by Robin A. Walker at Blackbushe, England on July 20, 1957 and used with his permission.
Courtesy AB-PIC 
   
P2V-7, 135547,
135547-lh5-256.JPG
Photographed in Prestwick in May 1962. Courtesy Wilfred White
P2V-7, 135547,
135547_LH5_256.jpg
Probably photographed in Prestwick. Date and photographer unknown. Courtesy MAP
New July 12, 2002..
 
P2V-7, 135549,
135549_LH2_256.jpg
Photographed by Ken Garvin in 1963, during the Sigonella deployment.
New January 21, 2003
P2V-7, 135549,
135549_LH2_a_256.jpg
Photographed by Dale E. Woods in 1963, during the Sigonella deployment.
New January 21, 2003
 
SP-2H, 135556,
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1000 pixels
Anonymous Neptune of VP-21 during the spring of 1965 (April?) at NAS Brunswick. Photo by David Wilding.
After reviewing the record cards, the only 1355?? Neptune assigned to VP-21 during that time was 135556, which was tranferred to VP-7 in October, to be reassigned to VP-21 in April 1966.
New October 5, 2004
135556_LH6_DW_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Taken of the VP-21 flightline at NAS Brunswick by David Wilding
New April 13, 2012
135556-lh6-256.jpg (8479 bytes)
Photographed in 1966 by Steve Kaiser.
 
SP-2H, 135556,
135556_LH6_w-RussianSub_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New February 20,. 2004)
LH-6 over a Russian Whiskey class sub. Date, location and photographer unknown.
Courtesy Mike Walsh.
New October 11, 2003
135556_LH6_2_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New February 20,. 2004)
Taken in 1965. Courtesy Rick Hully and the VP-21 Website.
New February 20, 2004
135556_LH-6_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New February 20,. 2004)
Taken in 1965. Courtesy Rick Hully and the VP-21 Website.
New February 20, 2004
SP-2H, 135556,
135556_LH-6_256.jpg
Date, location and photographer unknown.
Courtesy Mahlon K. Miller.
New September 23, 2003
135556_LH6_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New February 20,. 2004)
Taken in 1965. Courtesy Rick Hully and the VP-21 Website.
New February 20, 2004
SP-2H, 135570,
135570-lh11-256.jpg
1000 pixels (New February 9, 2010)
Photographed by Robin A. Walker at West Malling, England  on June 8, 1960 and used with his permission.
Courtesy AB-PIC 
SP-2H, 135570,
135570-lh11-256.jpg
1000 pixels (New February 9, 2010)
Photographed by George Trussell at West Malling, England  on August 6, 1960 and used with his permission.
Courtesy AB-PIC 
SP-2H, 135574,
135574_LH12_256.jpg
Photographed in Brunswick Maine in December 1959.
   
SP-2H, 140152,
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1000 pixels (New February 9, 2010)
Photographed by Robin A. Walker at Blackbushe, England on November 15, 1958 and used with his permission.
Courtesy AB-PIC 
   
SP-2H, 140159,
140159_LH5_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed with the onboard KE-28 recon camera by David Wilding in 1967.
A collection of 500 his VP-21 photos can be found at the
VP-21 Website. He has kindly granted me permission to use his Neptune images here. New September 3, 2004
   
SP-2H, 140432,
140432-lh3-256.JPG
Date and location unknown.  Courtesy MAP.
SP-2H, 140432,
140432_LH5_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed in Rota during the January - July 1967 deployment by David Wilding. 
A little engine problem.  A collection of 500 his VP-21 photos can be found at the
VP-21 Website. He has kindly granted me permission to use his Neptune images here. New September 3, 2004
 
SP-2H, 140962,
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1000 pixels
Photographed at Brunswick in May 1966 by David Wilding.  A collection of 500 his VP-21 photos can be found at the VP-21 Website. He has kindly granted me permission to use his Neptune images here.
New September 3, 2004
SP-2H, 140962,
140962_LH12_a_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed in Rota during the January - July 1967 deployment by David Wilding.  A collection of 500 his VP-21 photos can be found at the VP-21 Website. He has kindly granted me permission to use his Neptune images here.
140962_LH12_b_256.jpg
1000 pixels Mishap at Rota
140962_LH12_c_256.jpg
1000 pixels
New September 3, 2004
SP-2H, 140962,
140962-lh6-256.JPG (7909 bytes)
Photographed in 1967 by Steve Kaiser.

 

SP-2H, 140965,
140965-lh2-256.JPG
USN Photograph. Date and location unknown.
   
SP-2H, 140974,
140974-lh14-256.JPG
USN Photograph. Date and location unknown. Included for completeness.
   
SP-2H, 140978,
140978-lh2-256.JPG
Location, time and photographer unknown. Courtesy Richard L. Ward.
   
SP-2H, 141231
141231-lh10-256.JPG
USN photo. Bad reproduction taken from Naval Aviation News in January 1965.
Included for completeness.
Comment from Dale E. Woods.
The aircraft was en route to Sigonella, Sicily from Rota, Spain after returning from 8 days south of Casablanca, Morocco as part of Project Mercury.  We were a Launch/Recovery unit for Astronaut Gordon Cooper in May of 63. See here for formation photo of LH-1 and LH-10
SP-2H, 141231
141231_LH10_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New February 20,. 2004)
Photographed by Ken Garvin in 1963, during the Sigonella deployment. Courtesy
VP-21 website.
New January 18, 2003
 
SP-2H, 141242
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1000 pixels (New 30. jan. 2004)
USN photo taken at NAS Sigonella on March 26, 1963 by PH3 James Graver.
Courtesy Mahlon K. Miller.

New October 20, 2002
SP-2H, 141242
141242_LH3_a_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New February 20,. 2004)
Photographed by Ken Garvin in 1963, during the Sigonella deployment. Courtesy
VP-21 website
New January 18, 2002
SP-2H, 141242
141242-lh3-256.JPG
Photographed in Prestwick, Scotland in Oct/Nov 1965. Courtesy Wilfred White.

 

SP-2H, 141243
141243_LH8_256.jpg
Photographed by Dale E. Woods in 1963, during the Sigonella deployment.
New January 21, 2003
   
SP-2H, 143172
144681-lh6-256.jpg (6686 bytes)
USN photo, taken in August, 1963.
   
SP-2H, 143173,
143173-lh1-256.jpg (6686 bytes)
Taken in 1957. USN photo.
SP-2H, 143173,
143173_LH1_a_256.jpg
Flying in 1957. USN photo.
SP-2H, 143173,
143173-lh7-256.JPG (9855 bytes)
1000 pixels (New February 9, 2010)
Photographed by Robin A. Walker at Blackbushe, England on November 16, 1958 and used with his permission.
Courtesy AB-PIC 
SP-2H, 143175,
143175-lh33-256.jpg
Date unknown. Taken at Luqa, Malta by G. Mangion
   
SP-2H, 143176,
143176-lh34-256.jpg (9314 bytes)
Photographed at NAS Brunswick by squadron photographer Les Swope, sometime in 1969 just prior to decommissioning.
Courtesy
Thom McCaughey
Caption updated June 26, 2006
   
SP-2H, 144681
143176-lh34-256.jpg (9314 bytes)
1000 pixels (New January 31. 2004)
USN photo, taken in August, 1963.
SP-2H, 144681
144681-lh6-a-256.JPG
USN photo from VP-21 history.
 
SP-2H, 145904,
145904_LH5_256.jpg
Photographed by Ken Garvin in 1963, during the Sigonella deployment. Small part of a larger photograph.
New January 21, 2003
   
SP-2H, 145906.
145906a-lh8-256.JPG (10252 bytes)
Photographed at Reykjavik airport at the Airshow August 31, 1965 by Arngrímur Sigurðsson.
145906a-lh8-256.JPG (10252 bytes)
1000 pixels
New October 8, 2004
SP-2H, 145906.
145906-lh8-256.JPG (10382 bytes)
Photographed at Reykjavik airport at the Airshow on August 31, 1965 by Arngrímur Sigurðsson.
SP-2H, 145906.
145906_LH8_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed at
NAS Keflavik by David Wilding during March 1966. Taken from the currently just restored and updated hangar which housed the VP units since about 1957.
New October 5, 2004
SP-2H, 145907,
145907-lh8-256.JPG (8128 bytes)
Photographed at Blackbushe on 21. March 1960. Courtesy MAP.
   
SP-2H, 145908,
145908_LH7_256.jpg
Photographed at
Sigonella, Sicily in 1960 by Frank Balogh Jr.
New June 23, 2002.
   
SP-2H, 145909,
145909-lh5-256.JPG (9453 bytes)
1000 pixels (New February 9, 2010)
Photographed by Robin A. Walker at Blackbushe, England  on May 15, 1960 and used with his permission.
This was the last Neptune to land at Blackbushe before it was closed.
Courtesy AB-PIC .
SP-2H, 145909,
145909_LH5_256.jpg
Photographed at
Prestwick, Scotland in July 1960 by Wilfred White.
SP-2H, 145909,
145909_LH5_2_256.jpg
Photographed at
Prestwick, Scotland in July 1960 by Wilfred White.
New July 12, 2002.
SP-2H, 145915,
145915_LH23_a_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Date, location and photographer unknown. Sometime in 1968 or 69 though, due to the LH-23 side number. Courtesy VP-21 website, Frank Balogh Jr.
New Septmeber 4, 2004.
SP-2H, 145915,
145915_LH23_a_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Date, location and photographer unknown. Sometime in 1968 or 69 though, due to the LH-23 side number. Courtesy VP-21 website, Frank Balogh Jr.
New Septmeber 6, 2004.
 
SP-2H, 147952,
147952_LH7_650921_Mdhall_TB_28_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Taken at Mildenhal on September 21, 1965 by TB. Courtesy Jack M. Friell.
New January 25, 2010
14795_lh7-256.jpg
Probably 147952. From the collection of Angelo Romano,  courtesy Chris Doherty
.
SP-2H, 147952,
147952_LH7_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed at NAS Keflavik by David Wilding during the August 1965 to January 1966 deployment.  A collection of 500 his VP-21 photos can be found at the VP-21 Website. He has kindly granted me permission to use his Neptune images here.
New September 3, 2004
SP-2H, 147952,
147952-lh1-256.jpg (11974 bytes)
Photographed in the USA in June 1966.
SP-2H, 147959,
147959-lh1-256.JPG
USN photo. Bad reproduction taken from Naval Aviation News in January 1965.  Included for completeness.
Comment from Dale E. Woods.
The aircraft was en route to Sigonella, Sicily from Rota, Spain after returning from 8 days south of Casablanca, Morocco as part of Project Mercury.  We were a Launch/Recovery unit for Astronaut Gordon Cooper in May of 63. See here for formation photo of LH-1 and LH-10
SP-2H, 147959,
147959-lh13-256.JPG (9390 bytes)
Photographed in the USA probably in 1968. Courtesy AAHS D2502.

Probably photographed at NAS Brunswick on July 30, 1966 like the photo to the right
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SP-2H, 147959,
147959_LH13_1966-07-30_256.JPG (9390 bytes)
1000 pixels
Photographed at NAS Brunswick on July 30, 1966 by Thomas Cuddy II.
Courtesy Steve Miller
New April 19, 2006
SP-2H, 147966.
147966-lh7_256.jpg
Date, location and photographer unknown. Courtesy MAP.
SP-2H, 147966.
147966_LH7_256.jpg
Photographed by Dale E. Woods in 1962  at Roosevelt Roads.
New January 21, 2003
 
SP-2H, 148340,
148340_LH24_69-05-17_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed at Lakenheath on May 17, 1969 by Ken Prentice.
New June 30, 2006
SP-2H, 148340,
148340_LH4_DW_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed at the VP-21 flightline at NAS Brunswick, Maine by David Wilding.
New April 13, 2012 
 
SP-2H, 148341
148341-lh1-256.JPG
USN photo from VP-21 history.
SP-2H, 148341
148341_LH1_256.jpg
Photographed by Dale E. Woods in 1963, during the Sigonella deployment.
New January 21, 2003
 
SP-2H, 148355,
148355_LH1_650921_Mdhall_26_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Taken at Mildenhal on September 21, 1965 by TB. Courtesy Jack M. Friell.
New January 25, 2010
148355a-lh1-256.jpg (7424 bytes)
Date, location and photographer unknown. Courtesy Wayne Mutza.

148355_LH1_b_256.jpg
Photographed at Turnhouse, Scotland on June 4, 1962 by Jacques T Baker. Courtesy Dale E. Woods.
New February 11, 2003
148355_LH4_256.jpg
1000 pixels (New February 20,. 2004)
Photographed by Ken Garvin in 1963, during the Sigonella deployment. Courtesy
VP-21 website.
New January 18, 2003
SP-2H, 148355,
148355-lh1-256.JPG (8050 bytes)
Taken at Mildenhall in September 1965. Photographer unknown.
148355_LH1_256.jpg
Courtesy Candid Aero Files
New July 12, 2002.
148355_LH1_d_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed at Key West in July to October 1966 by David Wilding.  A collection of 500 his VP-21 photos can be found at the VP-21 Website. He has kindly granted me permission to use his Neptune images here.
New September 3, 2004
148355_LH1_c_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed at Key West in July to October 1966 by David Wilding.  A collection of 500 his VP-21 photos can be found at the VP-21 Website. He has kindly granted me permission to use his Neptune images here.
New September 3, 2004
148355_LH1_e_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed at Key West in July to October 1966 by David Wilding.  A collection of 500 his VP-21 photos can be found at the VP-21 Website. He has kindly granted me permission to use his Neptune images here.
New September 3, 2004
SP-2H, 148355,
148355-lh-256.jpg (7586 bytes)
Photographed at NAS North Island on 28 April 1967. Courtesy Jeff Cultice
148355_LH_256.jpg
Probably also photographed at NAS North Island on 28 April 1967. Photogapher unknown. Courtesy MAP.
New January 17, 2003.
148355_LH1_a_256.jpg
1000 pixels
Photographed at Key West in July to October 1966 by David Wilding.  A collection of 500 his VP-21 photos can be found at the VP-21 Website. He has kindly granted me permission to use his Neptune images here.
New September 3, 2004
148355_LH1_f_256.jpg
Photographed at Key West in July to October 1966 by David Wilding.  A collection of 500 his VP-21 photos can be found at the VP-21 Website. He has kindly granted me permission to use his Neptune images here.
New September 3, 2004
 
SP-2H, 148356,
148356-lh9-256.jpg (8348 bytes)
Photographed at Reykjavik Airport during 1965.
SP-2H, 148356,
148356_LH9_2_256.jpg
Photographed at Reykjavik Airport during 1965.
New January 17, 2003.
 
141231 LH-10 & 147959 LH-1lh1-lh10-256.jpg
Comment from Dale E. Woods.
The aircraft was en route to Sigonella, Sicily from Rota, Spain after returning from 8 days south of Casablanca, Morocco as part of Project Mercury.  We were a Launch/Recovery unit for Astronaut Gordon Cooper in May of 63.
   
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Known Neptunes of VP-21 as of April 8, 2002