Lockheed SP-2H Neptune N173AM (c/n 7129).
Other markings: 1P334 (AMARC identifier) and its BuNo.143173 (US) Navy. It was reported part of the museum
display on 16Sep02. There is a photo at the bottom of my Greybull 1994 page, look for updates by Mark Saxon (2009) and
Upon the demise of H&P it was for sale in Jan.2005 by CourtesyAircraft.com for 75.000.
Reg'd 29Sep05 for Pride Capital Group of Deerfield,IL. Reported 29Jul06 still in museum compound at Greybull.
Sold at the August 2006 auction, reg'd 17Nov06 to Mommsen Enterprises of Sheridan,WY.
Then on 03Sep08 registered to one
Richard C. Camp of Burke,VA as N173AM. What was the dream?
During a 16Nov2008 visit it went unnoticed, it may have been hiding in the hangar? But here we can confirm its presence.
On ww.warbirdregistry.org/neptuneregistry/neptune-143173 I found 'Displayed at Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting, Greybull, WY, 1998-2006.' Moved back to the yard for restoration? For in the summer of 2017 Brian Duxbury found it
back at the museum: Photos by Friends & Guests #51 - more complete than I saw it here (the glass nose).
US Navy. For explanation of that scribbled
41-6868 41-6363 #61 on there, I can offer:
"..this is the DRMS (Defense Reutilzation and Marketing Service) sale number 41-6868 and 143173 would have been
item number 61 in that sale. I have plenty of old DRMS sales catalogues, but sadly not for sale number
41-6868. But I believe that sale was held at Davis Monthan in 1987."
Nb- when I compiled this page I read 41-6868, but Brian Duxbury corrected me in 2017: closer examination shows 41-6363!
Ex/ BuNo. 143173
Lockheed P-2H N2216S (c/n 7231). Ex US Navy BuNo. 148346.
N2216S was bought by Neptune Aviation Services of Missoula,MT and registered on 08Jan07.
But with Neptune now converting to jets I doubt whether N2216S will be of much
further use to them.
I a considerable state of disrepair: Lockheed P-2H N128HP (c/n 7074, ex/ BuNo.140972, AMARC 1P307)
I photographed it in August 1994 as N2215G, but it was reregistered as N128HP on 22May97 (still for HP).
And it was also bought by Neptune Aviation Services of Missoula,MT (on 08Jan07).
Maybe they took the best bits.
Hard to decipher: N2218Q (P-2H c/n
7255), ex BuNo 148359.
Yet another one that was bought by Neptune Aviation Services of Missoula,MT (08Jan07).
The markings on P-2H, BuNo. 148359, are more readable this side.
Lockheed SP-2H N2218E (Ex/ 7246, BuNo. 148356) Neptune Aviation Services (Reg'd 08Jan07).
Lockheed SP-2H N2218E
Strange lettering used
for that tailnumber N2218E.
Lockheed Neptunes BuNos. 148356 and 146359 fly the Wyoming desert in frozen formation.
It seems that Neptune Aviation Services bought the whole lot in 2007, including P-2H N122HP (c/n 7226 BuNo.148341)
This was one that was not reported upon a Nov.2008 visit, but perhaps some of them in hangar getting 'undressed'
by Neptune Aviation Services, for parts. Weather can be fierce here in winter, we were lucky with all that sun.
Lockheed SP-2H N2218A (c/n 7243, ex BuNo.148355). The exception to the rule: Neptune does not own this one.
Last registered owner is, as reg'd 28Sep05, the Pride Capital Group of Deerfield,IL.
Note the dangling radar disc on Lockheed SP-2H BuNo.148355 (AMARC 1P412)
It is indeed a breathtaking place!
Lockheed P-2H N8056D
(c/n 7057, ex/ BuNo.140154).
Close up of the Westinghouse J34 jetpod. No doubt it must have been of help to take off heavy from hot air fields,
jets also increased fuel burn and the extra fuel required increased take off weight.
After its sale at the 2006 auction, N8056D was reg'd on 06Sep07 to Harold Sheppard Jr of Riverton,WY.
one of the Harold Shepard collection: SP-2H Neptune N125HP (c/n 7035, ex BuNo. 135588)
The weather was beginning to look ominous, but I escaped without a drop of rain.
Barely readable N125HP, at one time N4846N.
BuNo.135588 was bought by Hans van der Meer (late 1990s?), to bring it over to the Netherlands, but the deal fell thru.
This visit and my two hours here in the desert among these hulks was among the highlights of my trip! A unique place.
Allen Beckhoff, thanks for your help!