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Lockheed Ventura / Harpoon

Patrol / Light Bomber Bomber Aircraft

OVERVIEW
HISTORY
SPECIFICATIONS
ARMAMENT
VARIANTS
DATA
Overview



The Lockheed Ventura series was used in number by the U.S. and British during World War 2 and succeeded the Lockheed Hudson series of light bombers.




Specifications

YEAR: 1942
MANUFACTURER(S): Lockheed - USA
PRODUCTION: 3,028
CREW: 6
LENGTH: 51.51 ft (15.7 m)
WIDTH: 65.62 ft (20 m)
HEIGHT: 11.81 ft (3.6 m)
EMPTY WEIGHT: 20,194 lb (9,160 kg)
MTOW: 33,069 lb (15,000 kg)
POWER: 2 x Pratt & Whitney R-2800 air-cooled radial piston engines developing 2,000 horsepower each.
SPEED: 322 mph (518 kph; 280 kts)
CEILING: 26,312 feet (8,020 m; 4.98 miles)
RANGE: 1,659 miles (2,670 km; 1,442 nm)
RATE-OF-CLIMB: 2,035 ft/min (620 m/min)
OPERATORS: Australia; Brazil; Canada; France; New Zealand; South Africa; United Kingdom; United States
Armament



STANDARD:
4 x 12.7mm M2 Browning machine guns
2 x 7.62mm M1919 Browning machine guns

OPTIONAL:
1 x torpedo
6 x depth charges (325lbs each)
Up to 3,000lbs of ordnance
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Graphical image of an aircraft heavy machine gun
Graphical image of an aircraft aerial torpedo
Variants / Models



• B-34 - Fitted with R-1820-31 radial piston engines of 2,000 horsepower; based on Lockheed Model 137; 200 examples produced.
• B-34A - Venturas requisitioned from RAF by the USAAF.
• B-34B - Navigational Trainers; conversions from B-34A production models.
• O-56 - Initial Designation of B-37; based on Lockheed Model 437.
• B-37 - USAAF model; fitted with R-2600-13 radial piston engines of 2,000 horsepower' later redesignated to RB-37.
• RB-37 - USAAF redesignation of B-37 production model.
• PV-1 - USN designation of B-34; 1,600 examples produced.
• PV-1P - Based on PV-1 production models; fitted with camera equipment.
• PV-2 "Harpoon" - Revised Ventura; enlarged vertical tail fin and wing surface area; 470 examples produced.
• PV-2C - Crew Trainer; based on the PV-2 production model; 30 examples produced.
• PV-2D - Based on the PV-2; fitted with 8 x 12.7mm machine guns in nose; 35 examples produced.
• PV-2T - Crew Trainer; based on the PV-2 production model.
• PV-3 - USN requisition of 27 RAF Ventura II models.
• Ventura Mk I - British designation; fitted with R-2800-S1A4-G radial piston engines; 188 examples produced; later redesignated to Ventura GR.Mk I.
• Ventura Mk II - British designation; fitted with R-2800-31 radial piston engines; 487 examples produced.
• Ventura Mk IIA - British designation of B-34
• Ventura Mk V - British designation of PV-1; later redesignated to Ventura V.
• Ventura GR.Mk I - Redesignation of Ventura Mk I
• Ventura GR.V - Redesignation of Ventura V








Our Data Modules allow for quick visual reference when comparing a single entry against contemporary designs. Areas covered include general ratings, speed assessments, and relative ranges based on distances between major cities.

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Relative Maximum Speed
Hi: 400mph
Lo: 200mph
This entry's maximum listed speed (322mph).

Graph average of 300 miles-per-hour.
City-to-City Ranges
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Graph showcases the Lockheed B-34 Lexington's operational range (on internal fuel) when compared to distances between major cities.
Aviation Era
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Useful in showcasing the era cross-over of particular aircraft/aerospace designs.
Unit Production (3,028)
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
3028
3028

  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Supported Roles
A2A
Interception
UAV
Ground Attack
CAS
Training
ASW
Anti-Ship
AEW
MEDEVAC
EW
Maritime/Navy
SAR
Aerial Tanker
Utility/Transport
VIP
Passenger
Business
Recon
SPECOPS
X-Plane/Development
A2A=Air-to-Air; UAV=Unmanned; CAS=Close Support; ASW=Anti-Submarine; AEW=Airborne Early Warning; MEDEVAC=Medical Evac; EW=Electronic Warfare; SAR=Search-Rescue
Commitments / Honors
Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for pioneering aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon representing modern aircraft
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur War
Military lapel ribbon for experimental x-plane aircraft
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.




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