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Lockheed Ventura / Harpoon

Patrol / Light Bomber Bomber Aircraft

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.
Authored By: Staff Writer | Edited: 10/28/2016
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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)
Weight (Empty): 20,194 lb (9,160 kg)
Weight (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


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

1 x torpedo
6 x depth charges (325lbs each)
Up to 3,000lbs of ordnance

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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
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