The early success of the Lockheed Hudson resulted in the development of a more advanced design for the British, to be named the B-34. These first entered service in October 1942. Later designated the Ventura I, the new aircraft differed from the Hudson in having a wider and deeper fuselage with a length increase of 16%, more powerful engines, the introduction of a proper ventral gun position, and a larger bomb bay. As aircraft were transferred between the Lend-Lease program, the USAAF, and the U.S. Navy, designations went from B-34 to R-37 to B-37 to PV-3. The Navy received its first quantities in December 1942 as the PV-1 (Ventura). In June 1943 the Navy ordered a new version under the designation PV-2 and with the name Harpoon. This version had the wingspan increased by 9 feet, increased fuel capacity, greater fin and rudder area, and improved armament (five .50 cal forward firing machine guns in the nose, two 50 cal machine guns in both dorsal turret and ventral position, and up to four 1000 lb. bombs internally with two 1000 lb. bombs externally). The PV-2 served primarily in the Pacific theater, and was well-used until the end of the war.
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(updated February 2009)
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura (PV-2 stats below)
Type: patrol bomber Crew: 4-5 Armament: two forward firing .50 cal machine guns two .50 cal machine guns in dorsal turret two .30 cal ventral machine guns six 500 lb. bombs or one torpedo in internal bomb bay up to two 1000 lb. bombs externally Specifications: Length: 51' 9" Height: 11' 11" (3.63 m) Wingspan: 65' 6" (19.96 m) Wing area: 551 sq. ft (51.19 sq. m) Empty Weight: 20,197 lb Gross Weight: 31,077 lb Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31 Double Wasp radial Horsepower: 2000 hp each Performance: Range: 1660 st miles Cruise Speed: 164 mph Max Speed: 312 mph at 13,800 ft Ceiling: 26,300 ft
Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon
Type: patrol bomber Crew: 4-5 Armament: five fixed forward firing .50 cal machine guns two flexible .50 cal machine guns in dorsal turret two flexible .50 cal machine guns in ventral mount six .30 cal machine guns on flex mounts up to four 1000 lb. bombs in internal bomb bay up to two 1000 lb. bombs externally Specifications: Length: 52' 0.5" Height: 11' 11" Wingspan: 74' 11" Wing area: 686 sq. ft Empty Weight: 21,028 lb Gross Weight: 36,000 lb Propulsion: No. of Engines: 2 Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31 Double Wasp radial Horsepower: 2000 hp each Performance: Range: 1790 st miles Cruise Speed: 171 mph Max Speed: 282 mph at 13,700 ft Ceiling: 23,900 ft
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