View Full Version : Ever heard of this WWII plane??

09-30-2006, 11:26 PM
I swear, I'm old and have been fascinated by WWII ( and WWI ) aircraft since I was a kid in the sixties. But I have never heard of this one. At least once a month or two someone has pics of some WWII aircraft I have never seen or heard of.

Here's the link:
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/2006...02/609300334/0/LOCAL (http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060930/LOCAL0402/609300334/0/LOCAL)

Strangely, I lived close by in Indiana where this plane is kept but now I live far away and will probably never see it up close.

09-30-2006, 11:56 PM
The PV-2? Yeah, it was given the Nickname "Harpoon" unoficially by the US. Not sure what the British called it. It was a maritime recon aircraft. Worked well against subs.

10-01-2006, 12:22 AM
Derived from the Ventura but with gun nose. RAF didn't use Harpoon.

10-01-2006, 01:15 AM
Yep, and a furhter derivitave of the Lockheed Hudson. There were many variations of the adapatable Ventura/Hudson airframe, and the PV-2 was yet another adaptation.

10-01-2006, 01:49 AM
Hudson derived from the Super Electra airliner. Ventura derived from Lodestar airliner.

10-01-2006, 07:36 AM
Originally posted by leitmotiv:
Hudson derived from the Super Electra airliner. Ventura derived from Lodestar airliner.

PV-1 Ventura
PV-2 Harpoon

Similar aircraft, high performance and STOL
capabilities before the name was coined.

Also flown by the USAAF as the B-34 (PV-1).

Engines: Two Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31 air-cooled radial engines rated at 2000 hp for takeoff, 1600 hp at 11,900 feet. Maximum speed 282 mph at 13,700 feet, 271 mph at sea level. Cruising speed 171 mph. Landing speed 83 mph. Initial climb rate 1630 feet per minute. Service ceiling 23,900 feet. Normal range 1790 miles with six 325-lb depth charges. Maximum ferry range 2930 miles. Dimensions: Wingspan 75 feet 0 inches, length 52 feet 1 inches, height 13 feet 3 inches, wing area 686 square feet. Weights: 21,028 pounds empty, 33,668 pounds loaded, 36,000 pounds maximum. Armament: Two fixed 0.50-inch machine guns in the upper nose decking plus three fixed 0.50-inch machine guns in an undernose pack. Two 0.50-inch machine guns were carried in the dorsal turret, and two 0.50-inch machine guns were installed in the rear ventral position. Eight 5-inch HVAR rockets could be carried underneath the wings. The internal bombload was increased to 4000 pounds.

Credit jbaugher


10-01-2006, 08:12 AM
It was also used as a night fighter:


Info about Ventura bombing:


Venturas based a Attu in the Aleutians flew missions to bomb the Kurile Islands:


Texas LongHorn
10-01-2006, 09:55 AM
Hey Guys, isn't that the same AC that Bulushi flew in the Speilberg movie "1941?" Actually it wasn't big Jim, but the goofy dude that just wanted to get la*d <ggg.> All the best, LongHorn

10-01-2006, 11:19 AM