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The Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon was conceived as an improved version of the company's PV-1 Ventura medium bomber and used by the US Navy during WWII.

 

The improvements included a completely redesigned tail assembly for better ground handling and single engine performance. Fuel capacity was increased from 1,607 US gallons in the PV-1 to 1,863 US gallons by the installation of integrated fuel

tanks in the wing outer panels. Wing span was also increased by 9 feet 6 inches.

 

The US Navy placed an order for 500 PV-2s on 30 June 1943. The first flight came on December 3, 1943, and deliveries began in March 1944. A serious problem was discovered with the integrated wing fuel tanks: the wings wrinkled and the tanks leaked. A complete redesign of the wing was necessitated and delayed entry of the PV-2 into service. The 30, PV-2s already delivered were used for training purposes under the designation PV-2C. The remaining 470 aircraft were produced with standard self-sealing tanks inside the wings.


The PV-2 entered combat in March of 1945 when Patrol Bombing Squadron 139 (VPB-139) returned to the Aleutian Islands, Alaska for a second tour of duty after having converted to Harpoons from Venturas. The combat use of the Harpoon by the Navy was fairly brief, and was cut short by the end of the war in the Pacific. The Navy continued to use the Harpoon until 1948 when the last PV-2 was retired from service.

After WWII many PV-2s were converted to executive transport. Their load carrying ability and fast speed made them ideal for the purpose.

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum's PV-2D Bureau Number 84060 is currently disassembled and in storage awaiting restoration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENGINE Two Pratt & Whitney R-2800 developing 2,000 h.p, each
ARMAMENT 8-.50 cal machine guns in nose, 2-.50 cal machine guns in dorsal turret, 2-.50 cal machine guns in tail tunnel 8-5in HVAR Rockets or ; 4,000 lbs. total ordnance
WING SPAN 74 feet, 11 inches
LENGTH 52 feet, 1.5 inches
HEIGHT 18 feet, 3 inches
MAX TAKEOFF WEIGHT 36,000 pounds
CREW 4
MANUFACTURED BY Lockheed Aircraft Corporation
TOTAL PV-2s BUILT Over 500
FIRST BUILT 1943
MUSEUM'S AIRCRAFT BUILT 1945
IN STORAGE AT Cavanaugh Flight Museum, Addison Airport (KADS), Dallas, Texas
MAXIMUM SPEED 282 m.p.h.
RANGE 1,800 miles
SERVICE CEILING 23,900 feet
BUREAU NUMBER 84060
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The Cavanaugh Flight Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational organization devoted to promoting aviation studies and to perpetuating America's aviation heritage; the museum fulfills its mission by restoring, operating, maintaining and displaying historically-significant, vintage aircraft, and by collecting materials related to the history of aviation.




4572 Claire Chennault, Addison, TX 75001  [Map] (North of Downtown Dallas)

Phone Number: 972-380-8800

Hours: Mon - Sat: 9:00am - 5:00pm, Sun: 11:00am - 5:00pm

Admission: Adults: $10.00 Seniors & Military: $8.00 Children (4 - 12): $5.00 Children 3 & Under: Free


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