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Lockheed PV Ventura/Harpoon

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Noting the success of the Lockheed 14 based Hudson in RAF service, Lockheed proposed a militarized Lockheed 18.  The RAF ordered 675 which began entering service in 1941.  The British named the aircraft the Ventura.

The Ventura also served with U.S. forces as the PV-1 and the B-34.  The U.S. Navy ordered a long-range version that was designated the PV-2 Harpoon.  Total production of all types exceeded 3,000.

 Specifications (PV-1)  Designations
Type: Maritime Patrol
Engine: two 2,000 hp (1491 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31 radial piston engines
37: Lockheed model number
Ventura: RAF name
PV-1: U.S. Navy patrol designation
PV-2: Improved PV-2 (named Harpoon)
B-34: U.S. Army Air Forces bomber designation
B-37: B-34 with Wright R-2600 engines
O-56: U.S. Army observation designation
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