PV-2 Harpoon, U.S. Patrol Bomber

Photograph of PV-2 Harpoon

U.S.Navy. Via Wikipedia Commons

Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon


Crew 4 or 5


75'0" by 52'0" by 13'3"
22.86m by 15.85m by 4.04m


21,028-36,000 lbs
9538-16,000 kg


271 mph (436 km/h) at sea level
282 mph (454 km/h) at13,700 feet

Cruising speed      

171 mph
275 km/h
Rate of climb 27 feet per second
8.2 meters per second


23,900 feet
7280 meters


2 2000 hp (1491 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31 Double Wasp 18-cylinder radials driving three bladed propellers.


5 nose 0.50  machine guns
Dual 0.50 machine gun nose turret
Dual 0.50 machine gun dorsal turret
Two ventral 0.50 machine guns

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One torpedo or 4000 lbs (1800 kg) bombs internal
2000 lbs (900 kg) under wings, including rocket projectiles


Normal 1790 miles (2880 km)
Maximum 2930 miles (4720 km)


From March 1944:
500 PV-2
35 PV-2D
Variants The PV-2D had eight 0.50 machine guns in the nose but was not ready in time for combat.

The Harpoon was a development of the Ventura that inherited the designator and most of the features. However, it had a redesigned empennage, greater wing area and larger fuel tanks, enhanced nose armament, and a significantly greater ordinance capacity for the antishipping role. 

The new design was requested in June 1943 and the first prototype flew on 3 December 1943. Deliveries began three months later, but the first 30 units had defective fuel tanks and were used only for training.

Most operated in the Pacific during the last year of the war.


Wilson (1998)

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