PV-1 Ventura, U.S. Patrol Bomber

Photograph of PV-1 Ventura

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Lockheed PV-1/B-34 Ventura


Crew 4 or 5


65'6" by 51'9" by 11'11"
19.96m by 15.77m by 3.63m


20,197-31,077 lbs
13,697-14,096 kg


322 mph at 13,800 feet
518 km/h at 4200 meters

Cruising speed      

164 mph
264 km/h
Rate of climb 37 feet per second
11.3 meters per second


26,300 feet
8020 meters

Power plant

2 1850 hp (1379 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-S1A4G Double Wasp 18-cylinder radials driving three bladed propellers.


Dual 0.50 machine gun nose turret
Dual 0.50 machine gun dorsal turret
Two ventral 0.30 machine guns

Bomb load

3000 lbs (1360 kg) internal
2000 lbs (910 kg) under wings


1660 miles
2670 km
ASD surface search radar


2475 of all models

The Ventura was developed from the Lodestar transport to British specifications in 1940. Deliveries began in June 1942 with the PV-1. It was initially employed by the British as a daylight strategic bomber, at which it was not terribly successful in spite of a strong start with its first mission over Eindhoven. The British aircraft were reallocated to Coastal Command and the remaining production was widely distributed among the Allies as a training and patrol aircraft. A few of the Marine aircraft were converted to night fighters with airborne intercept radar, and saw modest success in the Solomons. The PV-1P was a photoreconnaissance variant.


Wilson (1998)

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