/ Lockheed Ventura
The Lockheed Ventura is a twin-engine medium bomber and patrol bomber of World War II.
US designation for the Model 137 (with 2000hp R-2800-31 engines) bought for the Royal Air Force, 200 built and designated the Ventura IIA by the British.
Former Royal Air Force Ventura’s returned to USAAF under a reverse lend-lease.
B-34As converted as navigation trainers.
Lockheed Model 437 for the USAAF (with 1700hp R-2600-13 engines), only 18 out of an order of 550 built for armed observation.
Originally designated the O-56, it was later designated the RB-37.
United States Navy version of the B-34; 1,600 built.
A total of 388 were delivered to the Royal Air Force as the Ventura GR.V, others to the RAAF, RNZAF and SAAF.
Designation for PV-1s fitted with a camera installation.
Updated model with larger fin and wing area; 470 built.
Modified version of the PV-2 used for training; 30 built.
Same as PV-2 but with eight 0.5in nose guns; 35 built.
Designation for PV-2s used for crew training.
Twenty-seven former RAF Ventura IIs requisitioned by the USN.
R-2800-S1A4-G powered variant for the Royal Air Force,
188 built, 30 to the RCAF and some to the SAAF,
later re-designated the Ventura GR.I.
R-2800-31 powered variant for the RAF, 487 built, some transferred to the USAAC and USN.
British designation for the B-34.
British designation for the PV-1, later designated Ventura GR.V.
51 ft 5 in (15.7 m)
65 ft 6 in (20 m)
11 ft 10 in (3.6 m)
551 sq ft (51.2 m2)
20,197 lb (9,161 kg)
31,000 lb (14,061 kg)
Max take-off weight
34,000 lb (15,422 kg)
2 × Pratt & Whitney R-2800 radial engines, 2,000 hp (1,500 kW) each
322 mph (518 km/h, 280 kn)
230 mph (370 km/h, 200 kn)
1,660 mi (2,670 km, 1,440 nmi)
2,600 mi (4,200 km, 2,300 nmi)
26,300 ft (8,020 m)
Rate of climb
2,035 ft/min (15.4 m/s)
56.4 lb/sq ft (275 kg/m2)
0.13 hp/lb (0.21 kW/kg)
4 × .50 BMG (12.7 mm) Browning M2 machine guns
2 × .30 cal. (7.62 mm) M1919 Browning machine guns
3,000 lb (1,400 kg) general ordnance or
6 × 325 lb (147 kg) depth charges or
1 × torpedo.
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