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Lockheed PV-2D Harpoon

By Htam

2019_TAM_2842_D7100_AuroraHDR2019.jpg@ Grass Valley, CA

July 2019

The Stockton Field Aviation Museum flew this rare Lockheed warbird up to the Grass Valley Airshow.  The US Navy ordered a major redesign of the Lockheed Ventura medium bomber, entering service in 1943 as the PV-2 Harpoon.  Due to various technical issues, the first versions delivered were the PV-2D, which had eight forward-firing .50 cal machine guns for ground attack.  Delivered in September 1945, this aircraft was the third to the last PV-2 Harpoon built.  This Harpoon was sold surplus in August 1959 for $3678.89 with a total of 7.0 flight hours.  Of the 1535 Lockheed Ventura/Harpoons built during WWII, there are only 3 flying examples.  Nikon D7100 w/18-200mm.

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