The PV-2 Harpoon was a major redesign of the Lockheed Ventura. The wing was enlarged and a larger load was possible. Engines were Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasps. First flight was December 1943. Armament for the PV-2D was usually 5 forward-firing machine guns and also HVAR rockets were possible under the wing. It was also used for anti-submarine duties.

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Harpoon PV-2

This particular Harpoon coded 37211 was seen at the Palm Springs museum, Ca.

Photographed end 2016 by Cees Hendriks (c) copyright


This Harpoon coded "32757" ser.no 15-1223 has a US Navy livery. It was seen in the dessert at the Pima museum near Tucson, Arizona

Photographed end 2016 by Cees Hendriks (c) copyright


This aircraft c/n 15-1473 is now civilian registered N86492. This Harpoon was seen at Falcon Field at Mesa, Arizona.

Photographed end 2016 by Cees Hendriks (c) copyright

Just a few plastic models exist of the Harpoon: in 1/72 scale, there were some vacuforms like from Rareplanes but the best model is of Special Hobby.

Dutch Military also used the type. Enthusiasts can check out our IPMS NL Harpoon pages here...


This walk around webpage was first created February 2017 by M. de Vreeze