PV-2D

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PV-2D Harpoon
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AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.3/3.7/3.7BR
6 peopleCrew
16.33 tTake-off weight
4.31 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
9500 mCeiling
2 х Pratt & Whitney R-2800-31Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
600.6 km/hStructural
277.8 km/hGear
Offensive armament
8 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 1
2000 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
2000 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
800 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
6 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombSetup 1
8 x HVAR rocketsSetup 2
6 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
8 x HVAR rockets
Setup 3
1 x Mk.13-1 Case torpedo (1927 lbs)
8 x HVAR rockets
Setup 4
1 x Mk.13-1 Case torpedo (1927 lbs)Setup 5
6 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
8 x HVAR rockets
Setup 6
6 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
8 x HVAR rockets
Setup 7
6 x 1000 lbs Type A Mark I aircraft laid magnetic mine
8 x HVAR rockets
Setup 8
2 x Tiny Tim rockets
8 x HVAR rockets
Setup 9
4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun (secondary)Setup 10
Economy
Sl icon.png4000/3800/9400Repair
10000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
80000 Sl icon.pngExperts
320 Ge icon.pngAces
130 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
130 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png140 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png120 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the gift American medium bomber PV-2D. For standard version, see B-34.

Description

GarageImage PV-2D.jpg


The PV-2D Harpoon is a gift rank II American bomber with a battle rating of 3.7 (AB/RB) and 3.3 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.67 "Assault", during the 2017 World War Two: Chronicles event, unlocked after obtaining 6 Chronicle Awards.

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,267 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ???  ??? 9500  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 549
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,267 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
511 478 9500 26.9 28.0 15.8 12 549

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flaps
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
600.6 277.8  340 ~4 ~2
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 260 < 290 < 320 > 337
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
1,615 m 1,600 hp 1,984 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,023 m 1,450 hp 1,798 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 12.7 mm Steel - Armour plate cockpit, in front of the pilot
  • 12.7 mm Steel - Armour plate cockpit, behind the pilot
  • 12.7 mm Steel - Armour plate cockpit, behind radio operator/navigator
  • 12.7 mm Steel - Armour plate - tail section and ventral gunner protection
  • 12.7 mm Steel - Armour plate - dorsal gunner protective plate
  • Fuel tanks at wing roots to middle of wing

Armaments

Offensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The PV-2D is armed with:

  • 8 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, chin-mounted (250 rpg = 2,000 total)

Suspended armament

The PV-2D can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • 6 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (1,500 lb total)
  • 8 x HVAR rockets
  • 6 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs + 8 x HVAR rockets (1,500 lb total)
  • 8 x HVAR rockets + 1 x 1,927 lb Mk.13-1 Case torpedo
  • 6 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 8 x HVAR rockets (3,000 lb total)
  • 6 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs + 8 x HVAR rockets (6,000 lb total)
  • 8 x HVAR rockets + 6 x Type A Mark I mines
  • 8 x HVAR rockets + 2 x Tiny Tim rockets
  • 4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns (340 rpg = 1,360 total)

Note: Gunpods are fired separately from nose armaments if fired via "Additional guns" keybinds.

Defensive armament

Main article: Browning M2 (12.7 mm)

The PV-2D is defended by:

  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, dorsal turret (400 rpg = 800 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, ventral turret (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)

Usage in battles

The PV-2D Harpoon is a bomber and should be played as such. Its gigantic and versatile payload options allow for enough power against ground/naval targets and bases. The eight nose-mounted 12.7 mm machine guns deal excellent damage, and can be used offensively with the dorsal turret able to point forward. Though the gunners provide ample top and bottom protection, the tail of the vehicle is a blind spot to the two turret gunners and thus a tailing pursuant would be a priority threat.

It is also viable for bomber hunting due to the bomber spawn and its offensive armaments. Engaging unsuspecting fighters is also good, provided that you utilise BnZing and extend away. If your nose guns are out, consider using your dorsal for emergency shooting. Without an arrestor hook, you must land on carriers with some risk. Approach low and slow, use your flaps to slow down more and land on the deck without deploying your gear. Your plane won't break, the fuselage and engines will eat the brunt of impact. Same applies to landing on ground, you can do a soft belly landing without dying.

If you do engage, try to drag the enemy to ground level. Dragging hostiles down is great for your team to pick off, and you can force pursuers to your tail by diving down. Dogfighting is not encouraged, but it can turn on a dime occasionally.

Enemies worth noting:

Yak-2 KABB: Do not think that the PV-2D can confidently out maneuver this plane just because it is twin-engined. The Yak-2 has an amazing turn rate for a heavy fighter, thus the PV-2D must avoid turning with it, if not dogfighting with it in general. It bears a pair of ShVAK cannons that can easily damage vital parts like engine or cooling systems. It has green camo, greatly resembling an Me 410 but with an H-tail like a Bf 110's.

ZSD63: Though it is hard to identify specific SPAA vehicles on the ground from the air (especially when they are shooting tracers at the plane), if a ZSD63 is identified, avoid it at all costs and do not attempt head-ons with it, ever. It can easily snap a wing off by causally putting a short burst in the PV-2D's flight path. Don't even get close to it unless it is occupied with another friendly or if the PV-2D is equipped with a bomb that it can use. Some identifying features of the ZSD63 is its rather boxy and tall hull with a geometric turret sitting at the back, slightly similar to a Wirbelwind's. The firing manner is also distinctive: the sound and green tracers are very rapid, much like a buzz saw, but then it will remain silent for half a minute reloading. Note that an experienced ZSD player will hold its fire or shoot in single salvos with long halts between, making it look like that it's reloading. Armor piercing belt is recommended since their high penetration can tear through the ZSD's armor with ease and knock out its crews.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm DGP-1 FRC mk.5
II Compressor Airframe Mk 12 Mod 0 ITC mk.III
III Wings repair Engine New 12 mm MGs Turret 12 mm SBC-17
IV Engine injection Cover New 12 mm MGs (turret) LBC-25
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very deadly offensive armament with plenty of ammunition
  • Effective defensive armament with good coverage over rear section of aircraft
  • The dorsal turret can swivel 360 degrees and even fire at targets off the nose of the plane
  • Defensive armament has lots of ammo
  • Good acceleration overall
  • Acceptable climb rate
  • Good energy retention in turns due to heavy weight(But do not turn too much, else you bleed all your energy)
  • Large and versatile payload options

Cons:

  • Huge airframe: prone to damage
  • Big tail section is prone to attacks, usually crippling tail control
  • Belly is a blindspot for gunners
  • Cannot sustain multiple turns, energy will bleed despite nice energy retention
  • Mediocre manoeuvrability
  • Cannot fly on one engine: you cannot sustain flight with just one

History

Ventura

After the success of the Lockheed Hudson, Lockheed sought to introduce another bomber named the Ventura based off their Model 18 Lodestar transport aircraft. Though similar to the Hudson, the Ventura was a lot bigger. The Royal Air Force adopted the plane under the Ventura name, and the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) adopted it as the B-34 Lexington. Though the Ventura was faster and could hold twice as many bombs than the Hudson, the Royal Air Force did not like the plane very much and replaced them with Mosquitoes, the surplus Venturas sent to Coastal Command. America's usage of the B-34 Lexington was complicated with a feud in air power between the USAAF and the US Navy (USN). The USAAF had a monopoly on manufacturing and command of land-based bombers, leading to naval activities such as anti-submarine duties with bombers shouldered by the USAAF rather than the USN, forcing the usage of float planes like the Catalina in the Navy's role. It wasn't until a compromise with the B-29 Superfortress in a naval manufacturing factory that the Army finally gave the Navy the aircraft and jurisdiction to act in their roles.

Naval adoption

The Lockheed Ventura bomber, an aircraft the USN had an eye for, was converted for their usage. The adapted Venturas were adopted under the designation PV-1 Ventura for the navy, with special equipment for patrol bombing, increased fuel storage along with a decrease in forward defensive armaments, and the addition of search radar. The first PV-1s arrived in December 1942, then entered naval service in February 1943.

The PV-1 was an adequate bomber but provided some weaknesses needed addressing, most notably in that the increased fuel weight made it difficult to take-off without problems. The Ventura design was modified with an increased wing area in order to improve take-off and load-carrying capability. This allowed the aircraft to carry not only up to 4,000 lb of bombs but even rockets under the wings. The redesigned aircraft was accepted by the USN as the PV-2 Harpoon. More than 500 Harpoons were built in the course of the war, with several variants. The original PV-2 had five forward armaments whereas the PV-2D updated it with eight forward guns. The PV-2C and PV-2T models were models built for training.

Combat usage

The PV-1 was operated by three squadrons in the Pacific Theatre and flew bombing strikes against Japan. The PV-1 usually accompanied B-24s due to having a more sophisticated radar system. A few were also given to the Marine Corps fighter squadron VMF(N)-531 at the Solomon Islands.

The PV-2's design had a shaky start, issues with the wings wrinkling came off as dangerously problematic. Another redesign was needed, delaying the introduction into the Navy until early 1945, with the ones already delivered converted for training purposes as the PV-2C. When the Harpoons were finally shipped, it went as the PV-2D model, and these aircraft designs proved reliable and popular with the crews that used them.

After the war, the Venturas and its variants were eventually declared obsolete. A number were scrapped, some were given away to foreign nations during and after the war. A number of the aircraft still survive today in both airworthy and display-only conditions.

Media

See also

Related development
Obtainable events
  • The PV-2D Harpoon was available in 2017 World War Two: Chronicle Event, unlocked after obtaining 6 Chronicle Awards.
  • It was made available again during the 2018 WW2 Chronicles during the "Special Objectives" section of the event, where it could be assembled as a coupon with 12 Element piece and a scheme, with the latter obtainable after completing seven tasks in air battles and a community milestone of 400,000 completed Special Objectives is obtained.

External links


Lockheed Corporation
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