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{{About
 
{{About
| about = American medium bomber '''{{PAGENAME}}'''
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| about = gift American medium bomber '''{{PAGENAME}}'''
 
| usage = standard version
 
| usage = standard version
 
| link = B-34
 
| link = B-34
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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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[[File:GarageImage_{{PAGENAME}}.jpg|420px|thumb|left]]
 
[[File:GarageImage_{{PAGENAME}}.jpg|420px|thumb|left]]
 
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a gift rank {{Specs|rank}} American medium bomber {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.67 "Assault"]], during the 2017 World War Two: Chronicle event, unlocked after obtaining 6 Chronicle Awards.
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a gift rank {{Specs|rank}} American bomber {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.67 "Assault"]], during the 2017 World War Two: Chronicles event, unlocked after obtaining 6 Chronicle Awards.
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
=== Flight Performance ===
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=== Flight performance ===
<!--''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Maximum speed, maneuverability, speed and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.''-->
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''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.''
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
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! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
! rowspan="2" |Take-off run<br>(meters)
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! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(meters)
 
|-
 
|-
 
! AB
 
! AB
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! RB
 
! RB
 
|-
 
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| 488 || 435 || 9,500 || 29.9 || 30.3 || 7.2 || 8.8 || 549
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| ??? || ??? || {{Specs|ceiling}} || ??.? || ??.? || ??.? || ??.? || 549
 
|-
 
|-
 
! colspan="8" | ''Upgraded''
 
! colspan="8" | ''Upgraded''
 
|-
 
|-
 
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 4,267 m)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 4,267 m)
! rowspan="2" |Max altitude (meters)
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! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
! colspan="2" | Turn time (seconds)
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! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
! rowspan="2" |Take-off run (meters)
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! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(meters)
 
|-
 
|-
 
! AB
 
! AB
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! RB
 
! RB
 
|-
 
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| 513 || 478 || 9,500 || 26.3 || 28.0 || 19.0 || 12.0 || 549
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| 511 || 478 || {{Specs|ceiling}} || 26.9 || 28.0 || 15.8 || 12 || 549
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
====Details====
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==== Details ====
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
 
! colspan="5" | Features
 
! colspan="5" | Features
 
|-
 
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! Combat flap
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! Combat flaps
! Take-off flap
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! Take-off flaps
! Landing flap
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! Landing flaps
 
! Air brakes
 
! Air brakes
 
! Arrestor gear
 
! Arrestor gear
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! rowspan="2" | Wing-break speed<br>(km/h)
 
! rowspan="2" | Wing-break speed<br>(km/h)
 
! rowspan="2" | Gear limit<br>(km/h)
 
! rowspan="2" | Gear limit<br>(km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Combat flap<br> (km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Combat flaps<br>(km/h)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
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! -
 
! -
 
|-
 
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| {{Specs|разрушение|конструкции}} || {{Specs|разрушение|шасси}} || 340 || ~?? || ~?
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| {{Specs|destruction|constructions}} || {{Specs|destruction|chassis}} || 340 || ~4 || ~2
 
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|-
 
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! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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| 1,615 m || 1,600 hp || 1,984 hp  
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| 1,615 m || 1,600 hp || 1,984 hp
 
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|-
 
! colspan="3" | Setting 2
 
! colspan="3" | Setting 2
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! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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| 4,023 m || 1,450 hp || 1,798 hp  
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| 4,023 m || 1,450 hp || 1,798 hp
 
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<!--! colspan="3" | Setting 3
 
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! Optimal altitude
 
! 100% Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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| ?,??? m || ?,??? hp || ?,??? hp
 
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|}
 
|}
  
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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* 12.7 mm Steel - Armour plate cockpit, in front of the pilot
* 12.7 mm Steel - Armor plate cockpit, in front of the pilot
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* 12.7 mm Steel - Armour plate cockpit, behind the pilot
* 12.7 mm Steel - Armor plate cockpit, behind the pilot
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* 12.7 mm Steel - Armour plate cockpit, behind radio operator/navigator
* 12.7 mm Steel - Armor plate cockpit, behind radio operator/navigator
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* 12.7 mm Steel - Armour plate - tail section and ventral gunner protection
* 12.7 mm Steel - Armor plate - tail section and ventral gunner protection
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* 12.7 mm Steel - Armour plate - dorsal gunner protective plate
* 12.7 mm Steel - Armor plate - dorsal gunner protective plate
 
 
* Fuel tanks at wing roots to middle of wing
 
* Fuel tanks at wing roots to middle of wing
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
 
=== Offensive armament ===
 
=== Offensive armament ===
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<!-- ''Describe the offensive armament of the aircraft, if any. Describe how effective the cannons and machine guns are in a battle, and also what belts or drums are better to use. If there is no offensive weaponry, delete this subsection.'' -->
 
{{main|Browning M2 (12.7 mm)}}
 
{{main|Browning M2 (12.7 mm)}}
  
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
 
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* 8 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, chin-mounted (250 rpg = 2,000 total)
* 8 × 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, nose-mounted (250 rpg = 2000 total) [AB Reload time: 20s]
 
  
 
=== Suspended armament ===
 
=== Suspended armament ===
<!--''Describe the aircraft's suspended armament: additional cannons under the wings, bombs, rockets and torpedoes. This section is especially important for bombers and attackers. If there is no suspended weaponry remove this subsection.''-->
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<!-- ''Describe the aircraft's suspended armament: additional cannons under the wings, bombs, rockets and torpedoes. This section is especially important for bombers and attackers. If there is no suspended weaponry remove this subsection.'' -->
&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;''Main article:&nbsp;'''[[:Category:Suspended armaments|Bombs]]'''''
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{{main|AN-M57 (250 lb)|AN-M64A1 (500 lb)|AN-M65A1 (1,000 lb)}}
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{{main|Tiny Tim|HVAR|Mk.13/44|Browning M2 (12.7 mm)}}
  
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
 
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* 6 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs (1,500 lb total)
* 6 x 250 lb bombs (1,500 lb total)
 
 
* 8 x HVAR rockets
 
* 8 x HVAR rockets
* 8 x HVAR rockets + 6 x 250 lb bombs (1,500 lb total)
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* 6 x 250 lb AN-M57 bombs + 8 x HVAR rockets (1,500 lb total)
* 8 x HVAR rockets + 1 x M13/44 torpedo
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* 8 x HVAR rockets + 1 x Mk.13/44 torpedo
* 8 x HVAR rockets + 6 x 500 lb bombs (1,500 lb total)
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* 6 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bombs + 8 x HVAR rockets (3,000 lb total)
* 8 x HVAR rockets + 6 x 1,000 lb bombs (6,000 lb total)
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* 6 x 1,000 lb AN-M65A1 bombs + 8 x HVAR rockets (6,000 lb total)
* 8 x HVAR rockets + 2 x Tiny Tim rockets
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* 2 x Tiny Tim rockets + 8 x HVAR rockets
* 4 x 12.7mm Browning machine gun (secondary) [Two under each wing, each holding 2, 340 RPG totaling 1360)  
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* 4 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns (340 rpg = 1,360 total)
  
Note: Gunpods are fired seperately from nose armaments if fired via '''"Additional guns"''' keybinds.
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Note: Gunpods are fired separately from nose armaments if fired via '''"Additional guns"''' keybinds.
  
 
=== Defensive armament ===
 
=== Defensive armament ===
<!--''Defensive armament with turret machine guns or cannons, crewed by gunners. Examine the number of gunners and what belts or drums are better to use. If defensive weaponry is not available remove this subsection.''-->
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<!-- ''Defensive armament with turret machine guns or cannons, crewed by gunners. Examine the number of gunners and what belts or drums are better to use. If defensive weaponry is not available, remove this subsection.'' -->
 
{{main|Browning M2 (12.7 mm)}}
 
{{main|Browning M2 (12.7 mm)}}
  
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is defended by:
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is defended by:
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* 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, dorsal turret (400 rpg = 800 total)
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* 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine guns, ventral turret (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)
  
* 2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, dorsal turret (400 rpg = 800 total)
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== Usage in battles ==
* 2 × 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, ventral turret (1,000 rpg = 2,000 total)
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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.
  
== Usage in the battles ==
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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.
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It is also viable for bomber hunting due to the bomber spawn and it's offensive armaments. Engaging unsuspecting fighters is also good, provided that you utilize BnZing and extend away. If your nose guns are out, consider using your dorsal for emergency shooting. Without an arrester 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.
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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.
  
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.
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=== Manual Engine Control ===
 
 
===Manual Engine Control===
 
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
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! colspan="7" | MEC elements
 
! colspan="7" | MEC elements
 
|-
 
|-
! rowspan="2" |Mixer
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! rowspan="2" | Mixer
! rowspan="2" |Pitch
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! rowspan="2" | Pitch
! colspan="3" |Radiator
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! colspan="3" | Radiator
! rowspan="2" |Supercharger
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! rowspan="2" | Supercharger
! rowspan="2" |Turbocharger
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! rowspan="2" | Turbocharger
 
|-
 
|-
 
! Oil
 
! Oil
 
! Water
 
! Water
! Type  
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! Type
 
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|-
| Controllable || rowspan="2" | Controllable || rowspan="2" | Controllable || rowspan="2" | Controllable || rowspan="2" | Combined || rowspan="2" | Controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable
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| Controllable || Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Separate || Controllable<br>2 gears || Not controllable
 
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|}
 
|}
  
===Modules===
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=== Modules ===
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
! colspan="1" | Tier
 
! colspan="1" | Tier
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|-
 
| I
 
| I
| Fuselage Repair
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| Fuselage repair
 
| Radiator
 
| Radiator
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| Offensive 12 mm
 
| Offensive 12 mm
|DGP-1
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| DGP-1
 
| FRC mk.5
 
| FRC mk.5
 
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| II
 
| II
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| Compressor
 
| Compressor
 
| Airframe
 
| Airframe
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| ITC mk.3
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| ITC mk.III
 
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| III
 
| III
| Wings Repair
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| Wings repair
 
| Engine
 
| Engine
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| New 12 mm MGs
 
| New 12 mm MGs
 
| Turret 12 mm
 
| Turret 12 mm
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|-
 
| IV
 
| IV
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| Engine Injection
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| Engine injection
 
| Cover
 
| Cover
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| New 12 mm MGs (turret)
 
| New 12 mm MGs (turret)
 
| LBC-25
 
| LBC-25
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=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
 
 
* Very deadly offensive armament with plenty of ammunition
 
* Very deadly offensive armament with plenty of ammunition
 
* Effective defensive armament with good coverage over rear section of aircraft
 
* Effective defensive armament with good coverage over rear section of aircraft
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'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
 
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* Huge airframe: prone to damage
* Huge airframe: Overall prone to damage
 
 
* Big tail section is prone to attacks, usually crippling tail control
 
* Big tail section is prone to attacks, usually crippling tail control
 
* Belly is a blindspot for gunners
 
* Belly is a blindspot for gunners
 
* Cannot sustain multiple turns, energy will bleed despite nice energy retention
 
* Cannot sustain multiple turns, energy will bleed despite nice energy retention
* Mediocre maneuverability
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* Mediocre manoeuvrability
* Cannot fly on one engine: You cannot sustain flight with just one
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* Cannot fly on one engine: you cannot sustain flight with just one
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
<!--''Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the aircraft in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too big, take it to a separate article, taking a link to an article about the vehicle and adding a block "/ historical reference" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/Name-vehicles/historical reference) and add a link to it here using the <code>main</code> template. Be sure to include links to sources at the end of the article.''-->
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===Ventura===
 
===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|B-34 Lexington]]. Though the Ventura was faster and could hold twice as much bombs than the Hudson, the Royal Air Force did not like the plane very much and were replaced by Mosquitos, the surplus Venturas sent towards 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 monopolization on manufacturing and command of land-based bombers, leading to naval activities such as anti-submarine duties with bombers be shouldered by the USAAF rather than the USN, forcing the usage of float planes like the [[PBY-5_Catalina|Catalina]] in the Navy's role. It wasn't until a compromise with the [[B-29A-BN|B-29 Superfortress]] in a naval manufacturing factory that the Army finally gave the Navy the aircraft and jurisdiction to act in their roles.
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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|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 [[PBY-5_Catalina|Catalina]] in the Navy's role. It wasn't until a compromise with the [[B-29A-BN|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===
 
===Naval adoption===
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===Combat usage===
 
===Combat usage===
The PV-1 was operated by three squadrons in the Pacific Theater and flew bombing strikes against Japan. The PV-1 usually accompanied [[B-24D-25-CO|B-24]]s 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.
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The PV-1 was operated by three squadrons in the Pacific Theatre and flew bombing strikes against Japan. The PV-1 usually accompanied [[B-24D-25-CO|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.
 
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.
 
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.
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== Media ==
 
== Media ==
''An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.''
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''Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.''
  
== Read also ==
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== See also ==
<!--''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example,''
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* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
 
* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
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* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.'' -->
''ETC.''-->
 
 
 
 
* [http://warthunder.com/en/news/4657-development-ww2-chronicles-vehicles-the-pv-2-harpoon-en// [Devblog<nowiki>]</nowiki> WW2 Chronicles vehicles: The PV-2 Harpoon]
 
* [http://warthunder.com/en/news/4657-development-ww2-chronicles-vehicles-the-pv-2-harpoon-en// [Devblog<nowiki>]</nowiki> WW2 Chronicles vehicles: The PV-2 Harpoon]
  
 
===Obtainable events===
 
===Obtainable events===
 
 
* The PV-2D Harpoon was available in 2017 World War Two: Chronicle Event, unlocked after obtaining 6 Chronicle Awards.
 
* 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.
 
* 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.
  
== Sources ==
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== External links ==
 
''Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:''
 
''Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:''
 
 
* ''topic on the official game forum;''
 
* ''topic on the official game forum;''
* ''page on aircraft encyclopedia;''
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* ''encyclopedia page on the aircraft;''
 
* ''other literature.''
 
* ''other literature.''
  
 
{{USA bombers}}
 
{{USA bombers}}

Latest revision as of 19:55, 6 July 2019

PV-2D Harpoon
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FIND ON MARKETPLACE
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.3/3.3/3.3BR
6 peopleCrew
16.3 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
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
2 000 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunTurret
2 000 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.13/44 torpedo (2216 lbs)
8 x HVAR rockets
Setup 4
6 x 500 lb AN-M64A1 bomb
8 x HVAR rockets
Setup 5
6 x 1000 lb AN-M65A1 bomb
8 x HVAR rockets
Setup 6
2 x Tiny Tim rockets
8 x HVAR rockets
Setup 7
4 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun (secondary)Setup 8
Economy
Sl icon.png2 600/3 360/5 780Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
80 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
320 Ge icon.pngAces
× (130 + 100 Talisman.png) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
× 1.6 × 2 Talisman.png Sl icon.png× 1.3 × 2 Talisman.png Sl icon.png× 1.2 × 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 3.3 (AB/RB/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
 ???  ???  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 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 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
+ -
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 Mk.13/44 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)
  • 2 x Tiny Tim rockets + 8 x HVAR rockets
  • 4 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 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.

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 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

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

Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.

See also

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

Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:

  • topic on the official game forum;
  • encyclopedia page on the aircraft;
  • other literature.


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