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BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE FAB * - BRAZILIAN AIR FORCE

20)LOCKHEED PV 2 HARPOON


Brazilian Air Force received 6 aircrafts. BuNo 5048/5049/5050/5051/5074/5076. They were used from 1944 to 1956 in the 2nd medium bombing group. Created by Presidencial decree #  6.796, of 17 Aug 1944 with headquarters at Salvador – Bahia, 2nd Air Zone. This unit in particular  was trained by one Ventura group based at Recife and came to replace the US Navy  squadron VB-129, which returned to the United States.  


General characteristics:   


Crew: 6   


Length: 51 ft 5 in (15.7 m)  


Wingspan: 65 ft 6 in (20 m)  


Height: 11 ft 10 in (3.6 m)  


Wing area: 551 ft² (51.2 m²) 


Empty weight: 20,197 lb (9,160 kg)  


Loaded weight: 31,000 lb (14,000 kg)  


Max takeoff weight: 34,000 lb (15,000 kg) 


Powerplant: 2× Pratt & Whitney R-2800 geared radial engines, 2,000 hp (1,500 kW) each 


Performance:  


Maximum speed: 322 mph (518 km/h) 


Cruise speed: 230 mph (370 km/h)   


Range: 1,660 mi (2,670 km)  


Ferry range: 2,600 mi (4,200 km) 


Service ceiling: 26,300 ft (8,020 m)   


Rate of climb: 2,035 ft/min (15.4 m/s)   


Wing loading: 56.4 lb/ft² (275 kg/m²)   


Power/mass: 0.13 hp/lb (0.21 kW/kg)   


Armament:


Guns: 4 × .50 in (12.7 mm) Browning M2 machine guns 2 × .30 in (7.62 mm) M1919 Browning machine guns   


Bombs:

3,000 lb (1,400 kg) general ordnance or 6 × 325 lb (147 kg) depth charges or 1 torpedo.It also could carry 8  HVAR rockets.



Above one Harpoon is seen parked at Santa Cruz Airbase 



Above one Harpoon is seen taxiing to the ramp following one patrol and convoy escort mission 


 

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