Mount Comfort, IN
Operation: Central and Eastern
Wing Span: 75' 0"
Length: 51' 11"
Height: 13' 3"
Max Speed: 282 mph
Gross Weight: 36,000 lbs
Power Plant: 2 x Pratt & Whitney
Horsepower: 2,000 each
Fuel Capacity: 990 gallons
Armament: 9 - .50cal machine guns; 8 -
3.5 or 5in HVAR rockets; 4,000lbs Bomb Bay; 2 -
1000lb hard points.
Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon "Hot Stuff"
The American Military Heritage Foundation (AMHF) is the
operator of this rare Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon,
which is the only PV-2 in a military configuration
flying on the airshow circuit.
The PV-2 Harpoon made its maiden flight on December
3, 1943 as an upgrade and partial redesign of its
earlier sister the PV-1 Ventura. The PV-2 saw combat in
the Aleutians and was flown by VPB-139 on its second
tour and other units of the Empire Express. Aircraft of
the Empire Express where responsible for tying up
significant portions of the Japanese air defenses to
defend their northern islands. These units carried out
patrol and bombing missions across the Northern Pacific.
The PV-1 and PV-2 aircraft saw service in both the
Atlantic and Pacific and where responsible for
everything from sinking U-boats and bombing shore
installations to locating survivors of sunken vessels
such as the USS Indianapolis.
Harpoons based in the Aleutians were used to bomb the
Japanese home islands by equipping them with long range
fuel tanks. During the last few months of WWII, Harpoons
carried out bombing and rocket attacks on the Japanese
Kurile Islands, Truk Island, Wake Island, and others,
along with performing the important duty of patrolling
the shipping lanes near Guam, Siapan, and other American
When confronted by a Japanese Zero, sufficient power
could be added for the plane to out run the Zero, but
these high power settings usually resulted in an engine
change if the escape was successful.
The American Military Heritage Foundation is proud to
be maintaining and showing the only flying example of
this aircraft in military colors at airshows across the
country. It is maintained
only through donations, contributions and the efforts of
our members. We invite you to take a closer look at this
rare Warbird, step inside, talk with our crew and
discover one of the forgotten aircraft of WWII. This
Aircraft was used to represent one of the aircraft that
never made it home and can be seen in the NOVA
presentation The Last Flight of Bomber 31, broadcast on
the NOVA television series and available on video
through their web site;
American Military Heritage
Mount Comfort Airport
P.O. Box 29061
Indianapolis, IN 46229
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