LiTOT: PV-1 Ventura index
Lockheed's PV-1 Ventura never received the general accolades of many of the other warplanes featured here. Apparently an evolutionary outgrowth of the redoubtable Hudson (included here), Venturas saw most of their US duty in the Pacific.
In the October, 1944, issue, Industrial Aviation printed a Design Analysis article [ HTML ]. The ledger-sized foldout phantom rendering in that article formed the basis for the wallpapers presented here.
- "Aircraft Breakdown for Increased Production" [ PDF, 20.6 MiB ] , [ HTML ] describes some of the engineering considerations involved in making a design practical to produce. Examples are made with the Ventura and the B-17.
- The color front cover of Aviation for November, 1941, is a Pratt & Whitney ad, "Double Wasps on the Vega Ventura", a color painting of a Ventura dropping bombs, seen from below left.
The bomb bay doors are depicted inaccurately.
- Flying's "For Identification" feature for June, 1942, is about the Lockheed Lodestar on the ground with hatches open; view is from 10 o'clock; plane has NEI markings. British nickname is Ventura.
- A Vega (Lockheed) ad, "Open for business", features a drawing of two Venturas on a bomb run. Foreground plane, seen from 11 o'clock, is dropping bombs.
- A Vega (Lockheed) ad, "Bruiser", is formatted around a drawing of Venturas in formation. Viewpoint is 12 o'clock low; foreground plane is closeup of nose and left engine.
- A Vickers, Inc, (hydraulic controls) ad, "Lockheed Vega Ventura uses Vickers Hydromotive controls", shows a Ventura in RAF markings, seen from 10 o'clock.
- The color front cover of Aviation for April, 1943, is a Pratt & Whitney ad, "Venturas roar into action", is a color painting of a Ventura dropping bombs. View is from 2 o'clock low.
- A Vega (Lockheed) ad, "What do you mean medium bomber!", has a drawing of a Ventura dive bombing, seen from 6 o'clock.
- A Gallery photo, "Ventura", shows a Ventura in RAF markings from 10 o'clock, seen from another Ventura (right fin in foreground.)
Either the dorsal turret is unarmed or the photo has been expertly treated to disguise the weapons.
- The color front cover of Air News for September, 1943, "Vega Ventura B-34," shows a formation of Venturas; foreground plane is seen from 10 o'clock.
- A Pesco (division of Borg-Warner, pumps and accessories) ad, "Performance controls the air", features a color painting of Venturas in blue-over-grey camo flying patrol over a convoy. Foreground plane is shown from wing forward, seen from the left.
- A Vega (Lockheed) ad, "Holland earth for a homesick Dutchman", is an illustrated account of a low-altitude raid against German installations in Holland.
- A Vega (Lockheed) ad, "Introducing the Navy's first land-based bomber", has a drawing of Venturas attaacking a capital ship. Foreground plane is seen from 7 o'clock close.
- A Vega (Lockheed) ad, "Score one for the Sub-buster", is an illustrated account of the sinking of a U-Boat by a Ventura.
- A Norma-Hoffman Bearings Corp ad, "Lockheed Ventura PV-1 The Scourge of the Submarine is equipped with Norma-Hoffman precision bearings", shows a PV-1 from 11 o'clock low.
- A Gallery photo shows pilot and copilot in the cockpit of a Ventura, seen from behind:
"Flying southeast out of their South Pacific base, the pilot and co-pilot of this Ventura are on the lookout for enemy ships or subs."
- The Industrial Aviation Design Analysis article [ HTML ] includes
- A color Gallery photo, "Lockheed Ventura (PV-1) is readied for delivery to a Navy squadron", shows the left side of the fuselage and inner left wing as seen from next to the left end of the horizontal stabilizer. Ship is in blue-over-grey camo.
The sign on the door says "Parachute Exit."
- A Chevron ad, "Stars in the sky
. the Lockhhed PV," has several drawings of Venturas in action, including a partial phantom view.