National Geographic : 1943 Sep
Introducing the Navy's first land.based bomber 1. PV-1 -That's the U. S. Navy's name for the Vega Ventura. It's a nautical version of the smashing new twin-engine bomber that is making a flaming Hell out of Ger man industrial centers in almost daily R. A. F. raids. These deep bellied Navy PV-1's strike at sea. They swoop in low from the sky with torpedoes for marauding surface craft or "ash can" depth charges for sub-busting. 2. Operating from land bases, the PV-1 is the first Navy bomber of its type to tackle thejob of clearing Allied shipping lanes so that pre cious supplies may go through. Airfields on small island outposts are big enough for PV-l's, and droppable fuel tanks give the planes effective range to blast the enemy. Military experts say it may be the answer to the United Na tions' No. 1 war problem-licking the enemy's submarinewolfpacks. 3. Like the Ventura it is versatile -capable of many jobs. Designed primarily forbombing,its4000h.p. also can be useful for towing tar gets for fighter plane practice, or for hauling troop-laden gliders. 4. Bigger, faster, and able to carry a larger load than the Lockheed Hudson, which theyclosely resem ble, the PV-1 and theVegaVentura retain thesame qualities ofdepend ability. Single spar wing construc tion, 100% X-Rayof all stress parts and ruggedness of design are the qualities of stamina that permit these planes to go through so much -yet bring the crews home safely. ALLFIRSTCLASSMAIL Lockheed Lightnliing Fighter BY AIR- ITS COMING! 'eltura Mediuml Bomber A subsidiary of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation Copr. 1943, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Vega Aircraft Corporation. Burbank. Calif. MeicUer Aircraft War Productiol Council. Inc.