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Lockheed PV-1 Ventura in action - Aircraft No. 48 Paperback – January 1, 1985


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 50 pages
  • Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications; 1st edition (1985)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0897471180
  • ISBN-13: 978-0897471183
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,834,407 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cpt matt VINE VOICE on February 20, 2011
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The sleek & sexy P-38 and a host of other glamour planes by Lockheed over shadowed many other attention deserving planes such as the Ventura. Ordered by the British for a medium bomber. The Vetura was a development of the civilian Lodestar. The Navy adapted this as a Patrol bomber and used it very successfully in the Aleutians (bombing the Kurulies Islands), Phillipines, Central & Southwest Pacific as well as the Altantic theaters. Over 2100 were built (including the larger, slower Harpoon PV-2 which is also covered in this book).

This is an excellent book for modelers, aviation buffs who want to see this capable, compotent, reliable aircraft. The text covers the history & development of the plane through its service in the varied theaters. Line drawings, clear & crips B&W photos show the adaptations of armament, 2 pages of color drawings show the paint schemes used. Since other Mediums such as the B-25 Mitchell and B-26 Maurader got more press, planes like these don't get as much coverage in books. The In Action helps address this & fills a nitch. For those interested in the operation conditions in which some of these crews fought, check out The Last Flight of Bomber 31, the true story of the Aleutians campaign.
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By carolyn knight on December 18, 2013
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Looks like someone either folded or sat on the spine of this book. But my own fault for purchasing Used. At least it looks like a great book & my son will enjoy it
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By Carl Sisco on September 12, 2013
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Very concise and informative. Great reference source. The book was listed as used but was more in a "like new" condition. Very happy with this purchase.
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For the money, this is easily the best single reference on the Ventura/Harpoon, an important but often-overlooked aircraft. This book gives an overview of all Ventura variants, along with a brief operational history of each type. There are about eighty B&W photos on the 47 pages, along with twenty-one line drawings illustrating aircraft profiles and details. Also featured is the usual centerfold of ten color aircraft profile drawings. The major weakness - and I say this from a modeler's standpoint - is the lack of interior photos. There is just one, and it's of the cockpit of the British version. Steve Ginter's "Naval Fighters' volume on the PV-1/PV-2 is much more comprehensive, but you'll pay three or four times as much as this offering from Squadron/Signal. Otherwise, this book is the best place to start if you want to learn more about Lockheed's Ventura.
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