The American Military Heritage Foundation is dedicated to flying, maintaining and restoring this rare 1945 Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon aircraft. One of only three airworthy aircraft of its type, the Harpoon is always a rare sight in the air or on the ground. Our goal is to provide this plane with a supporting museum and hangar to share with the public, but we need your help.
Designed as an extended range replacement for the Lockheed PV-1 Ventura, the PV-2 Harpoon entered military service with the US Navy in March of 1945. This workhorse of the air-war filled many roles in WWII. PV-2s were used as bombers, patrol bombers, and attack aircraft. Normal operation was usually without fighter escort due to their ability to adequately defend themselves. Armament could consist of (9) .50 caliber machine guns, (8) 5 inch HVAR rockets, (2) 1,000lb bombs, or a combination of 4,000 pounds in bombs or depth charges. The primary use in the Pacific Theatre of the PV-2 was for interdiction and anti-submarine patrol. Harpoons based in the Aleutians were used to bomb the Japanese home islands by equipping the aircraft with long range fuel tanks in place of the two wing mounted 1,000lb bombs. During the last months of WWII, PV-2s 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 bases located in the Pacific. Active and Reserve Squadrons carrying out this vital work were the VPB-131, VPB-135, VPB-136, VPB-139 and the VPB-153.
Though our plane survived the Second World War and active use into the late 1950s, time and exposure to the elements is an ongoing fierce battle. Please help us continue to carry out our mission by making a donation in support of the organization or in tribute to the heroes that have served with this vital aircraft. Every donation will be gratefully accepted and bring us closer to reaching our goal of a facility worthy of the great men and women that served with this rare, little known aircraft.