12/15/2017. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "As war became imminent and a reality, the USA as a whole came together in support of efforts in morality and in every aspect of sustaining material to the fronts. Walt Disney and company became one of the greatest contributors of WWII. With the help of his artists utilizing his familiar cartoon creations, Disney produced war training films, insignia, movie trailer shorts in support of the war and poster ad campaigns to name a few. This led to the hiring of a fulltime staff devoted to creating insignia for the war department.
Fortunately for the Lockheed Vega plant, the Disney studios was right next door in Burbank and whenever the artist had free time, he would stop by and paint cartoon characters on the noses and fuselages of various planes that came off the assembly line. In this case, PV-1 Venturas were being built and the bulk of the characters were Donald Duck and friends.
Occasionally a new character was created. One such Toon was Strato-Sam, a Lockheed worker that always had a pithy slogan against the axis. Soon alter came Kid Vega, an eager young naval ensign. Several of the known PV-1 squadrons that had Disney art were VP-131, VP-45, VP-17 and VP-30. The Donald Duck insignia is seen here behind the fuselage star."
This aircraft is pictured in several photos released by Lockheed, here the original caption of one of these photos:
NEWSBUREAU, LOCKHEED-CALIFORNIA COMPANY
(A DIVISION OF LOCKHEED CORPORATION)
VENTURA PV-1, U.S. NAVY
SUB-BUSTER--Similar to the Lockheed Ventura flown by the Army, the PV-1 carried more bombs, ammunition and radio equipment to meet Navy requirements. Active in air war from the Kuriles to the Marianas and the Philippines, it was assigned to search missions in the Pacific-missions calling for fighter speeds and reconnaissance bomber range. It could out-distance Japanese fighters and could fly 2,000 mls (3,219 km) with a heavy load of bombs, depth charges, rockets or torpedoes. The Ventura was prominent in virtually every offensive action in the Pacific from 1943 until war's end.
WING SPAN 65 ft 6 in (19.96 m)
LENGTH 51 ft 9 in (15.77 m)
HEIGHT 11 ft, 10.5 in (3.62 m)