|Manufacturer||Brewster Aeronautical Corporation|
|Maiden Flight||1 January 1938|
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseThe F2A Buffalo fighters were the first monoplane carrier fighter of the United States Navy. The first deliveries began in Jun 1939, with the first few serving aboard the carrier Saratoga. Most of the first batch, however, were sold to Finland. Subsequently, Britain, British Commonwealth nations, Belgium, and the Netherlands all submitted purchase orders for them. The United States Marine Corps flew 25 Buffalo fighters during the Battle of Midway, but 15 of them were lost partly due to the inexperience of the pilots and partly due to the fighters being out-numbered and out-classed by the superior Japanese counterparts. British and Dutch pilots who flew these fighters in the Pacific War fared much better; a few became aces in Buffalos. Buffalos really shined in the hands of Finnish pilots, however. During the Continuation War, Finnish pilots leveraged the Buffalos' long range and endurance to achieve a stunning kill:loss ratio of 26:1 between 1941 and 1945 by downing 496 Russian and German aircraft, though Russian and German records did not substantiate this claim.
Last Major Revision: Jun 2006
|Machinery||Wright R-1820-40 radial engine rated at 1,200hp|
|Armament||4x0.50 caliber machine guns|
|Wing Area||19.41 mÂ²|
|Weight, Empty||2,220 kg|
|Weight, Maximum||3,290 kg|
|Speed, Maximum||515 km/h|
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