Memoirs of Korea
by Captain Bernard W. Peterson
of Korea Page 10
Short Straw is a tremendous book written by Captain Bernard
W. Peterson about the Korean War and the The McDonnell
The Banshee is 48' 2" long, 13' 11"
high and has a wingspan of 41' 8". The F2 Banshee has an empty weight
of 13,183 lbs and a maximum weight of 28,500 lbs. It has 2 Westinghouse
J34-WE-34 jet engines producing 3,250 lbs each. The Banshee has a
cruise speed of 461 mph, a maximum speed of 527 mph, a maximum climb rate
of 5,900 feet per min. and a maximum range of 1,170 miles.
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McDonnell F2H-2 Banshee
Made its appearance in 1949, having a longer
fuselage than earlier versions in order to accommodate more fuel in the
fuselage as well as as fixed wingtip tanks. They produced 334 under
two contracts between Aug '49 and Sep '52, making this the most popular
of all Banshee variants used by the U.S. Navy and Marines. Two J34-WE-34,
3150 lb thrust jet engines powered this fighter. It was equipped
with four 20mm cannons, and some variants had refueling probes and cameras.
I personally remember the Marine Banshee squadrons in Korea being used
for photographic missions.
Excerpt from "Short
Straw," by Captain Bernard Peterson..
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