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  • Brewster SB2A Buccaneer Carrierborne Scout Bomber Aircraft

    The Brewster SB2A Buccaneer scout bomber led a rather nondescript service life heading into World War 2.

     Updated: 5/5/2016; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The Brewster Aeronautical Corporation managed to sell the United States Navy (USN) its proposed aircraft design for a new scout bomber requirement during the 1930s. This work eventually produced the Brewster "SBN" line which first flew in 1936, was produced in 30 examples by the Naval Aircraft Factory of Philadelphia, and formally introduced into USN service during 1941. Work began on a more developed form which was also built along the lines of scout-bomber as the Brewster "Model 340". The new aircraft was dimensionally larger than the earlier SBN and fitted with a stronger engine for improved output but retained the same general form and function as the design before it. First flight of an "XSB2A" prototype occurred on June 17th, 1941, months ahead of the Japanese surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December to thrust American into war. The type was accepted into USN service as the SB2A "Buccaneer" and went on to live a rather nondescript service life despite the 771 models produced by Brewster.

    The final form included mid-mounted monoplane wing assemblies along a tubular fuselage for its crew of two - pilot and rear gunner. The cockpits were under a long, greenhouse style canopy which held a pair of sliding sections that could be left open for excellent viewing out-of-the-cockpit. The pilot sat just behind the engine compartment at front, the engine driving a three-bladed propeller assembly. The undercarriage was only partially retractable and this at the main legs - the tail wheel was fixed during flight. The empennage including the usual single, rounded vertical tail fin and low-set horizontal planes - on the whole the Buccaneer was a very conventional product but consistent for the period.

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    Brewster SB2A-2 Buccaneer Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 1941
    Type: Carrierborne Scout Bomber Aircraft
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): Brewster Aeronautical Corporation - USA
    Production Total: 771

    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)

    Operating Crew: 2
    Length: 39.17 feet (11.94 meters)
    Width: 47.01 feet (14.33 meters)
    Height: 15.42 feet (4.70 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 9,921 lb (4,500 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 14,330 lb (6,500 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance

    Engine(s): 1 x Wright R-2600-8 radial piston engine developing 1,700 horsepower.

    Maximum Speed: 273 mph (440 kph; 238 knots)
    Maximum Range: 1,678 miles (2,700 km)
    Service Ceiling: 24,934 feet (7,600 meters; 4.72 miles)

    Armament / Mission Payload

    2 x 0.50 caliber Browning M2 heavy machine guns in fuselage.
    4 x 0.30 caliber Browning M1919 medium machine guns in wings (2 per wing).
    2 x 0.30 caliber Browning M1919 medium machine guns in power-operated rear turret OR flexible mounting.

    Up to 1,000lb of conventional drop stores held in an internal bomb bay.

    Global Operators / Customers

    Canada; United Kingdom; United States

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)

    SB2A "Buccaneer" - Base Series Designation

    XSB2A-1 - Single Prototype Example

    SB2A-2 - Initial production model; fixed wing; modified armament; 80 examples.

    SB2A-3 - Folding wings; arrestor hook assembly; 60 examples.

    SB2A-4 - Dutch East Indies order; taken on by USN in 162 examples.

    A-34 "Bermuda" - British Designation

    Bermuda Mk.1 - British RAF/FAA model; power-operated turret replaced with flexible gun mounting; 468 examples.

    R340 - USAAF designation for Bermuda Mk.1 not delivered to Britain.