The design of the Brewster Buffalo was fundamental in every sense of the word with the four fixed 12.7mm machine guns being the only true saving grace of the machine. The aircraft proved too heavy for dogfighting and suffered from poor maneuverability to boot. From the initial order of 54, only 11 were actually accepted into service with US forces, seeing action in the first engagement at the Battle of Midway. This engagement solidified the deficiencies inherent in the aircraft as 13 out of the 19 available Buffalos were lost to enemy fire.
The British received the F2A as well, going on to furnish the official name of "Buffalo" to the system. Initial experiences showed the aircraft too outmatched for even the slightest of engagements in Europe and the system was shipped to the Pacific where it found modest success in Singapore against the Japanese. Finland proved to be the only successful user of the Brewster F2A Buffalo, fighting off wave after wave of Soviet aggression during three years of war (Russo-Finnish War).
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