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  • McDonnell F2H Banshee Single-Seat, Twin-Engine Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft


    The F2H Banshee series of straight-wing jet aircraft saw combat action in the Korean War.

     Updated: 6/19/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com


    The twin-engine, single-seat F2H Banshee was based on the successes that the McDonnell company found with the F1H Phantom series of jet aircraft. Even appearing similar to the aforementioned craft, the F2H Banshee was in fact a more potent platform fitted with more powerful engines and overall increased size.

    The F2H was a basic jet design consistent with the time. The low-mounted straight-wing monoplane design housed two wingtip fuel tanks for increased range, though this was almost a requirement of feeding the earlier and hungry turbojet designs. The pilots cockpit was fitted at front, just above and forward of the wing assemblies with the 4 x 20mm cannon armament fixed into the nose. A single rudder with mid-mounted elevators sat at rear. Intakes were mounted at the wing roots and exhaust was jettisoned just a short placing later.


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    McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee Technical Specifications


    Service Year: 1947
    Type: Single-Seat, Twin-Engine Jet-Powered Fighter Aircraft
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): McDonnell Aircraft - USA
    Production Total: 895



    Structural (Crew Space, Dimensions and Weights)


    Operating Crew: 1
    Length: 48.16 feet (14.68 meters)
    Width: 41.77 feet (12.73 meters)
    Height: 14.50 feet (4.42 meters)

    Weight (Empty): 13,184 lb (5,980 kg)
    Weight (MTOW): 25,214 lb (11,437 kg)

    Installed Power and Standard Day Performance


    Engine(s): 2 x Westinghouse J34-WE-30 turbojets developing 3,150lb of thrust each.

    Maximum Speed: 580 mph (933 kph; 504 knots)
    Maximum Range: 1,170 miles (1,883 km)
    Service Ceiling: 46,604 feet (14,205 meters; 8.83 miles)
    Rate-of-Climb: 9,000 feet-per-minute (2,743 m/min)

    Armament / Mission Payload


    STANDARD:
    4 x 20mm cannons

    OPTIONAL:
    2 x Provision for underwing drop bomb racks.

    Global Operators / Customers


    Canada; United States

    Model Variants (Including Prototypes)


    F2H "Banshee" - Base Series Designation

    XF2D-1

    XF2H-1

    F2H-1

    F2H-2

    F2H-2B

    F2H-2C

    F2H-2D

    F2H-2N

    F2H-2P

    F2H-3

    F2H-3P

    F2H-4

    F2H-5