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.
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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.