Staff Writer (Updated: 2/7/2013):
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.
The F2H Banshee was designed to a United States Navy specification to undertake carrier operations like the Phantom before it, though with increased power and size. Once development was completed, the F2H series became only the second jet fighter in US naval service since the end of World War Two. The system went on to see substantial action in the Korean War for all three years of the conflict but would be steadily replaced by the more modern designs coming down the pipe by the end of the war.
In all, over 800 Banshees were produced for the United States Navy, a decent production amount considering the changing technology. Canada received several refurbished units for their navy forces and Banshees continued to serve with the USN up until the 1960's in a more limited role.