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Brewster SB2A Buccaneer

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Top speed  441 km/h
Wingspan  14 m
Length  12 m
Range  2,696 km
Weight  4,501 kg
Cruise speed  260 km/h
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Engine type  Wright R-2600 Twin Cyclone

The Brewster SB2A Buccaneer was a single-engined mid-wing monoplane scout/bomber aircraft built for the United States Navy during the early 1940s. It was also supplied to the United States Army Air Corps.

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Design and development

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The SB2A (Brewster Model 340) was a development of Brewster's earlier SBA scout-bomber, sharing the single-engined, mid-winged monoplane layout of the earlier aircraft, but was larger and had a more powerful engine. It carried up to 1,000 lb (454 kg) of bombs in an internal bomb bay and for defensive purposes was fitted with a power-operated turret armed with two .30 in machine guns supplementing a further four forward-firing guns.

Brewster SB2A Buccaneer 15 Facts About the SB2A Buccaneer Probably one of the Worst Planes

The US Navy ordered a prototype XSB2A on 4 April 1939, which first flew on 17 June 1941. Large-scale orders had already been placed by this time, however, with the United Kingdom ordering 750 aircraft as the Brewster Bermuda and the Netherlands ordering a further 162 to equip the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force. The first US Navy production order, for 140 aircraft, was placed on 24 December 1940.

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The RAAF had plans to order approximately 240 Bermudas in mid-1941 to re-equip 11 squadrons, but problems with the plane led the RAAF to cancel the order in November 1941, opting instead for the Vultee Vengeance.

Operational history

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The Royal Air Force purchased a version based on the SB2A-1s which they designated the Bermuda. They were used for training and target towing. Five of the Cyclone-powered aircraft under the model number '340' were supplied to the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy for assessment - four as dive bombers and one as a target towing tug.

Variants

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XSB2A-1 Buccaneer
(Model 340-7) Prototype, one built.
SB2A-2
(Model 340-20)Initial production, revised armament - non-folding wings. 80 built.
SB2A-3
(Model 340-26) Fitted with folding wings and arrestor hook for carrier operations. 60 built.
SB2A-4
(Model 340-17) Requisitioned aircraft built for Netherlands. 162 built.
A-34 Bermuda
Designation for Lend Lease production for United Kingdom (see below)
Bermuda Mk.1
Model 340-14 production for United Kingdom. Powered gun mounting replaced by flexible gun mounting. Only 468 of 750 ordered were delivered.
R340
United States Army Air Force designation for Bermuda 1 aircraft not delivered to the United Kingdom and used as ground training airframes.

Operators

 Canada
  • Royal Canadian Air Force. Three Bermuda 1s used for trials then used as ground instructional airframes.
  •  United Kingdom
  • Royal Air Force
  • Fleet Air Arm
  •  United States
  • United States Army Air Corps
  • United States Navy
  • United States Marine Corps
  • Survivors

    A-34
  • RAF s/n FF860 - National Museum of Naval Aviation at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida. It is displayed as a US Navy SB2A Buccaneer.
  • s/n unknown - in storage at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona.
  • Specifications (SB2A-2)

    Data from United States Navy Aircraft since 1911

    General characteristics

  • Crew: two: pilot and gunner
  • Length: 39 ft 2 in (11.94 m)
  • Wingspan: 47 ft 0 in (14.33 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 5 in (4.70 m)
  • Wing area: 379 ft² (35.2 m²)
  • Empty weight: 9,924 lb (4,501 kg)
  • Loaded weight: 12,239 lb (5,552 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 14,289 lb (6,495 kg)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-2600-8 radial engine, 1,700 hp (1,268 kW)
  • Performance

  • Maximum speed: 274 mph (238 kn, 441 km/h)
  • Range: 1,675 mi (1,455 nmi, 2,696 km)
  • Service ceiling: 24,900 ft (7,590 m)
  • Armament

  • Guns:
  • 2 × .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns in fuselage
  • 2 × .30 in (7.62 mm) M1919 Browning machine guns in wings
  • 2 × .30 in (7.62 mm) machine guns in flexible rear mount
  • Bombs: 1,000 lb (450 kg)
  • References

    Brewster SB2A Buccaneer Wikipedia


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