Brewster Buffalo




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fighter
$54,000
one
Wright R-1820
1,200 h.p.
26 ft. 0 in.
35 ft. 0 in.
4,732 lbs.
7,160 lbs.
4- .50 cal.
160 mph
320 mph
2,300 fpm
33,000 feet
965 miles
12/2/37
1939




Brewster Buffalo

Brewster Buffalo

The Brewster Buffalo was one of the most successful fighters in the Finnish air force from 1941 to 1945. There it was designated as the B-239 or Taivaan Helmi. The aircraft was designated the F2A by the United States.

In Finnish service Brewster Buffalo aircraft were credited with 496 aircraft victories. They had losses of nineteen aircraft. The top Finnish Brewster Buffalo pilot was Hans Wind who had a total of 39 victories flying his aircraft.

The Finnish Air Force made a number of improvements to their Brewster Buffalo aircraft. These included the installation of pilot seat armor and replacing the two .30 cal. machine guns with four of .50 cal. The aircraft gun sights were also improved.

The Brewster Buffalo was the first monoplane fighter aircraft of the United States Navy. Some USMC aircraft saw action in the Battle of Midway where they gained a reputation as one of the worst combat aircraft. It is said that the aircraft had issues with overheating in the tropical climate.  However their poor combat record was not entirely their fault, but also resulted from inadequate pilot skills. Rather than use its dive speed and toughness, pilots with little experience tried to out turn and out climb the highly maneuverable Japanese adversary fighter aircraft.

A total of 509 Brewster Buffalo aircraft of all types were produced. 

Buffalo - Bates Plans
Brewster Buffalo
Shown above is the great looking Brewster Buffalo with a 105 in. wingspan and 80 in. length built by Mike Selby from Jerry Bates plans. He uses a 3W150 twin for power that gives it unlimited vertical performance.  It has an all up weight of around 38 lbs. Mike describes his Brewster Buffalo as easy to fly. It will take off quickly after a short run. Aileron response is very strong. The flaps are extremely effective in slowing the Brewster Buffalo for a soft landing.
 
Cleveland has plans for the RC Brewster Buffalo in wingspans of 13, 17, 26, 35, 5", 69 inches and a giant scale RC Brewster Buffalo of 104 inches.
The RC Brewster Buffalo from Durafly comes as PNF (Plug n Fly), and is of EPO foam construction.  Wingspan is 36 in. and length is 26 in. with power coming from a 28 mm - 1200 Kv motor.  Weight, less flight battery, is around 13 oz.




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