26 ft. 0 in.
35 ft. 0 in.
4- .50 cal.
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.