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F2A-2 Buffalo

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Model Description

This collectable model F2A-2 Buffalo represents the Navy�s first monoplane fighter, entering service in April 1939 and was very quickly outclassed by enemy fighters. Painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by skilled craftsmen using a wealth of detail, this 1/24-scale model F2A-2 Buffalo makes a great gift for any pilot, aviation enthusiast or history buff.

Development of the Buffalo began in 1935, when the Navy sought a replacement for its Grumman F3F biplane. The Brewster B-139 won the contract with a monoplane design with retractable main gear, split flaps and a streamlines canopy. Top speed was 323 mph in the F2A-2 model, which featured a more powerful Wright R-1820 radial engine.

The Buffalo was armed with four machine guns, but lacked armor and self-sealing fuel tanks. While early models were very maneuverable, it was clear by 1940 that the aircraft was outclassed by foreign designs. However, the Buffalo went into battle in the early days of the war, and served with Finland through most of World War II.

British and Dutch pilots used the Buffalo in combat in the Pacific, as did U.S. Marine Corps pilots in the Battle of Midway. While the Buffalos shot down a number of Japanese aircraft, overall it performed poorly and was soon withdrawn from service in favor of more advanced types.

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