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F2H-1 Banshee (McDonnell 1948)

The F2H-1 Banshee, a single-place Navy tactical fighter, was introduced in 1947. The Banshee was similar in design and appearance to the FH-1 Phantom, although larger and with more powerful twin Westinghouse J34 engines which gave about twice the power of the J30 engines in the FH-1. The Banshee's engines were installed in expanded wing roots next to the fuselage to reduce aerodynamic drag. Designed to conform to the Navy's exacting requirements for carrier operations, and to meet its needs for high speeds and increased rates of climb, the F2H Banshee became the Navy's standard aircraft for all-weather fighter missions of extended range.

F2H-1 Banshee