Sunday, March 17, 2013

the Brewster Buffalo, double World record holder, the best Finnish fighter of WW2

This pursuit plane got credit for being the best Finnish fighter of World War II. It was registered in The Guinness Book of World Records twice: for shooting down 477 enemy planes, an average of nearly 11 victories per Brewster, and for a single fighter (hull No BW-393) shooting down a record 41 enemy planes

The kill ratio for the Brewster against the soviet planes was 67.5 to 1.

Brewsters were bought by Finland, and one was stuck heavily in combat, caught on fire, and was emergency landed into a lake. The pilot walked away, and hiked 20 kilometers tot he front lines to join his side in the battle... hiked through a mine field.

In 1998 the remains of the plane were discovered and pulled out of the lake.

that isn't the Nazi swastika... history has shown that symbol to have been very old long before the German Nazi party put it on the worlds awareness as the symbol of everyone's enemy in WW2. Finland's air force was using the symbol since 1918

Interesting historical sidenote, the Finnish didn't ordinarily nickname their planes, but a couple were funded by private citizens, or a company, and were given names of those. Noka and Tre Broder (Nokia and 3 Brothers)  and they were rarely painted with anything but victory stripes, however, and I love this, one pilot used Karelia beer labels. That is cool.



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  2. A litlle bit of the comparison.

    Specifications (F2A-3)

    General characteristics

    Crew: 1
    Length: 26 ft 4 in (8.03 m)
    Wingspan: 35 ft 0 in (10.67 m)
    Height: 12 ft 0 in (3.66 m)
    Wing area: 209 sq ft (19.4 m2)
    Empty weight: 4,732 lb (2,146 kg)
    Max takeoff weight: 7,159 lb (3,247 kg)
    Powerplant: 1 × Wright R-1820-40 Cyclone 9 9-cyl air-cooled radial piston engine, 1,200 hp (890 kW)

    Maximum speed: 321 mph (517 km/h; 279 kn)
    Cruise speed: 161 mph (140 kn; 259 km/h)
    Range: 965 mi (839 nmi; 1,553 km)
    Service ceiling: 33,200 ft (10,119 m)
    Rate of climb: 2,440 ft/min (12.4 m/s) [N 9]

    2 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) nose-mounted M2 Browning machine guns
    2 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) wing-mounted M2 Browning machine guns

    Specifications (F2A-1 / Model 239)

    General characteristics

    Crew: 1
    Length: 7,9 m
    Wingspan: 10,7 m
    Height: 3,63 m
    Wing area: 19,4 m²
    Empty weight: 1 717 kg
    Max takeoff weight: 2 286 kg
    Powerplant: Wright_R-1820-G5 Cyclone (700 kW / 940 hv)

    Maximum speed: 484 km/h 5 200 m

    Range: 1 600 km
    Service ceiling: 10 100 m
    Rate of climb: 12.5m/s below 3000 m, 11.1m/s 3000-5000 m

    2 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) nose-mounted M2 Browning machine guns
    2 × 0.50 in (12.7 mm) wing-mounted M2 Browning machine guns

    .... attempt to improve performance led to disaster. Fighter became heavy and clumsy. Empty weight increased by more than 400 kilos, a slight increase the speed.