McDonnell F2H-2P Banshee

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
McDonnell
Markings
Marine Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron 2 (VMJ-2), 1958
Designation
F2H-2P
Serial Number
125690

McDonnell F2H-2P Banshee

The Banshee was developed as an enlarged version of the McDonnell FD-1 Phantom. The aircraft featured more powerful engines and greater armament than the earlier aircraft. The F2H-1 prototype first flew on January 11, 1947 and operational aircraft reached service in March 1949. By the end of 1949 the F2H-2 version of the aircraft was in service. It featured a longer fuselage and longer wings which allowed more fuel to be carried, increasing the plane’s range. The F2H-3 and F2H-4 featured an even longer fuselage and more fuel as well as a search radar making them all-weather and night capable. The F2H-2 was also modified into a photo reconnaissance version with a lengthened nose housing several cameras. The Banshee was used extensively during the Korean War as both a fighter and a reconnaissance plane. Banshees were also sold to Canada and served in the Canadian Navy from 1955 until 1962. The last Banshees left the U.S. Navy’s inventory in 1965.

Specifications
Wingspan 44 ft 10 in
Length 40 ft 2 in
Height 14 ft 6 in
Weight 22,312 lbs
Max. Speed 532 mph
Service Ceiling 44,800 feet
Range 1,475 miles
Engines Two Westinghouse J34-WE-34 turbojets with 3,250 pounds of thrust
Crew 1