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McDonnell F2H2 Banshee

McDonnell F2H Banshee

The McDonnell F2H Banshee was a single-seat carrier-based jet fighter aircraft deployed by the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps from 1948 to 1961. It was one of the primary American fighters used during the Korean War and was the only jet-powered fighter ever deployed by the Royal Canadian Navy,[1] serving the RCN from 1955 until 1962. The aircraft's name is derived from the banshee of Irish mythology. US Navy and Marine pilots often referred to the F2H as the "Banjo".

The F2H-2 served during the Korean War with the US Navy's Task Force 77 and the Marine Corps. Due to its good performance at high altitude, the F2H-2 initially proved its worth as an escort fighter for USAF bombers, which were supporting United Nations Command (UNC) ground forces.


In 1954, a Banshee flew coast-to-coast, nonstop without refueling, approximately 1,900 miles (3,100 km) from NAS Los Alamitos, California to NAS Cecil Field, Florida, in approximately four hours.

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