Brewster SB2A Buccaneer

SB2A Buccaneer picture
Having just completed the design of the SBA scout-bomber, Brewster set about to produce a more effective aircraft with heavier armament, increased bomb load and higher performance. Unfortunately, performance was far below that anticipated, and the larger, much heavier aircraft lacked maneuverability. The British were supplied SB2As under lend-lease (designated "Bermudas" by the British), but they also found them completely unsuitable for combat operations. As a result, SB2As only saw second-line service as target towing and training aircraft.

Additional information on this aircraft can be found at Wikipedia here.
(updated February 2009)

Brewster SB2A Buccaneer

Type:		naval scout bomber
Crew:		2: Pilot, gunner
Armament: 	two .50 cal machine guns in fuselage
		two .30 cal machine guns in wing
		two .30 cal machine guns in rear cockpit
		up to 1,000 lb of bombs

	Length:        	39' 2" (11.94 m)
	Height:        	15' 5" (4.70 m)
	Wingspan:      	47' 0" (14.33 m)
	Wing area:	379 sq. ft (35.21 sq. m)
	Empty Weight:  	9924 lb (4501 kg)
	Max Weight: 	14,289 lb (6481 kg) max at takeoff

	No. of Engines:	1
	Powerplant:    	Wright R-2600-8 Cyclone radial
	Horsepower:	1200 hp

	Range:		1675 miles (2696 km) without bombload
	Cruise Speed:   161 mph ( 259 km/h)
	Max Speed:      274 mph ( 441 km/h) at 12000 ft
	Ceiling:       	24,900 ft (7590 m)

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