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