‘Black Friday’ - February 9th, 1945. A disastrous attack on German Destroyer Z-33 in a Norwegian Fiord saw the loss of nine Beaufighters, one P-51 Mustang, fourteen aircrew KIA, and four aircrew taken PoW, losses made more painful by the neari[...]
Taegu AFB South Korea 1952
the little round hole was an access cover so ground crew could get to the electronics below the canopy
pilot is Col. Joe Davis Jr.
58th Bomb Wing
the white canopy frames were not individual windows...the frames w[...]
Alfred Magee Jr returns to the light carrier USS Cowpens (CVL 25) unaware that he has a catastrophic fuel leak on 24th November, 1943 during the Gilberts raids. Despite taking hits in his Hellcat and being on fire, Magee landed the aircraft safe[...]
This is the Kitty Hawk F2H-2 done almost OOB, using kit decals. I added Furball canopy decals, along with a scratched metal pitot. Reading the reviews of this KH kit is not very much fun, because they highlight a lot of problems that this kit ha[...]
Firstly, a confession. This is a re-post of one of my favourite aircraft & like many others
(I think) I was hoping that the new Kitty hawk kit would bring me the satisfaction I have been waiting so many years for. Didn't happen! There have [...]
Completed my Academy 1/72 F2H-3 Banshee. This is the most recent boxing. I built it mostly OOB just adding some wingtip navigation lights and some wire and plastic card to help make the ejection seat look more like a ...ejection seat. The kit h[...]
Yes, folks, this is the Kitty Hawk 1/48 F2H-2 Banshee. I don't think I need to go into the history of the plane as you guys already know far more about it than me, suffice to say that it's a jet fighter bomber designed for the US Navy and Mari[...]
This the Hobbycraft Mcdonnell F-2H-3,in VF-31 livery circa 1953-56, I added a tail bumper and pitot tube and it kit bashed decals. I used MM aluminum plate metalizer rattle can for the paint. In this time period the Navy was experimenting with a[...]
In contrast with the profiles posted in the first part of this article, the later versions of the F2H Banshee offered a rather greater variety of color schemes. These late-production Banshees also looked quite different from the original.
Following the recent release of a new 1/48 F2H-2 Banshee from Kitty Hawk, let's have a look at some of the markings and history of this aircraft.
In late 1944, US Navy ordered three carrier-based jet fighters, the Vought XF6U-1 Pirate, the McDo[...]