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F2H-3 Banshee

by Geoff McDonell

 

F2H-3 Banshee

 

 

F2H-3 Banshee

 

The first jet fighter to serve with the Royal Canadian Navy, the F2H-3 Banshee began service with the RCN in 1956 as a front line all weather fighter, flying from the HMCS Bonaventure. It was capable of carrying early versions of the Sidewinder missile on underwing pylons to supplement the four 20mm cannons. 

 

 

A total of 39 Banshees served with the RCN from 1956 to 1962. 

Two examples are preserved in Canada - one at the National Aeronautical Collection in Ottawa, and the other is with the Calgary Aerospace Museum. These walkaround photos are a selection of details from both the aircraft. 

 

 

For more details on the RCN Banshees I highly recommend the book: Banshees in the Royal Canadian Navy, by Carl Mills, Banshee Publications Ltd. 1991.


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Images and Captions Copyright 2001 by Geoff McDonell
Page Created 24 January, 2001
Last Updated 18 May, 2001

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