McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee
These photos were taken by Don
Weixl and Geoff
The Banshee entered US Navy service in 1948 as their second carrier jet fighter. They served with distinction with the USN in Korea. The Banshee replaced the Royal Canadian Navy's Hawker Sea Fury as the RCN's first and only jet fighter. The RCN acquired 39 Banshees from 1955 to 1958. Banshees operated from shore bases and from the aircraft carrier HMCS Bonaventure after 1957. The Banshee was the RCN's last fighter and was not replaced when retired in 1962. A total of 805 were made.
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These are a combination of the Banshee held at the National Aeronautical Collection in Rockcliffe, Ontario and the Banshee held at the HMCS Tecumseh naval Museum in Calgary, Alberta.
The 14 photos directly below were taken by Geoff McDonell.
Photos taken at Canada Aviation Museum, Ottawa, Canada
The 11 photos directly below were taken by Don Weixl.