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U.S. NAVY AIRCRAFT -- 1922-1962 DESIGNATION SYSTEM

Brewster F2A "Buffalo" Fighters
Miscellaneous Views

This page features close-up and distant views of Brewster F2A "Buffalo" fighters.

For more views of F2A aircraft, see:

Photo #: 80-G-K-830 (Color)

Lieutenant Walter A. Haas, USNR,

Instructing flight students from the cockpit of a Brewster F2A "Buffalo" fighter, at Naval Air Station, Miami, Florida, 9 April 1943. The F2A was then in use as a training aircraft.
Lieutenant Haas had recently returned from the war zone.
Note that the students are wearing white cap covers and khaki shirts.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection

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Photo #: 80-G-K-691 (Color)

Aviation Ordnanceman

Loads the fuselage .50 caliber machineguns of a Brewster F2A "Buffalo" fighter with ammunition, at Naval Air Station, Miami, Florida, 9 April 1943. The F2A was then in use as a training aircraft.
Note 3:1 ratio of black-tipped armor-piercing ammunition to red-tipped tracer ammunition.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection

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Photo #: 80-G-26567

USS Long Island (AVG-1)

Underway on 8 July 1941, with two F2A fighters parked at the forward end of her flight deck.
Note flight deck markings: "LI". The ship is painted in Measure 1 camouflage, with heavy weathering of paint evident on the hull side.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-416362

USS Lexington (CV-2)

Leaving San Diego, California, 14 October 1941.
Planes parked on her flight deck include F2A-1 fighters (parked forward), SBD scout-bombers (amidships) and TBD-1 torpedo planes (aft).
Note the false bow wave painted on her hull, forward, and badly chalked condition of the hull's camouflage paint.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.

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Photo #: 19-N-27986

USS Long Island (AVG-1)

Photographed in Measure 12 (Modified) camouflage, circa 10 November 1941.
Planes on her flight deck include seven Curtiss SOC-3A scout observation types and one Brewster F2A fighter.

Photograph from the Bureau of Ships Collection in the U.S. National Archives.

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Photo #: 80-G-11636

Battle of Midway, June 1942

Damaged and partially disassembled Grumman F4F-3 "Wildcat" fighter (Bureau # 4006) on Sand Island, Midway, circa 24-25 June 1942.
This plane, a unit of Marine Fighting Squadron 221 (VMF-221), was flown by Captain John F. Carey, USMC, during the squadron's attack on incoming Japanese planes on the morning of 4 June. Carey was wounded in this action.
Several other planes are visible right background, including F2A-3 "Buffalo" fighters.
For more information on this scene, see: Photo # 80-G-11636 (Complete caption).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection

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Photo #: 80-G-K-13386 (Color)

Naval Air Station, Miami, Florida

Training aircraft on the parking ramp, circa 1942-43.
Note the variety of types, some built for training purposes and others former combat aircraft. The latter feature a wide variety of color schemes and markings.
Planes closest to the camera are North American SNJ-3 & SNJ-5 trainers.
Those beyond include Brewster F2A fighters (at right); Grumman F2F and F3F fighters (left and center); Curtiss SBC scout bombers (just beyond the fighters); and Northrup BT bombers (left distance).

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection

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Photo #: 80-G-K-13384 (Color)

North American SNJ-3 "Texan" training aircraft

At a Naval Air Station (possibly NAS Miami, Florida), during World War II. The SNJ-3 at left is Bureau # 6830.
Note tractor preparing to tow the SNJ in the center; and several Brewster F2A "Buffalo" fighters in the background.

Official U.S. Navy Photograph, National Archives collection

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To the best of our knowledge, the pictures referenced here are all in the Public Domain, and can therefore be freely downloaded and used for any purpose.



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