Marine Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron 2 (VMJ-2), 1958



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The Banshee was developed as an enlarged version of the McDonnell FD-1 Phantom. The aircraft featured more powerful engines and greater armament than the earlier aircraft. The F2H-1 prototype first flew on January 11, 1947 and operational aircraft reached service in March 1949. By the end of 1949 the F2H-2 version of the aircraft was in service. It featured a longer fuselage and longer wings which allowed more fuel to be carried, increasing the plane's range. The F2H-3 and F2H-4 featured an even longer fuselage and more fuel as well as a search radar making them all-weather and night capable. The F2H-2 was also modified into a photo reconnaissance version with a lengthened nose housing several cameras. The Banshee was used extensively during the Korean War as both a fighter and a reconnaissance plane. Banshees were also sold to Canada and served in the Canadian Navy from 1955 until 1962. The last Banshees left the U.S. Navy's inventory in 1965.


  • Wingspan: 44 ft 10 in
  • Length: 40 ft 2 in
  • Height: 14 ft 6 in
  • Weight: 22,312 lbs
  • Max. Speed: 532 mph
  • Service Ceiling: 44,800 feet
  • Range: 1,475 miles
  • Engines: Two Westinghouse J34-WE-34 turbojets with 3,250 pounds of thrust
  • Crew: 1