McDonnell F2H-3 Banshee

These photos were taken by Don Weixl and Geoff McDonell.

Banshees DND photo EDS639   VF870 Sqn

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.

intake intake main gea main gear


nose area portside nose area stbd nose gear port wing folded


rear cockpit area tail area stbd tailhook area.


windscreen wing fold area wing fold inner panels


Photos taken at Canada Aviation Museum, Ottawa, Canada

The 11 photos directly below were taken by Don Weixl.

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