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BREWSTER A-34

Posted 12/31/2008 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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RAF Brewster Bermuda I (S/N FF 741). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The A-34 designation was assigned for contractual purposes to a Lend-Lease version of the Brewster SB2A-2 intended for delivery to Great Britain. The SB2A-2 and Model B-340E (export version) "Bermuda" (originally known as "Buccaneer") were modified for land use and much of the equipment for operating from an aircraft carrier removed (folding wings, arrestor hook and catapult gear). The rear turret of the Navy version was replaced with a flexible machine gun mount for the rear gunner. The "Bermuda" was inferior to other more capable aircraft and was used primarily in secondary roles like training and target tug.


Type Number built/
converted
Remarks
A-34 450 Model B-340E


TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: Four .30-cal. machine guns and two .50-cal. machine guns, plus provisions for up to 1,000 lbs. of bombs
Engine: Wright R-2600-19 Cyclone radial of 1,600 hp
Maximum speed: 295 mph
Cruising speed: Approx. 180 mph
Range: 1,650 miles
Service ceiling: 28,000 ft.
Span: 47 ft. 0 in.
Length: 39 ft. 2 in.
Height: 10 ft. 10 in.
Weight: 12,700 lbs. maximum
Crew: Two (pilot and observer/rear gunner)
Serial numbers: Air Corps serial numbers not assigned, but RAF Lend-Lease aircraft delivered as FF 419 to FF 868

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