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For all its faults, the roly-poly Brewster Buffalo is an oddly endearing airplane. Here is the story of how it became the first monoplane fighter adopted by the U.S. Navy, only to be fobbed off to Finland, Britain, and the U.S. Marines. (The Navy instead bought quantities of the Grumman F4F Wildcat.) Surprise! The Finns tore great holes through the Red Air Force with the very same plane. What explains the remarkable success of the Buffalo in a northern war while it was judged a 'suicide barrel' in the Pacific theater? (For more on this general subject, see the Annals of the Brewster Buffalo on the WarbirdForum dot com) Blue skies! -- Dan Ford
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