The Sorry Saga of the Brewster Buffalo: A "Flying Coffin" to the Marines, but a "Sky Pearl" to the Finns [NOOK Book]

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A group of Internet aviation fans once debated the subject of the worst fighter of World War II. Their hands-down favorite: the Brewster Buffalo.

Two books are titled 'The World’s Worst Aircraft'. The Buffalo is the only fighter from any era to have a chapter in both of them.

The Royal Air Force fobbed the Brewster fighter onto the Fleet Air Arm and colonial squadrons; the ...
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Overview

A group of Internet aviation fans once debated the subject of the worst fighter of World War II. Their hands-down favorite: the Brewster Buffalo.

Two books are titled 'The World’s Worst Aircraft'. The Buffalo is the only fighter from any era to have a chapter in both of them.

The Royal Air Force fobbed the Brewster fighter onto the Fleet Air Arm and colonial squadrons; the U.S. Navy gave it to the Marines. Pilots thought it was a sweet plane to fly, but noticed that the wheel struts sometimes broke, the engine leaked oil, and the guns sometimes didn’t fire. And when they flew it against the nimble fighters of Japan, too often they didn’t come back.

Yet all the while, the Finns tore great holes through the Russian air force with essentially the same plane.

In this short book, Daniel Ford tells the story of the bumbling Brewster Aeronautical company of Queens, New York, which struggled to produce a few hundred copies of its roly-poly warplane before it was finally seized by the government and used to build a competing fighter. Updated July 2013. About 9000 words. Photographs.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013075719
  • Publisher: Warbird Books
  • Publication date: 7/29/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 214,327
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Daniel Ford has spent a lifetime reading and writing about the wars of the past hundred years, from the Irish rebellion of 1916 to the counter-guerrilla operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is best known for his history of the American Volunteer Group--the 'Flying Tigers' of the Second World War--and his Vietnam novel that was filmed as 'Go Tell the Spartans', starring Burt Lancaster. Most recently, he has turned to the invasion of Poland in 1939 by Germany and Soviet Russia. Most of his books and many shorter pieces are available for the Nook ebook reader. He lives and works in New Hampshire.
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  • Posted September 9, 2011

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    A sorry saga indeed, except for the Finns

    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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