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SB2A Buccaneer
An SB2A-4 near Vero Beach, Florida, 1942-43
Role Scout bomber
National origin United States
Manufacturer Brewster Aeronautical Corporation
First flight 17 June 1941
Status Retired
Primary users United States Navy
United States Army Air Corps
Royal Air Force
Royal Navy
Number built 771

The Brewster SB2A Buccaneer was a single-engined mid-wing monoplane scout/bomber aircraft built for the United States Navy during the early 1940s. It was also supplied to the United States Army Air Corps.


Design and development

The SB2A was a development of Brewster's earlier SBA scout-bomber, sharing the single engined, mid-winged monoplane layout of the earlier aircraft, but was larger and powered by a more powerful engine. It carried up to 1,000 lb (454 kg) of bombs in an internal bomb-bay and for defensive purposes was fitted with a power operated turret armed with two .30 in machine guns supplementing a further four forward firing guns.

The US Navy ordered a prototype XSB2A on 4 April 1939, which first flew on 17 June 1941.[1] Large scale orders had already been placed by this time, however, with the United Kingdom ordering 750 aircraft as the Brewster Bermuda and the Netherlands ordering a further 162 to equip the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army Air Force. The first US Navy production order, for 140 aircraft, was placed on 24 December 1940.[1]

A version powered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine was designed for the United States Army Air Corps as the A-32.

Operational history

The Royal Air Force took delivery of some SB2A-1s under the terms of Lend-Lease where they were known as the Bermuda. They were used for training and target towing. Five of the Cyclone powered aircraft under the model number '340' were supplied to the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy for assessment.


XSB2A-1 Buccaneer
Prototype. One built.
Initial production, revised armament - non-folding wings. 80 built.
Fitted with folding wings and arrestor hook for carrier operations. 60 built.
Requisioned aircraft built for Netherlands. 162 built.
Contractual USAAF designation for Lend Lease production for UK.[2]
Bermuda Mk.1
Lend Lease production for United Kingdom. Turret replaced by flexible gun mounting.[2] 468 delivered.[3]


Fleet Air Arm Brewster A-34 (Model B-340E "Bermuda")
 United Kingdom
 United States


At least one Buccaneer survives; it has been restored by the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida.[4]

Specifications (SB2A-2)

Data from United States Navy Aircraft since 1911 [5]

General characteristics

  • Crew: 2: pilot and gunner
  • Length: 39 ft 2 in (11.94 m)
  • Wingspan: 47 ft 0 in (14.33 m)
  • Height: 15 ft 5 in (4.70 m)
  • Wing area: 379 ft² (35.2 m²)
  • Empty weight: 9,924 lb (4,501 kg)
  • Max takeoff weight: 14,289 lb (6,495 kg)
  • Powerplant:Wright R-2600-8 radial engine, 1,700 hp (1,268 kW)



See also

Comparable aircraft

Related lists




  1. ^ a b Swanborough and Bowers 1976, p.73.
  2. ^ a b Factsheet: Brewster A-34. National Museum of the USAF. Retrieved 24 July 2008
  3. ^ March 1998, p.38.
  4. ^ "Brewster Buccaneer under restoration". Warbird Forum. Retrieved 2007-11-13.  
  5. ^ Swanborough and Bowers 1976, p.74.


  • Donald, David (editor). American Warplanes of World War II. London: Aerospace,1995. ISBN 1 874023 72 7.
  • March, Daniel J.(editor). British Warplanes of World War II. London: Aerospace,1998. ISBN 1 874023 92 1.
  • Swanborough, Gordon and Bowers, Peter M. United States Navy Aircraft since 1911. London:Putnam, Second edition 1976. ISBN 0 370 10054 9.


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